Modern through Ancient Greek and vice-versa

8th Biennial MGSA Pedagogy Workshop

Columbia University, NYC

November 3, 2018


A resource for teaching and study of the Greek language in all its phases

Jerneja Kavčič (Ljubljana), Brian Joseph and Christopher Brown (Ohio State)

The value of Modern Greek for the student of the Ancient language is attested by many classicists who have studied the modern language, and was a favorite theme of Albert Thumb, Nicholas Bachtin, and George Thomson among others. The same can be said in reverse–some knowledge of Ancient Greek can be helpful to students–and teachers–of the modern language.

Several Classics Departments in the USA offer Modern Greek language instruction; this workshop raises issues and provides resources helpful to those teaching Modern Greek to students familiar with the ancient language, even to teachers with little or no knowledge of Ancient Greek. Three main subjects will be broached in a hands-on manner, each documented with handouts that can be used in the classroom. Participants will be encouraged to raise questions and share their own experiences working with students and faculty with backgrounds in Classics. This approach may help MG instructors convince Classics colleagues of the value of MG to their curricula, and foster integration of MG Studies in Classics Departments.