[B-Greek] A Greek Pedagogical Question

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at ioa.com
Fri Jul 22 08:28:23 EDT 2005

On Jul 21, 2005, at 5:38 PM, Elizabeth Kline wrote:

> Randall Buth wrote:
>> ... linguists can attest that much of what speakers say 'about' a
>> language is not often valid when it comes to explanation. The bizarre
>> side appears when an adult language user can give either a  
>> theoretical
>> or a popular explanation about a structure but cannot fluently use it
>> or understand it when hearing it at normal conversational speeds. I
>> don't advocate analyzing a structure as a doorway into fluency.
> Why is this bizarre? Can a typical NT translation consultant order  
> a meal in
> Koine? Was fluency even a goal in their professional training?

No, of course not. But for my part I think Randall is right to think  
that fluency
OUGHT to be a goal for any professional who works with NT Greek --  
and that
Randall's pedagogy is probably more successful than most of what  
serves as
NT Greek instruction in making that goal achievable. But the real  
scandal is the
6-week (or less!) cram courses in Beginning Greek that so many  
make the only prerequisite for courses in exegesis.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Emeritus)
1989 Grindstaff Road/Burnsville, NC 28714/(828) 675-4243
cwconrad2 at mac.com
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