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Keith Rogers commented on Seumas Macdonald's blog post Conversational Greek
"I suspect you have heard about this already but W.H.D.Rouse's Direct Method materials on the teaching of Greek ‘A Greek Boy at Home’ and his ‘First Greek Course’ are being revised by Anne Mahoney at Tufts University and…"
Jul 13, 2009
Seumas Macdonald commented on Molendinarius's blog post Greek Podcast?
"I don't know. The material at Internet Archive is still there, but both the blogspot and the wiki have vanished. That is a real concern, it showed so much promise."
Feb 14, 2009
Seumas Macdonald commented on Andrew K-H's blog post Teaching Latin Online, Part I---by Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser, Instructor, Carmenta Online Latin Classroom
"Looking forward to hearing more."
Feb 11, 2009
Seumas Macdonald commented on Molendinarius's blog post Proposal - Collaborative Classics Podcast
"In theory I'm keen. In practice, I'm a little time-strapped. But it does sound like a good initiative."
Feb 2, 2009

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Sydney, Australia
Role in the Classics Classroom (real or virtual):
all of the above
About Me:
Hi, I'm a graduate student in Classics and Theology, with a sharp interest in linguistics and pedagogy. I like to sideline in teaching classical languages when the opportunities present themselves.
My Website:
http://jeltzz.com

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Manifesto

I have written and posted a Manifesto on the Classical Languages

Posted on March 27, 2008 at 5:21pm

Conversational Greek

Today I started a small tutorial group of students on Conversational Greek. About 12 people showed up, entirely voluntarily, so that was a good start. All have had between 1-3 years Koine behind them, but the experience of listening to Greek to try and comprehend was quite new for all of them. I began with some simple expressions of greeting, asking names, some objects, etc.. I'm looking forward to continuing to meet with them, tossing up whether to go into some TPR type activities, or use A… Continue

Posted on February 26, 2008 at 3:06am — 2 Comments

Puer Romanus!

In some of my spare time I try and track down obscure Latin and Greek books. Particularly I've been trying to gather information and texts relating to WHD Rouse and the direct-method revival around that time that seems to have arisen (and then been swamped). Anyway, Appleton and Jones produced a number of Latin materials at the time, similar in scope to Rouse's "A Greek Boy at Home", from what I can tell. I've just located one of them, "Puer Romanus" which may be of interest to some:…

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Posted on February 21, 2008 at 5:41am — 4 Comments

Blackie's Greek and English Dialogue

John Stuart Blackie produced a marvellous little book in 1875 of dialogues in Greek and Latin, having come to Scotland and been appalled at the weakness of the students in colloquial Latin and Greek. It's well out of copyright, so as soon as I get some more time, I'll be adding it to my (slow to appear) podcasts, and make a copy available of the text. Would that we could unearth more gems like this.

Posted on February 11, 2008 at 7:48pm

Technology and Classics

I first started applying technology to my study of classics several years ago. It began with electronic flashcards, which increased my vocabulary learning untold amounts. Then I moved from working on paper to working on computer for reading and annotating texts. But the biggest leap came last year.



For me, a commitment to making classical languages living and active is a underlying burden and principle for both my studies and teaching. I was more than thrilled to see Evan Millner's… Continue

Posted on February 8, 2008 at 5:30pm

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At 7:09pm on September 14, 2007, Laura Gibbs said…
Hello Seumas!!! I hope we can make good use of this great space. I actively participate in the classroom2.0 ning which is also very international. Greetings to you in your hemisphere! :-)
At 7:11pm on September 18, 2007, Laura Gibbs said…
hi Seumas, I looked at your webpage and we have a lot of interests in common! I'm working right now on a follow-up to my Latin Via Proverbs book which is based on 4000 verses (well, parts of verses usually) from the Vulgate Bible, organized grammatically. someday... when oh when will I get the time ... I want to do a similar project for Biblical Greek. anyway, I'll send you a copy of the Vulgate book when it is done, hopefully soon soon soon. :-)
At 2:50am on February 20, 2008, Ann Martin said…
salve! I like your idea mentioned on Oerberg list of setting up a similar list for Thrasymachus/Athenaze. I'd like to add Greek Boy at Home to the texts, too, and then join such a list. How do we set one up?

Anna Peregrina

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