New Life into Old Courses? Using Digital Tools in Reading and Prose Composition Classes

Stylianos Chronopoulos (Freiburg)

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies seminar 2016

Friday July 22nd at 16:30, in room 234, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Is it possible and desirable to use digital treebanking and translation alignment tools in courses of prose composition and close reading? This seminar will present an experiment of introducing such tools in Greek courses at the University of Freiburg. The starting hypothesis is that digital tools extend the ways we interact with texts both as readers and writers, and enhance consciousness, thus promoting learning. We will proof this hypothesis and reflect upon the possibilities of combining analogical reading with analysis through digital tools and the impact this combination may have on our understanding either of an original text or of a text we produce for exercise purposes.

Recommended readings:

Moritz, M. et al (2014), 'AncientGeek: Primary Sources Powering Historical Language Learning' In: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education. (available)

Mambrini, F. (2016). 'The Ancient Greek Dependency Treebank: Linguistic Annotation in a Teaching Environment.' In: Bodard, G. & Romanello, M. (eds.) Digital Classics Outside the Echo-Chamber: Teaching, Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement. Pp. 83–99. London: Ubiquity Press. (available)

Celano, Giuseppe G. A. Guidelines for the Ancient Greek Dependency Treebank 2.0, Introduction (available)

Livecast at Digital Classicist London YouTube channel.