Wednesday, January 17, 2007

GlyphStudy Group

For those of you who are unaware of the group, GlyphStudy is a subsidiary of the Ancient Egyptian Language group, and its purpose is to provide an informal environment in which people can support each other to learn hieroglyphs by working through Allen's Middle Egyptian. For full details, please see the above web page, as well as the following simple guidelines from Karen, the group's moderator. N.B. You will need to be a member of the AEL group as well: Membership of the groups is free of charge.

The Allen Study group is starting another section--so those who came in late or are just now beginning will be able to start from the beginning of the book and participate with a new batch of students working on your level. This should be fun, since it will mean more people will be able to participate actively with the group, instead of just saving collations till they get to the relevant lessons on their own. This is an active group, we have an assignment due every week, but the group pace is such that anyone who is motivated can keep up even with a job and/ or kids in the mix ( :
Here is how it works:
1. Buy a copy of James P. Allen's Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs, since this is the book we are using as a textbook.
You will need the book to participate in the study group, because that's what we do--go over the material and do the lessons together as a study group.
2. Send me a first and a last name (I ask this of everyone as a prerequisite to make sure folks are serious, and I also need some way of keeping track of over 200 people --you may always elect to use only your first name for list correspondence.
3. I will then send you an invitation to join GlyphStudy--assuming you are not a member already ( : this is the list where we do all the basic level chit chat about studying, and resources and homework procedures--please accept the invitation.
4. Volunteer as a Homework Volunteer--this is essential to our success as study group.

If you have been wanting to get started on your studies, or got left behind for any reason the last time --now is your chance to jump in and make the new section a success.

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