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Unit information: Greek Language Level A1 in 2018/19

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Unit name Greek Language Level A1
Unit code CLAS30006
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Lyndsay Coo
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Classics & Ancient History
Faculty Faculty of Arts


The two units at this level (Greek A1 and Greek A2) are designed for those who have little or no previous knowledge of ancient Greek, and aim to teach students the techniques of reading straightforward original Greek texts with the aid of a dictionary and reference grammar. Students unused to the workings of an inflected language and the grammatical terms used to analyze it will be given special help. Where appropriate, the contexts of original Greek passages will also be studied in order to help students place the Greek language in its ancient cultural and literary settings.

Students will be introduced to the basic knowledge of Greek and the terms and procedures of grammatical analysis.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit, students will
1. Be able to translate approximately 250 Greek vocabulary items into English;
2. Be able to analyze basic elements of Greek morphology and syntax;
3. Be able to translate very simple Greek to English

Teaching details

Seminars and reading classes, grammatical instruction classes.

Assessment Details

1 x 45-minute class test (25%) and 1 x 2-hour exam (75%) [both assessing all intended learning outcomes]

Reading and References

J. Morwood, Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek (Oxford University Press)

J. Taylor, Greek to GCSE: Parts 1 and 2 (Bloomsbury)