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

Teacher courses in 2020 will last for one week (Sunday to Saturday), with options as follows:

Week 1 (26 July - 1 Aug): Beginner - 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.

Week 2 (2 - 8 Aug): Intermediate - 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.

Week 2 (2 - 8 Aug): GCSE-level - 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 very welcome to do so. They should contact the Director of Studies (details below) to discuss their individual circumstances and study aims.

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 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

Applications will open in January but teachers are very welcome to make contact with Cathy/Henry now to express their interest, or if they have any queries.

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!”