DIDACTICS OF LANGUAGE AND GREEK CULTURE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
- Knowledge and understanding:
students will develop knowledge and comprehension competence in the field of the Didactics of the ancient Greek language and culture thanks to the use of different sources (manuals, books and scientific articles, lectures, online learning objects etc.) regarding foundation topics and advanced research in this field.
The competences will be strengthened and expanded allowing students to elaborate and apply original ideas.
- Applying knowledge and understanding:
students will be able to apply knowledge and comprehension skills useful for an initial training for ancient Greek language and culture teachers, as well as for other professional profiles related to the field of school and academic publishing and computer assisted language teaching. In particular, students will develop skills needed both to create and support argumentation and to solve problems in this field.
Comprehension and problem solving skills will be reinforced and applied to new or unfamiliar topics, belonging to wider or interdisciplinary contexts related to their field of study.
- Making judgements:
students will be able to collect and interpret data to determine autonomous judgements in in the field of the Didactics of ancient Greek language and culture, including cross-cultural and interdisciplinary thinking on cultural and intercultural, scientific and ethical topics connected to the judgements expressed.
Students will be able to integrate their knowledge, manage complexity and make judgements based on limited or incomplete data.
- Communication skills:
thanks to the specific focus on communication competences and in particular on the development and use of mediation skills, students will be able to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialists.
Students can make conclusions clearly and through the support of their knowledge. They will also be able to explain the reasons for their conclusions.
- Learning skills:
thanks to the general scaffolding of the course which puts processes related to learning and teaching in a social context at the centre, students will develop learning skills useful to continue studying autonomously and in a self-directed way in lifelong learning education.
Significant knowledge of Greek language and literature (for UniPR students or graduates, the passing of the Greek Literature exam  CFU is required).
Course contents summary
With reference to the D.M. 616/2017 all. B (A-13), the course will be addressed to the critical analysis of the main methodologies related to the teaching of the ancient Greek language and literature (role of the teacher, conceptual, epistemological and didactic nodes, development of semiotic abilities, enlargement of expressive and cognitive potentials); to the design and development of the teaching activities (principles and methodologies for the construction of the related curriculum); to the study of teaching and learning processes; to the analysis of the potential and criticality of the technological tools.
The preparation of the 15 online DU will be complemented by the reading of:
1. F. Roscalla, Arche megiste. Per una didattica del greco antico, Pisa (ETS) 2009 or F. Carta Piras (a cura di), Didattica della lingua e della letteratura greca. Materiali per la didattica del greco e per la funzione docente, prefazione di L. Canfora, Ortacesus, CA (Sandhi) 2011
2. «Indicazioni nazionali riguardanti gli obiettivi specifici di apprendimento concernenti le attività e gli insegnamenti compresi nei piani degli studi previsti per i percorsi liceali di cui all'articolo 10, comma 3, del decreto del Presidente della Repubblica 15 marzo 2010, n. 89, in relazione all'articolo 2, commi 1 e 3, del medesimo regolamento» (D.M. 211/2010, all. C: http://www.gazzettaufficiale.it/gunewsletter/dettaglio.jsp?service=1&dat...).
3. Optional reading: Disegnare il futuro con intelligenza antica. L’insegnamento del latino e del greco antico in Italia e nel mondo, a cura di L. Canfora e U. Cardinale, Bologna (Il Mulino) 2012 or F. Roscalla, Greco, che farne? Ripensare il passato per progettare il futuro. Manuali e didattica tra Sette e Novecento, Pisa (ETS) 2016 or M. Napolitano, Il liceo classico: qualche idea per il futuro, Roma (Salerno Ed.) 2017 or F. Condello, La scuola giusta. In difesa del liceo classico, Milano 2018 (Mondadori).
Self-learning activities through the use of digital content, online sources, manuals, texts or free resources. There are 15 multimedia units, with reference to the D.M. 616/2017 all. B (A-13), divided into III blocks: 5 units concerning the main teaching methodologies related to the teaching of the ancient Greek language and culture (role of teacher, conceptual, epistemological and didactic nodes, development of semiotic abilities, extension of expressive and cognitive potentials, docimology); 5 units concerning the planning and development of the related teaching activities (principles and methodologies for the construction of a Greek curriculum); 5 units concerning the analysis of the potential and the criticality of technological tools.
- The lectures will be dedicated to the study of the teaching and learning processes of the ancient Greek language and culture, with particular reference to the translation.
Assessment methods and criteria
The final exam consists of an oral test on the different parts of the program, with the aim of verifying:
1) a solid disciplinary competence (language and literature); 2) the skills acquired with reference to the educational objectives of the course; 3) the clarity of exposition, the ownership of speech and the appropriateness of the answers.
In more detail:
a fail is determined by the lack of an understanding of the minimum content of the course, the inability to express oneself adequately, by a lack of autonomous preparation, the inability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an inability to make independent judgments. A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the student’s possession of the minimum, fundamental contents of the course, an adequate level of autonomous preparation and ability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an acceptable level of ability in making independent judgments. Middle-range scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who produces evidence of a more than sufficient level (24-25/30) or good level (26-27/30) in the evaluation indicators listed above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded on the basis of the student’s demonstration of a very good or excellent level in the evaluation indicators listed above.