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First Greek (koine) lesson with Prof. Christophe Rico - Part I





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Uploaded on Feb 5, 2012

First Greek (Koine) class following the book "Polis" by Christophe Rico, éditions du Cerf, 2009.

Teacher: Prof. Christophe Rico
Assistant: Thomas Rego

The Polis method takes inspiration from the Total Physical Response (TPR) method, according to which learning foreign languages should follow the physical and oral process by which a mother tongue is acquired -- a process in which stages of passive learning precede those of active learning.

In this very first Greek class students are expected, following the TPR method, to show their understanding of the languages by performing the orders (in Greek!) given by the teacher.

The main innovation of the Polis method is the application of the TPR technique to so-called "dead" tongues, which it attempts to teach as though they were "living" ones. Hence, since it stimulates all the cognitive faculties of the student, the Polis method facilitates the acquisition of the grammar and vocabulary, and enables one, after two years of learning, to read and understand a simple text without dictionary or translation.

For more information about the Polis Institute, see:
For more information about the book and the method, see:

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