Posts Tagged ‘summer schools’

Belfast Summer School in Classics, 4-8 July

April 5, 2016
Gratuitous picture of Belfast by night

Gratuitous picture of Belfast by night

An announcement on the CLASSICISTS list says:

The Classical Association in Northern Ireland is delighted to invite you to the first Classical Greek summer school in Belfast.  The school is open to all over the age of 18.  This year, courses will be offered to complete beginners and those with a rudimentary knowledge of Classical Greek. 

There will be two hours of teaching each morning, at 10-11am and 12 noon-1pm, Monday to Friday, and afternoon classes from 2-3pm on Monday and Wednesday, allowing time for private study between sessions. 

The fee for the course is £75 and the closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 3rd June 2016.  For further information and an application form, please contact the co-ordinator, Helen McVeigh by email

There’s also a Facebook page here.

Immersion Courses in Classical Languages

March 23, 2014
Lexington, Kentucky--where they do Latin

Lexington, Kentucky–where they do Latin

This blog took part in some discussion about possibilities for an immersion course in an ancient language (basically Latin or  Greek) in 2014 with the following results.

The obvious answer would be something in Latin,  and there did indeed turn out to be such things in the US:  Conversational Latin Seminars at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and, with a Roman Catholic connection, Latin Summer Immersion at Wyoming Catholic College, Cenaculum Sancti Hieronymi in Mobile, Alabama.  (Now you can see some despatches from Lexington here.)

Outside of the US, Accademia Vivarium Novum is an eight-week intensive Latin course in Rome (with the possibility of some Greek as well).  Staying in Rome, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross offers intensive summer courses in Latin, Greek (Koine) and Biblical Hebrew.  Now they seem to be connected with the Polis Institute in Jerusalem, who have summer courses in Latin and Syriac.  They also have a textbook, Polis : Parler le grec ancien comme une langue vivante, as well as Latin and (Koine) Greek courses in Barcelona and Latin and Greek courses in Florida.

Having apparently abandoned Israel, the Biblical Language Centre will be doing a Biblical Hebrew/Koine Greek Ulpan in North Carolina.

Finally, the Paideia Institute offers Living (Medieval) Latin in Paris, Living Latin in Rome and Living Greek in Greece (and they also do telepaideia, online courses in conversational Latin and Attic).  Living Greek in Greece is an intensive introduction to spoken to Attic Greek.  In two seminar-style meetings per day, participants read and discuss ancient Greek literature and philosophy in Attic Greek.  Each year, readings are organized around a set theme.  The theme for 2014 is Dionysus.  The readings are Euripides’ Bacchae and the Homeric Hymns to Dionysus.  Now that sounds well exciting, like something out of Donna Tartt…At the same venue, one can also Speak and philosophize in Ancient Greek (scroll some way down the page!)

Leiden Summer School 2013

March 16, 2013
Leiden 2013

Leiden

I have received the following letter about the Leiden Summer School (which I went to in 2009):

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are happy to announce the eighth edition of the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics which will be held from 15 July – 26 July 2013 at the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University.

The Summer School offers a number of courses on a wide range of subjects in the field of languages and linguistics.

This year, the Summer School will consist of nine programmes, including courses for beginners as well as for advanced students, taught by internationally renowned specialists:

· Germanic Programme

· Indo-European Programme for beginners

· Indo-European Programme for advanced students

· Indological Programme

· Iranian Programme

· Language Description Programme

· Romance Languages Programme

· Semitic Programme

· Russian Programme

In addition to these programmes, a Tashelhiyt Berber Language Course will be taught daily from 14.00 to 15.30 h.

For more information and registration, visit: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/summerschool/.

Yours sincerely,

Alexander Lubotsky (director)

Tina Janssen (organizer)

Comparative Indo-European Linguistics

Leiden University

PO Box 9515

NL-2300 RA Leiden

The Netherlands

summerschool@hum.leidenuniv.nl

SACE Ancient Worlds Summer School

August 8, 2012

Animated discussion at break-time

The first week of the SACE Ancient Worlds Summer School included language courses in Sanskrit (which was a bit disorganised) and Akkadian (which was excellent), or alternatively lectures based on current research in Egyptology.

We were surprised to see that the potentially 20 sessions for the two languages were reduced to 17, two of the missing ones being taken up with a ‘visit’ to a museum that was closed–so there was a handling session instead.  The schedule is shown in the picture below:

In another location, the masses showed their opinion of student hall catering:

We do Akkadian in 7 hours

August 4, 2012

So this is how we did Akkadian in seven hours:

Session 1: Hammurabi (1792 BC –1750 BC) consolidated Babylonian power.  His laws are good reading for beginners since they follow a set structure.  The nominal sentence with -ma, verb statives, independent pronoun.

