Well, this is my Cannae all right. With her books and system, I've lost the battle already. So, my question is, dare I ditch her damnable italian textbooks and set her the Hillard and Botting OR the Athenaze (English version, I don't have the Italian version) or do I persist with her damn books which will ensure that she will definitely fail her remedial?
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Now, as to your problem. You've taken a tremendous task upon yourself. Make sure your expectations are reasonable. How long do you have? You can't expect to be able to make her fluent in Greek in a month, particularly if she already has had negative experiences with the language. What you can do is work on laying the groundwork that she should have gotten in the first place. Not rote memorization of endings, but an understanding of what they mean and how they work. Problem-solving techniques. How to figure out a meaning based on the context. Build up her confidence. I would suggest -- not, mind you, knowing the situation in any detail -- combining progressive readings (something like A Greek Boy at Home, Thrasymachus, or Morice's Easy Stories in Attic Greek) with a course of instruction in grammar. Readings so that she has the experience of reading something and actually understanding it. Grammar so that she can cope with the exam. If you feel composition is essential, make it based on the readings, i.e., have her read a short passage and then write a few similar sentences, changing a verb tense or replacing the subject, object, with another noun.
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