ABOUT THIS CONFERENCE

We are delighted to offer our new GCSE Greek conference, which offers teachers of GCSE Greek and others involved in promoting Classics a special, informative and stimulating day.

Presented by Greek experts Dr John Taylor (Former Head of Classics, Tonbridge School, Examiner) and Clare Owens (Head of Classics, Manchester Grammar School) teachers will receive the highest levels of practical advice and guidance on teaching the 2020 texts, ways to utilise feedback from the 2018 examinations, and take away a range of teaching ideas and approaches to use in their teaching, to ensure student success in 2019.

Emphasis will also be on how to guide your best students to achieve Grades 8 & 9 in future GCSE Greek examinations.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Gain feedback on the summer 2018 examinations and what we can take forward to 2019
  • Focused on identifying the demands of Grades 8 & 9 and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • Explore new ways of covering the content effectively in innovative and student-friendly ways that push all students including high ability students
  • Take away strategies for teaching the 2020 texts
CONFERENCE DATE More dates coming soon!
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? 
  • Teachers of GCSE Greek
  • Heads of Classics
CONFERENCE CODE 7296
INCLUDED
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues

 

10.00 – 10.45am
The key messages from the June 2018 examination

Dr John Taylor Lecturer in Classics, University of Manchester; former Examiner

  • Feedback from 2018 – what key issues did examiners raise?
  • What should language teaching focus on?
  • How can students improve performance on set texts?
  • What do we take forward to 2019 exams?

10.45 – 11.30am
The Language Paper

Dr John Taylor Lecturer in Classics, University of Manchester; former Examiner

  • Approaches to teaching grammar
  • How to get top marks on comprehension
  • Deciding between English-Greek sentences and grammar questions
  • How to tackle unseen translation with confidence

11.30 – 11.50am
Discussion: coffee break


11.50 – 12.45pm
Option Strand 1: Prose Texts

Option 1A: Prose A: Herodotus The Ethiopians and The Power of Custom

Clare Owens Head of Classics, The Manchester Grammar School

  • Keeping options open: how to prepare pupils for both in limited time
  • Links to literature: how to make sure different strands of the AL are mutually beneficial
  • What to do when students keep on making mistakes…
  • Accuracy and style in composition

Option 1B: Prose B: Lucian The Isle of the Blest

Dr John Taylor Lecturer in Classics, University of Manchester; former Examiner

  • Lucian as novelist and fantasist
  • Describing the Isles of the Blest
  • Meetings with Homer and Helen
  • Layout and demands of the exam paper

12.45 – 1.30pm
Lunch


1.30 – 2.20pm
Option Strand 2: Verse Texts

Option 2A: Verse A: Homer Iliad 3.1-112

Clare Owens Head of Classics, The Manchester Grammar School

  • Overcoming the unfamiliarity of Homeric Greek
  • The story of the Trojan War and its context
  • Homer’s portrayal of Paris and Hector
  • Writing effectively about a verse text

Option 2B: Verse B: Euripides Electra 215-331

Dr John Taylor Lecturer in Classics, University of Manchester; former Examiner

  • Introducing students to Greek verse
  • The story of Agamemnon’s family and its context
  • The themes of disguise and revenge
  • Writing effectively about a verse text

2.20 – 3.15pm
Option Strand 3

Option 3A: Promoting the uptake of Classical Greek

Clare Owens Head of Classics, The Manchester Grammar School

  • Overcoming the challenges of an optional subject
  • Differing models within schools
  • Getting the students on board
  • Classics in and out of the classroom

Option 3B: Introducing Greek and doing it in limited time

Dr John Taylor Lecturer in Classics, University of Manchester; former Examiner

  • Challenges, opportunities and timing
  • Accommodating Latin and Greek together
  • Planning a course and monitoring progress
  • Concentrating on the essentials

3.15 – 3.45pm
Final plenary on Accessing top grades

Dr John Taylor Lecturer in Classics, University of Manchester; former Examiner

  • Focused revision and the specific demands of Greek
  • Maximising marks on Language
  • Writing successfully about Literature
  • Top tips for the exam room

Dr John Taylor

John was for many years Head of Classics at Tonbridge School. He is the author of numerous language books including Essential GCSE Latin, Latin Beyond GCSE and Greek to GCSE. He is co-author (with Henry Cullen and Michael Dormandy) of Latin Stories: A GCSE Reader and (with Henry Cullen) of the forthcoming Latin to GCSE. He has been a Chief Examiner for OCR, Chair of JACT Council and both Director of Studies and Director of the JACT Greek Summer School.

Clare Owens

Clare is Head of Classics at The Manchester Grammar School, where she teaches Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation to A-Level, as well as a demanding GCSE ‘Gratin’ course. She studied at Withington Girls’ School and Cambridge University, before taking up her first teaching post at Cheadle Hulme School. Here, she was solely responsible for the delivery of GCSE Classical Greek and substantially increased the uptake of the subject during her five years at the school. As a Curriculum Leader, she also worked in a team which pioneered the use of iPads in Key Stage 3 lessons.Classical Civilisation for 17 years. In the last three years 76% of his pupils have achieved either A* or A. He currently marks the Epic and Myth paper for OCR and AS Classical Civilisation for AQA.