Teacher Courses: not running for 2020

We provide a range of courses aimed at teachers wanting to begin or advance their study of Ancient Greek, with a view to extending provision in their own schools. With the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 outbreak, we cannot be confident that we will have staff available to provide these specialised courses alongside our main student course, and so will regrettably not be able to offer teacher courses for 2020. We hope that all those interested in attending will be able to join us in 2021.

Greek courses for teachers

Teacher courses last for one week (Sunday to Saturday).

The main features of the courses are:

– 17 hours of Greek tuition (with significant amounts of independent study in between sessions);

– integrated discussion about delivering the material in schools, as well as extra CPD sessions (e.g. Greek on limited time, textbook options, how to exploit links with Latin, online tools, etc.);

– lesson observations of other classes at the summer school;

– afternoon seminars and evening lectures, covering a wide range of linguistic, literary, historical, philosophical and artistic topics;

– the chance to meet the course tutors – 40 school-/university-level Greek teachers;

– access to Bryanston School’s outstanding sports and music facilities.

Those at Bryanston in week 2 will also have the chance to see two drama performances by students: a comedy (in English) on the Sunday and a tragedy (in Greek) on the Friday.

The course fee for one week is £420: this includes all tuition and full-board accommodation (mature students are usually housed together). We would expect that most teachers applying for the course would be funded by their school. If this is not possible, bursaries are available; thanks to generous support from Classics For All and the Classical Association, we have funds specifically to support teachers.

Please use the contact page if you have any queries about logistics, accommodation and financial matters or the academic programme.

Courses offered

Beginners

For those with no experience of Greek at all, beyond recognising the alphabet

Intermediate

For those not yet at GCSE standard who are unable to tackle unadapted Greek

GCSE Level

For those of GCSE standard or beyond, who are already reading Ancient Greek texts

Beginners

Week 1 – A course for those with little or no Greek at present – no prior knowledge is assumed. It provides a strong introduction to the basics of noun cases and verb tenses. Taylor’s Greek to GCSE Chapters 1-5 will be covered.

Intermediate

Week 2 – This course assumes some knowledge, i.e. the three noun declensions and common verbs in present, future, imperfect and aorist tenses. It will start at Chapter 6 of Taylor’s Greek to GCSE and will aim to get well into Chapter 9. Key topics covered will include participles, the middle and passive voices, comparison of adjectives, and verbs with epsilon-contraction. It will be possible for teachers to attend the Beginner course in Week 1 and stay on for the Intermediate course in Week 2 if they wish.

GCSE Level

Week 2 – This course will provide a refresher for the UK GCSE requirements: it will recap the main constructions and linguistic features, and will cover the most popular set text options for the literature papers (Homer and Herodotus). It will be of great value for those who have not yet taught the GCSE, as well as for those returning to Greek teaching and seeking to consolidate their knowledge.

Teachers wishing to attend the summer school at a higher level (i.e. in an Advanced class) for the full fortnight are welcome to do so. They should contact the Director of Studies to discuss their individual circumstances and study aims.

Interested in attending the Greek summer school?