The UK’s largest classical summer school now offers teachers’ Greek courses at Beginner and Intermediate levels.

Students cover a large amount of Greek within a scholarly and academically-intensive environment. The courses represent an ideal CPD opportunity for those wishing to acquire new expertise.

The Beginner course is for those with little or no Greek at present, and assumes no prior knowledge. It provides a strong foundation for those who plan to offer Greek within their own schools.

The Intermediate course provides a refresher for GCSE language requirements and covers current GCSE literature set texts, equipping teachers to deliver them in their own schools.

Teachers who wish to attend the summer school and join a higher level group (i.e. an Advanced class) are very welcome to do so. They should contact the Director of Studies (details below) to discuss their circumstances.

The main features are:

- 32 hours of Greek tuition (with significant amounts of independent study in between sessions);

  Beginner: coverage of all of Taylor, Greek to GCSE: Part One;

  Intermediate: revision of language content of Greek to GCSE: Part Two and reading of GCSE set texts (Homer, Herodotus and the other options);

- specific sessions and integrated discussion about strategies for teaching Greek in schools (e.g. resources, teaching priorities, how to exploit links with Latin, online tools, etc.);

- several lesson observations of other classes at the summer school;

- over 20 seminars and lectures to choose from in the afternoons and evenings, covering a wide range of linguistic, literary, historical, philosophical and artistic topics;

- two drama performances by students: a comedy (in English) and a tragedy (in Greek);

- the chance to meet the course tutors - 45 school-/university-level Greek teachers;

- access to Bryanston School’s sports and music facilities.

The course fee is £800: 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, but bursaries are available if required. Classics For All have provided funds specifically to support teachers at UK state schools and others (PGCE students or those from overseas or working in the independent sector) are eligible for a bursary too. Please email the Course Secretary, Cathy Bothwell, with queries about logistics, accommodation and financial matters: jactgreekss@gmail.com.

Any questions regarding the academic programme should be addressed to the Director of Studies, Henry Cullen: jactgreekdos@gmail.com

To apply, please email Cathy Bothwell (jactgreekss@gmail.com) to request an application form.

 

A testimonial from the 2018 teacher course:

“I would recommend the JACT Greek Summer School to any teacher who is keen to introduce Greek in their school. As a non-specialist English teacher who has converted to Classics, the JACT Greek teacher course has given me the confidence to deliver beginners Greek to my students. In addition to learning the language myself, the summer school provided the opportunity to observe experienced teachers of Greek and understand more about the methods used to teach the subject. The experience of learning Greek was challenging but ultimately very rewarding and the facilities and teaching materials are outstanding. At the start of the week I had no knowledge of the language, but after the two weeks I felt confident enough to begin a Greek club at my school. I have found myself using techniques and ideas that I picked up at the summer school. Thanks once again!”