Teaching students to READ

Rodney J. Decker rdecker at bbc.edu
Wed Aug 30 08:03:18 EDT 2000


At 11:38 AM 8/29/00 -0500, you wrote:
>I am now teaching Greek 101 (well, that's not the number they use, but you
>get the point) for the first time.  We are working with A.K.M. Adam's

>What tools for reading do you have students use?  (I haven't had them
>purchase an analytical lexicon or whatnot.)

And I hope you *never* have them buy an analytical! They will never learn 
Greek with such a beast and you will be forever frustrated as a teacher if 
you allow them to use one. *Do* require a lexicon. I start them on Newman 
(realizing its limitations), but tell them that it is a "beginner's 
dictionary" and that they will need to move to a "real" lexicon 
asap--namely BAGD (whoops! make that BDAG). But since BDAG hasn't 
materialized yet, I'm not requiring it at this point (though I will the 
first semester that I can actually put my hands on a printed copy of it.)

(I've heard rumors--unconfirmed at this point--that the ship date for BDAG 
has been pushed back to Jan '01. Anyone heard anything recently? Esp. those 
of you who know Fred Danker?)

Rod





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