I am just kicking off racking a small group koine. The text I will be using is Mounce’s latest edition but using a heavily communicative class approach. Within this book he requires 319 words to be learned, whilst noting that many modern language courses would require 2,000 in the first year. I want to do a conpromise with the vocab from the gospel of Mark (approx 1,300)
After finishing first year Greek I found having to look up most words when reading to be frustrating, I had anticipated moving onto reading quite easily. To get the vocab better I focussed on translating smaller books and learning all the vocab in them. In this way I knew I could read a given text knowing the vocab when I next came back to it (I have the cards in envelopes marked per book). I want to do this for my group, so that after first year Greek they can focus on grammar in Mark as well as getting the joy of progressively unlocking that book this year.
1) do you think 1,300ish words is too many? I am tempted to do 1,000 minimum if a compromise if required
2) after getting a basic introduction to construction grammar, I now recognise the importance of teaching idiom and other constructions as part of the vocab Do you know any good lists of these for Mark?