Greek language learning in Tanzania

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Greek language learning in Tanzania
by Nicolai Winther-Nielsen - Monday, 26 March 2018, 4:05 PM

Two years ago Harold Kime joined GLI as the administrator of Global Greek Grammar. We wanted to offer effective and efficient online learning of New Testament Greek in Africa and elsewhere.

We can now evalutate the first succesful project at Nyakato Theological Bible College. Judith Gottschalk in 2015 introduced the technology to Kirsten I. Buch who is sent by Danmission to teach Greek at the college. Harold Kime took over the instruction and helped her run the class as reported in Bible OL in use in Tanzania, Denmark and Minnesota. Kirsten reported how students can now do exercises on the Greek letters, train vocabulary and read portions of the Greek New Testament.

We now have the first full report on the major impact the 3G course has had at Nyakoto for two years at Nyakato. 

Student John Mongi mentions a couple of examples on how important it is for students training to become pastors to learn Greek. He can now evaluate poor translations in his local translation and he can understand the gospel more fully.

Kirsten I. Buch, the teacher - or rather consultant on learning Greek as she now understands herself - points out that this solution has great potential. There are now promising internet solutions in a country like Tanzania, and new cheap and well functioning smart phones can be bought locally. The new Raspberry Pi server installation is a very promising solution in this new setting for learning in Africa.

Kirsten emphasizes also that the most sigficant result may very well be that this new way of self-paced language learning empowers students to learn in new significant ways. However, the course must be supported by validated credits to be really valuable for students in their career development. 

These conclusions also emerge from the assemment by Dickson Muhigi Jonas. He stresses the student impact of the 3G course:

  • self-directed learning
  • online supervisio
  • more effective use of time for learning
  • availability everywhere
However, the challenge of the internet and the lack of laptops is a serious challenge for the new classroom in Tanzania.