Session 2:  Expressing possession with the particle ša, pronominal suffixes, the construct state.  Some exercises.  We also write cuneiform on clay tablets using extra-large matches somewhere around here.

Session 3:  Some books on Akkadian and Ancient Mesopotamia.  Triconsonantal roots.  Adjectives and nouns.

Session 4:  The G stem of strong verbs.  Subj-Obj-Ind Obj-Verb.

Session 5: The G D  Š and N stems.  Weak verbs (verbs with a weak stem consonant).

Session 6:  We translate some of the Laws of Hammurabi, like the following:

šumma awīlum īn mār awīlim uhtappid īnšu uhappadū

if a man the eye of the son of a man has blinded his eye they will blind

Session 7: We read some cuneiform Laws of Hammurabi from clay tablets kindly manufactured by Hannah for this very purpose.

Commentary:  That was excellent!  We were well impressed at how our tutor Hannah Johnson had prepared a great variety of materials and used a variety of approaches in putting the subject across, along with being very nice about it all.  It turned out to be the first time she had taught Akkadian, so we felt especially honoured.

Most of the material used can be found on the Internet here.

What did we do in 10 hours of Sanskrit in Liverpool?

August 2, 2012

It remains far away!

That’s a good question.

The short answer would be that we got a commentary to the first four chapters of  Coulson’s Complete Teach Yourself Sanskrit, with the idea that we could then proceed under our own steam.  As our instructor pointed out, Coulson’s book really presupposes a reader who already knows their Latin and/or Greek, thus giving them the basic structure, and merely needs to have the peculiarities of Sanskrit pointed out.  As someone else pointed out, another feature of Coulson is that the rather small format means that the paradigms aren’t set out in nice large reassuring tables but are instead rather difficult to comprehend.

The approach also involved bringing into play the material in the appendices at the back of the book, rather than just the text at the front.

So here’s the content of the sessions (each of which occupied one hour).  There were seven in the group and at least in the instructor’s opinion we didn’t need any explanation of the traditional terminology of ‘grammar’.

Session 1:  Position of Sanskrit as ancient Indo-European language.  Not used for everyday purposes.  Ignore devanagari script.

Session 2:  Present indicative active of thematic verbs.  Vowel gradation (guna, vrdhhi).

Session 3:   To be (asmi/bhu) pres ind act.  Pres ind act of gam and stha.  Sandhi and use of sandhi grid.

Session 4:  Paradigm of nouns in -a: nom, acc, instr, dat, abl, gen, loc, voc; singular, plural and dual.  (Something seems to have happened to the duals of phala and kanya.)

For our homework, we did Exercise 2b from Coulson in the Roman transliteration version.  That was quite feasible, though required a definite effort.

Session 5:  First and second person personal pronouns (again without the dual, but in all the cases).

Session 6:  Imperfect of asma.  Compounds.  Some applications of sandhi.

Session 7:  Declension of adjectives (in -a).

Session 8:  Past participles.  Use of these in place of finite verbs as characteristic of Sanskrit.

Our homework was (the romanised version of) Exercise 3b from Coulson.  Only one person had sufficient morale to apply the time-honoured procedure of writing out all the questions and then underneath them the answers from the back of the book.

Section 9:  Our instructor went through the homework.

Session 10:  Our instructor went through the first few (17) lines from the Tale of Nala from the Mahabharata, identifying the words and parsing them.

As for texts for further study, our tutor mentioned Ramopakhyana – The Story of Rama in the Mahabharata by Peter Scharf, together with  The Sanskrit Language by Maurer and Fields and A Sanskrit Grammar by Manfred Mayrhofer.

Conclusion:  That was all rather disorganised.  We were disappointed to see the ‘four contact hours per day’ become 10 contact hours over 3 days, with Wednesday afternoon a half-holiday.  But it was useful to be told which were the more and less important parts of Coulson and how much attention (not) to pay to learning the rules of sandhi in detail.

Leiden Summer School 2010

March 23, 2010

Yes, it really does look like that!

We have received an email as follows:

Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics: 19 July – 30 July 2010

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are happy to announce the fifth edition of the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics which will be held from 19 July – 30 July 2010 at the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University. The Summer School offers a number of courses on a wide range of subjects in the field of languages and linguistics. This year, the Summer School will consist of six programmes, including courses for beginners as well as for advanced students, taught by internationally renowned specialists:

Germanic Programme
Indo-European Programme
Indological Programme

Iranian Programme
Semitic Programme
Russian Programme

For more information and registration, visit: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/summerschool/ .

Yours sincerely,
Alexander Lubotsky (director)
Tina Janssen (organizer)

(Or you can see my reminiscences of 2007 here.)