The Moss Method for Greek

Introduction     What You Receive    Format    Intended Audience    Pilot    Cost    Enroll

Sample Videos – Module I: Lesson 1, Pronunciation, Syllabification, Diacriticals

Sample Assignments Assignment 1, Assignment 2, Assignment 3

Sample Quizzes and Exams Quiz 1, Quiz 7, Exam 1 (note: some of these quizzes are grammar-heavy; they follow the reading, not precede nor substitute)

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Introduction

There is a lack of high-quality, comprehensive Greek instruction readily available in an inexpensive, expertly-presented, and self-paced format.

For this reason I have devised a new method based on the 1893 work of Charles Melville Moss (RIP) entitled A First Greek Reader. This phenomenally good text is available for in the public domain, and I have supplemented it with numerous helps and extensive whiteboard explanations.

When we say that it is a new method, we really mean that it is an old, tried and true method which, though obviously true, few are willing to try.

Without naming names or taking prisoners, anyone who has attempted to learn Greek from the popular textbooks available today – whether for Koine or Attic – can easily see for themselves how little actual Greek language the majority of them contain. Most of these textbooks – and I have taught from all the major ones – contain only a small amount of actual Greek, and mostly explain rules and grammar.

Make no mistake, the understanding of grammar and constructions, learning forms and rules and applying them, is essential to a strong knowledge of Greek. But these skills arise from working with Greek and must not be learned in isolation.

In this way, The Moss Method is quite different: the student begins reading simple, connected Greek prose on the first day and continues to do so until the end of the course.

From Moss’ own preface:

“A pleasant and rapid translation.” That’s all it takes: 1st/alpha declension and the present indicative of the verb.

The Moss Method for Greek is divided into 4 modules of carefully graduated difficulty.

Each module is designed for working at one’s own pace but can reasonably be finished within one semester or 5-month period.

What You Receive

  • Exclusive access to Dr. Noe’s word-by-word, line-by-line explanatory videos on each of the Moss readings for that module, 40 in all. The length of these videos depends on the length of the reading, and thus vary from 10 to 30 minutes in length, for approximately 15 hours of video instruction per module.
  • Exclusive access to Dr. Noe’s Greek Quick Sheets (GQS1, 2, etc.): clearly presented, carefully compressed and curated explanations and charts of the Greek language (based on the Greek grammars of Goodwin and H.W. Smyth). These GQS’s are consistently referenced in each of the videos so that the student can follow along and check their knowledge as they make their way through the readings.
  • 1 extensive, graduated parsing homework assignment for each of the 40 lessons per module. The student submits these after completing each reading together with the video lesson, and Dr. Noe and his staff grade and return these, providing personalized feedback to your progress in the Greek language.
  • 8 quizzes, one after each 5 lessons, graduated in difficulty and cumulative. The student downloads these at their own pace and submits them, and Dr. Noe and his staff will grade and return these, providing personalized feedback on your progress in the Greek language.
  • 1 midterm exam, after lesson 20, cumulative and personally graded.
  • 1 final exam, after lesson 40, cumulative and personally graded.
  • After completing Module I, you retain exclusive access to that module and all of its resources as you progress through other modules.
  • 10 vocabulary quizzes from Robert C. Baird’s Greek-English Wordlist, Containing About 1,000 Most Common Greek Words, So Arranged as to be Most Easily Learned and Remembered.
  • Extra helps: how to syllabify, how to understand diphthongs, how to increase reading speed, how to build a vocabulary for Attic, Koine, and both.
  • This course is not for credit, but the student who works diligently at the material will complete the equivalent of 2 semesters of college-level Greek. Several of my students who have worked through this method with me have gone on to excel in seminary Greek and elsewhere, due to the quality of Moss’ text and the thoroughness of the explanations provided by the instructor.

Format

All LatinPerDiem content currently available will remain freely available. The Moss Method for Greek will be exclusive access and password-protected. After purchasing this access, you can view videos and participate in a community forum to interact with other students in the course and have your questions answered and moderated by Dr. Noe and his staff.

There you will also download assignments, quizzes, and exams.

Intended Audience

The intended audience for these modules is anyone who wishes to learn Greek, beginning simply and building a very comprehensive and strong structure. The course is especially well- suited to:

  • students ages 10-18 in a homeschool, Classical Christian school, or public school setting
  • undergraduates at an institution which does not offer Greek
  • gradaute school candidates who need Greek proficiency
  • second career individuals considering seminary
  • pastors and other professionals who wish to improve and perfect the Greek knowledge they have attained elsewhere
  • Greek teachers at secondary schools and elsewhere.

Pilot

The pilot course begins enrolling October 1, and will be capped at  15 individuals. Pilot content rolls out January 7, 2019 and will run until May 15, when enrollment for Module I will reopen, as well as Module II.

Price

The price for Module I during the pilot period is $199. The regular price per module will be $299 after the pilot period concludes.

Enroll

To enroll, send $199 via paypal to davidcnoe@gmail.com. Pilot course access opens January 7, 2019.