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Sustaining a Secondary School Greek Program

C. Emil Penarubia

Boston College High School

Secondary school programs in ancient Greek depend not only on the support of the administration, but of the faculty, as well.  In the past four years Boston College High School has either maintained or increased the number of students choosing to study Greek as their sophomore year elective.  The reasons for this are varied, but equally significant.  The support of the administration, guidance counselors, and academic departments like English, Social Studies, and (even) Science make Greek an attractive offering to students who show promise in their first-year language course, ancient or modern.  The three-year course of Greek studies culminates in an oral exam administered by two local collegeprofessors, firing off questions about everything from grammar to secondary scholarship.  A public exhibit of this caliber of student serves to remind the community of how impressive the study of Greek is, especially to students considering their future options.  My talk will revolve around how to implement a Greek program in a secondary school, and how to sustain the interest and maintain enrollment.  My hope is that these ideas will also apply to programs in post-secondary institutions.


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The Future of Teaching Ancient Greek

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