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Greek (levels 1-3) - 2017/2018 Full Year Tutorial


Our Greek courses meet once per week and offer live support for independent daily work following a published curriculum from Open Texture.  Teachers will also offer some supplemental materials such as readings from Holy Scripture, icons, and prayers.

Greek (levels 1-3) - 2017/2018 Full Year Tutorial

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Teacher:  Mallory Stripling

Class Dates

  • Fall 2017: September 5 - December 15
  • Spring 2018: January 15 to May 4
  • Breaks: Thanksgiving (Nov. 23-24), Holy Week and Bright Monday (April 2-9)

Books are not included in the course fee.


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Live meeting Schedule

Greek 1 - Tuesdays,  1:15-2:00 pm Central
Greek 2 - Tuesdays, 2:10-2:55 pm Central
Greek 3 - Thursdays, 1:15-2:00 pm Central

Koine Greek at St. Raphael School

Greek classes at St. Raphael are based on the Elementary Koine Greek curriculum published by Memoria Press, with the goal of being able to read the New Testament with some study aids during the fourth year. Along the way, we also enjoy immersing ourselves in Greek as a "whole" and "living" language, the language in which much of our Orthodox tradition was written and spoken! Our study of Greek brings us into the rhythm of the liturgical year, as we memorize prayers and sing hymns for the feasts. This inductive approach nourishes our souls, as well as providing inspiration for the labors of the deductive approach found in the curriculum.

The textbook is clear and simple, introducing and reviewing elements of the Greek language at a comfortable pace, aiming at comprehension and mastery. In our weekly meetings, Mrs. Stripling prepares the students for the upcoming week of home study by reviewing paradigms and vocabulary, explaining the lesson, and coaching students through translations. Workbook exercises assigned for each day of the week provide the repetition necessary for mastery of grammatical concepts, and flashcards aid in vocabulary recognition. In class, we focus on learning to diagram English and Greek sentences, which gives students an intimate working knowledge of the sentence, the basic structure of all languages.

Every student is expected to memorize paradigms, vocabulary, and verses, prayers and songs. 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.

A note on pronunciation: Most Koine Greek textbooks for schools, including the Memoria Press curriculum that we use, teach "Erasmian" pronunciation. This sounds different from the Greek that you hear today in church. In class we choose to follow the Erasmian pronunciation for the most part, but we welcome students to use the modern pronunciation if they are already familiar with it. When we learn hymns of the church, we use the modern pronunciation so that the students can sing along in liturgical settings.

Greek 1

Greek 1 will complete most of Year One of the Elementary Greek course published by Memoria Press. We go slowly in the beginning to ensure that everyone has a handle on reading and pronouncing the Greek alphabet. In the past we have completed 25 of the 30 lessons in the book.

Year One covers:
Reading and pronouncing the Greek alphabet
Present tense verbs
The irregular verb εἰμί
Nominative and genitive cases of nouns
First declension nouns
Second declension nouns, neuter and masculine
Simple sentences in Greek
Article "the"
Prepositions with the genitive case

Greek 2

In Fall of 2017, Greek 2 will begin with Lesson 25 of Year 1 of the Elementary Greek course published by Memoria Press. We will finish Year 1 during the first several weeks and expect to get through about 20 lessons in the Year 2 Book.

Greek 2 students memorize the Lord's Prayer in Greek, as well as adding more hymns and prayers of the Orthodox liturgical year to their repertoire.

Year 2 covers:
Dative and accusative cases
The direct object
Prepositions with the dative and accusative
The word "not"
Personal pronouns, 1st and 2nd person
The dative case
The imperfect tense
Imperfect tense for εἰμί
Deponent verbs
Masculine nouns of the first declension

Greek 3

In Fall of 2017, Greek 3 will begin with Lesson 15 in the Year 2 book. We will finish Year 2 in the first semester and expect to get through another 15 lessons in Year 3 in the second semester.

Greek 3 students begin to read whole passages of the New Testament with study aids, as well as adding more hymns and prayers of the Orthodox liturgical year to their repertoire.

Year 3 covers:
The third declension
Declension of Ιησούς
Future tense verbs
Prepositions with multiple cases
Third person personal pronoun
The dative of means
The passive voice
The imperfect passive
More first declension nouns
Other uses for αὐτός
καί and οὐδέ
Contract verbs
The future of εἰμί


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