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Friday, August 7, 2015

Biblical Greek: Homeschooling Online Classes

ADDENDUM: This course is now being offered free for the 2015/2016 school year. 

“I now entered the first class of what today would be called the gymnasium for classical languages [Greek and Latin] ... In retrospect it seems to me that an education in Greek and Latin antiquity created a mental attitude that resisted seduction by a totalitarian ideology.” 
~ Pope Benedict XVI, Memoirs

Homeschool Connections is very excited to let you know that we are continuing to offer Biblical Greek for the upcoming school year. Students as young as thirteen and as old as eighteen are welcomed to join us. This is a great course led by an energetic and knowledgable teacher. His love for the subject is contagious -- his students can't help but succeed in their Greek studies. (See below for a video with Mr. Egan.)

This course can be taken as an independent, learning course through Unlimited Access or as a live, interactive course starting in September (details below).

Why Learn Biblical Greek?
Why not? To understand the New Testament and the classics firsthand, in the language they were written, is a great gift. It helps to establish a strong foundation for Catholic education.

Top Ten benefits to learning a new language, specifically Biblical Greek:
  1. Knowledge is always increased in learning completely new things.
  2. Learning a new language, with a new alphabet, improves analytical and logic skills.
  3. The ability to read the New Testament in it's original language.
  4. To gain a new cultural perspective.
  5. A greater appreciation of language and its structure, including English.
  6. A greater knowledge of English vocabulary, as many English words contain Greek roots.
  7. Higher SAT and ACT scores.
  8. Biblical Greek followed by, or proceeded by, Latin benefits students in a unique way as both are the main root languages of our Western culture.
  9. The Greek language has a long and rich history stretching all the way from the thirteenth century BC to the present.
  10. Because the pope says it's a good idea!
“Hardly any lawful price would seem to me too high for what I have gained by being made to learn Latin and Greek.” 
~C.S. Lewis

(click on course title to register)


Note: This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two in the spring.
Registration is limited to 15 students.
Class dates: Mondays, September 14 to December 14, 2015
Total classes: 14
Starting time: 4:30 PM Eastern (3:30 Central; 2:30 Mountain; 1:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Basic English Grammar
Suggested grade level: 7th grade and up.
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Biblical Greek or foreign language.
Fee: $185 if you register on or before July 15, 2015. $205 after July 15 for all 14 classes.
Instructor: Dan Egan
Course description: In this course, we begin with the alphabet, which is not as frightening as might be thought. Then we will progress slowly into Nouns and adjectives. A part of the class will be given to Christian Greek symbols and their meanings. We will also focus on Greek roots found in English words to build our English vocabulary – an excellent boost for the SAT vocabulary section. There will be 10-15 minutes of homework every night and progress will be seen in a few short weeks. By the 3rd week we will be reading short passages from the Greek New Testament.
Course materialsBasics of Biblical Greek, Deluxe Edition (2nd Edition) by William Mounce, ISBN # 0310250870 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0310250870/catholictreas-20).

Homework: Includes study of vocabulary and grammar forms as well as worksheets. There will be a weekly practice quiz as well as an in-class quiz. Homework will take approximately 15 minutes daily in addition to weekly lecture and review.

Meet the Instructor:


Daniel Egan received his B.S. in Geography from Northern Kentucky University, but his true love has been teaching Biblical Greek in Cincinnati since 2001 to high school and grade school children. He occasionally can be heard on EWTN's Sunrise Morning Show on their Bible Tidbit segment. Dan loves to study the Bible and to evangelize. He is happily married to Arica Egan and they have 5 children so far. He has been a student of Gary Michuta's since 2003.

(click on course title to register)
This is a 2-part course. Students interested in joining us midyear should email if unsure about prerequisites.
Registration is limited to 15 students.
Class dates: Mondays, January 11 to April 25, 2016. No class Feb. 22 for midterm break or March 28 for Easter break.
Total classes: 14
Starting time: 4:30 PM Eastern (3:30 Central; 2:30 Mountain; 1:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Introduction to Biblical Greek, Part One (Fall 2015 or Unlimited Access) or equivalent.
Suggested grade level: 7th grade and up.
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Biblical Greek or foreign language.
Fee: $185 if you register on or before November 15, 2015. $205 after Nov. 15 for all 14 classes.
Instructor: Dan Egan
Course description: In this course, we begin with the alphabet, which is not as frightening as might be thought. Then we will progress slowly into Nouns and adjectives. A part of the class will be given to Christian Greek symbols and their meanings. We will also focus on Greek roots found in English words to build our English vocabulary – an excellent boost for the SAT vocabulary section. There will be 10-15 minutes of homework every night and progress will be seen in a few short weeks. By the 3rd week we will be reading short passages from the Greek New Testament.
Course materialsBasics of Biblical Greek, Deluxe Edition (2nd Edition) by William Mounce, ISBN # 0310250870 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0310250870/catholictreas-20)

Homework: Includes study of vocabulary and grammar forms as well as worksheets. There will be a weekly practice quiz as well as an in-class quiz. Homework will take approximately 15 minutes daily in addition to weekly lecture and review.

“To read Latin and Greek authors in their original, is a sublime luxury. I thank on my knees him who directed my early education for having put into my possession this rich source of delight; and I would not exchange it for anything which I could then have acquired, and have not since acquired.” 
     ~ Thomas Jefferson

2 comments:

Angie said...

I'm curious if you will be offering Biblical Greek 2 next year in this same format? My son is about 2/3 done with this book.

Homeschool Connections said...

No, I'm sorry Angie. Mr. Egan won't be available to teach next year.