St. Raphael offers Biblical Greek courses for beginning and continuing students. Studying Greek trains children in the art of grammar universal to all language, as well as giving them access to the New Testament and Septuagint, Byzantine hymnography, and Patristic writings in the original tongue. Learn more about our Greek Program here.
Greek 1 - Yearlong 2018-19
Course Details at a Glance:
Term: Yearlong 2018–19 (Find our academic calendar here.)
Target Age Range: 12+
Instructor: Mrs. Mallory Stripling
Live Session Schedule: Tuesdays, 2:15 p.m. EST (1:15 p.m. CST), 60 min.
Technical Requirements: Learn about our updated technical requirements here.
Biblical Greek at St. Raphael School:
Learn more about our entire Greek program here.
Greek 1 Course Description:
In this course students will complete most of Year One of the Elementary Greek course published by Memoria Press. The course moves slowly in the beginning to ensure that everyone has a handle on reading and pronouncing the Greek alphabet. In the past, the students have completed 25 of the 30 lessons in the book. In their study of the Greek language, students will:
- Learn to pronounce the Greek alphabet (Modern pronunciation)
- Expand understanding of English grammar through the study of Greek grammar
- Practice parsing, classifying, and diagramming Greek and English sentences
- Memorize paradigms of Greek nouns, verbs, adjectives, articles, and pronounces
- Develop Ancient/Biblical Greek vocabulary (foundational to the English vocabulary of many academic disciplines, such as medicine, mathematics, theology, etc.)
Mrs. Stripling also guides students in a study of Orthodox hymnography and scripture. Students will:
- Learn to sing Apolitykia of 12 Great Feasts in both Greek and English (Byzantine Chant)
- Inscribe in the heart common prayers and hymns of the Liturgy
- Read Scriptures in Greek (Septuagint and New Testament)
Student Expectations: Every student is expected to memorize paradigms, vocabulary, verses, prayers, and songs, and students are asked to recite or sing them in class. Every student will be called on to participate in each class.
Weekly tests are administered at home and reviewed as a group with Mrs. Stripling. Students are encouraged to get out their red pencil during this time and make corrections on their own work.
Grading and Feedback: Mrs. Stripling will grade online submissions of tests, and give a recommendation for the course grade each semester, with comments. Throughout the year Mrs. Stripling responds to student and parent questions via email, or even phone and video conversations if needed.
- Please purchase the Elementary Greek Year 1 student textbook, test book, workbook, and teacher key from Memoria Press
- Please purchase Apolytikia of the Great Feasts by the Unfading Rose Children’s Choir, which contains most of the hymns studied in this class. (Instructor will provide any other recordings.)
Please note: The cost of books is not included in the course fee.
Scope and Sequence:
Fall 2018 Greek Language Study:
- Reading and pronouncing the Greek alphabet
- Present tense verbs
- The irregular verb εἰμί (I am)
- Nominative and genitive cases of nouns
Fall 2018 Hymn Study:
- September: Apolitykion for the Exaltation of the Cross (O Lord Save Thy People)
- October: Rejoice O Unwedded Bride (excerpts)
- November: Apolitykion for the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple (Today Is The Prelude of The Goodwill of God)
- December: Apolitykion for the Nativity Of Christ (Your Nativity O Christ Our God)
Spring 2019 Greek Language Study:
- First declension nouns
- Second declension nouns, neuter and masculine
- Simple sentences in Greek
- Article "the"
- Prepositions with the genitive case
Spring 2019 Hymn Study:
- January: Apolitykion for the Theophany of Christ (At Your Baptism In The Jordan River O Lord)
- February: Apolitykion for The Meeting of the Lord In the Temple (Rejoice O Virgin Theotokos Who Art Full of Grace)
- March: Apolitykion for the Annunciation (Today is the Beginning of Our Salvation)
- April: Antiphonal Responses for Lazarus Saturday/Palm Sunday (O Son of God Seated On The Foal of a Donkey)
- Paschal Troparion (Christ is Risen From The Dead)