Intermediate Greek: Prose

May 2010

Folch is good, but demanding. Very demanding. One may even say that he is good because he is demanding, or that he is demanding because he is good. Either way do not expect an easy ride. I took Greek 1201 with Folch and 1202 with Foley simultaneously (which I do not recommend for the sane) and found 1201 harder. Significantly harder! Expect quizzes on grammar, vocabulary, and translation. Be prepared to draw your vocab words! They were irregularly scheduled but he gave fair warning, all three of ours were on Fridays and he let us know in class on Tuesday. He assigned long secondary readings in English and short response papers. His syllabus originally called for five of these but in the end we only did two with a third optional for extra credit. I don't think he really cared about them and don't imagine him assigning as many of these in the future. Strangely enough we never got them back! Any of them! He probably had enough papers to grade from the CC section he was teaching simultaneously. Midterm like the quizzes but longer. Don't expect a choice on the passage to translate! He allowed each of us to ask him two questions (vocab, grammar, whatever) during the course of the exam. Final was a longer midterm, although he allowed us to select two passages, one each from Plato and Hesiod, of four to translate. Be careful the final is cumulative as far as the translation goes, though he restricted the vocab to the words he'd assigned from the midterm on. In addition he assigned us 20 lines of Hesiod (your choice) to be memorized for the final. They could be recited aloud in his office or written in the blue book. I recommend going for the recitation. It's faster than writing them out and he was forgiving of nervous stuttering, occasional stumbling, and even provided a word or two when I hit a mental wall. The largest single portion of our grade was based on class participation and preparation. Participation, in this class, means translating, translating, translating! He demands that you translate from clean texts (no student written notes in them) and that you prepare written translations to be turned in. He gave us all one "pass" day if we came in unprepared but after that he was not fooling around. Do not try to come in and sight read the Greek, the Plato is too difficult, Hesiod's vocabulary is too large, and he can tell. DO NOT COME TO CLASS UNPREPARED! Why all caps? To utter those words was the one time he raised his voice beyond a clam, professional, murmur. All an all a good experience. He gave a diagnostic quiz the first day of class (the first few lines of a Platonic dialogue) which utterly baffled me, but I can now read with ease. Overall I'd give Folch the same grade he gave me, A-.

Apr 2009

A good professor who will discuss Plato in interesting but not mind-blowing ways. She's glad to digress, very helpful while you're translating, and you get major points for translating the Greek literally. She is obsessed with Greek grammar. Know your conditionals, indirect question, indirect statement, objective/subjective genitive. If writing an essay, realize that she cares more about your translating and interpretation of the Greek than anything else. Absorb the main concepts from the secondary literature, but don't waste too much time on them. The Greek is what she cares about.

Dec 2008

This is an intimidating course at first, especially if you haven't read a continuous text in Greek before, but Prof. Worman is superb. She is very much a stickler for grammatical details, but I assure you that it pays off in the long run. The material consists mostly of Plato, with some poetry and a couple of scholarly articles thrown in for variety. Classes are a mix of translation and discussion, which is definitely a boon; Plato throws around some pretty hefty ideas, and it's nice to have the chance to unpack them and make sure that you understand them. Friday class is conducted by the TA and normally involves some grammatical review, although we found ourselves often using the Friday session as catch-up time. Prof. Worman is also quite accessible outside of class; she really wants to make sure that all of her students understand the material. Highly recommended.

May 2008

I cannot say enough good things about this woman. Her command over the subject matter is incredible, and she is fully capable of helping you appreciate the beauty of Greek language.(granted you put in the time, of course) She is kind to a fault, and exceedingly merciful when it comes to missed quizzes and assignments. Her intelligence, her patience, and the richness and excellence of the text made this class a very pleasant experience.

Sep 2005

N.B. for Classics students reading the above reviews: they may be perfectly true, but are not at all related to her skills as a Greek teacher. She is excellent at explaining grammatical concepts and is always willing to answer questions during the readings, and I would definitely recommend her intermediate Greek class. She does work you a lot, but not insanely.

Nov 2004

Professor Worman is a good teacher. Bright, likeable, but definately not someone to mess with. We spend the semester translating Plato's Ion which is interesting if you like Socratic dialogue. I found the homework assignments tedious at times. My major complaint about the class was the schedule. We would have friday morning classes with the TA and there would usually be homework due or a quiz. Having essentially two teachers equals a lot of work. Both were fair graders with reasonable expectations. Basically this class just requires a lot of time to do well in. Grammer points are discussed at length during class but you really need to just open Hansen and Quin yourself. Prepare yourself to spend Thursday night in your room studying, and if you do that you will do well in the class.