Classical Language and Texts: Greek II (CLA3202)

StaffDr Emma Nicholson -
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Pre-requisitesGCSE Greek or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The aim of the module is to prepare a student to read unadapted Greek texts.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a solid grounding in Greek grammar and syntax, and an expanded vocabulary.
  • 2. Demonstrate analytical skills and be able to translate extended unprepared and set passages from Greek into English, answering questions about specific linguistic forms which appear in them.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Achieve reasonable fluency in a variety of texts in a foreign non-spoken language
  • 4. Interpret and analyse works from a literary culture of an earlier era

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Demonstrate the ability to follow linguistic structures in a foreign language in order to gain independent understanding.
  • 6. Demonstrate an ability, in your preparation, for independent study, as well as the ability to work in groups in literary discussion and in working on translation and grammar

Syllabus plan

There will be three language classes per week. The study of language and literature will be integrated progressively with greater emphasis in the first weeks on developing grammar and syntax. Set texts will be chosen from various authors of both prose and poetry, from the Cambridge Greek Anthology and other books.


Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities66Seminar (3 x 1 hour per week)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities22Seminar – Grammar consolidation (1 x 1 hour per week)
Guided independent study212Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Language exercisesWeekly1-4Verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Language tests (5)501 hour each. Test 1: 6%, Test 2: 8%, Test 3: 10%, Test 4: 12%, Test 5: 14%1-4Mark and written feedback
Exam503 hours1-4Mark and written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In-Class TestsTests1-4ref/def period
ExamExam1-4ref/def period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

L.A. Wilding, Greek for Beginners

Abbott and Mansfield, Primer of Greek Grammar

North and Hillard, Greek Prose Composition

JACT A Greek Anthology

Liddell and Scott Greek-English Lexicon (abridged)

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Classics, Greek, Language