Greek 1

Term: Yearlong 2020–21, September 8–May 28
Target Grade Levels: 5+
Schedule: 1x / week, 60 min.
Price: $250.00

Course Section
Section 1:
Th 3:15 p.m. ET with Mallory Stripling

In this course, students will complete most of Elementary Greek: Year One published by Memoria Press. (In the past, the students have completed 25 of the 30 lessons in the book.) The course moves slowly in the beginning to ensure that everyone has a handle on reading and pronouncing the Greek alphabet. In their study of the Greek language, students will:

  • Learn to pronounce the Greek alphabet (Modern pronunciation)
  • Expand their 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 pronouns
  • 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 their hearts common prayers and hymns of the liturgy
  • Read Scriptures in Greek (Septuagint and New Testament)

Syllabus: View the course syllabus here.

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 e-mail. Phone and video conversations can be set up if needed.

Required Materials*

  • Elementary Greek Year 1 student textbooktest bookworkbook, and teacher key from Memoria Press
    (Note: Do not buy the audio CD because the pronunciation is different. Premade flashcards are optional; students are encouraged to make their own.)
  • 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.)
  • Blank flashcards
  • Binder for collecting handouts

*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.

Mallory Stripling begins her sixth year of teaching Greek with St. Raphael School in September of 2020. She embarked on her teaching career as a founding faculty member in an Orthodox classical school, where she taught children of all ages across the curriculum. Mallory is a homeschool alumna and a 2010 graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she studied philosophy, history, literature, French, Greek, mathematics, science, and music. In Santa Fe, she also met and fell in love with the Orthodox Church (into which she was baptized in 2008) and her husband, Matthew (whom she married in 2011). Matthew and Mallory live with two kindergarteners and a baby in Annapolis, Maryland, where Mallory likes to read, make bread, drink coffee, make music and art with her family, and begin knitting projects. E-mail: mstripling.raphaelschool@gmail.com

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be a much better solution, as such devices enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.

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To download Zoom:

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

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