Fast-Track Greek (CLAM034)

StaffProfessor Daniel Ogden - Convenor
Credit Value60
ECTS Value30
NQF Level6
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

Through an intensive programme of language classes and guided independent study, you will acquire a solid grounding in the principles of Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, so that you can read unadapted Greek texts with confidence; you will also have been introduced to a representative range of Greek texts, which you will be able to translate.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. recognise, explain and use for themselves the main principles of Greek grammar
  • 2. demonstrate a good level of competency in the language by translating unadapted Greek from authors outside the set texts under exam conditions
  • 3. translate into Greek
  • 4. read and appreciate their set texts in the original

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. read Greek, and will develop an enhanced understanding of the nuances of language

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. demonstrate confidence in the use of languages other than English

Syllabus plan

First Term: intensive learning of grammar and syntax, working through Greek for Beginners. Second Term: consolidation of grammar, vocabulary and syntax, as well as development of critical and interpretative skills, through reading of selections from The Intellectual Revolution.

There will be four classes each week. In addition to this, students will be expected to invest a considerable amount of their own study-time in this course. During the first semester, emphasis will be placed on the structured learning of language, grammar and vocabulary, with translation into and out of Greek. During the second semester, the focus will be upon the consolidation of these skills through reading of passages of unadapted Greek (as published in The Fall of Athens and A Greek Anthology).

1. Four tests in Term 1, the fourth taking place in assessment week before the start of Term 2. All tests consist of 10 sentences translated from Greek to English (50%), and 10 sentences translated from English into Greek (50%). Each test tests grammar and syntax of a greater range and degree of complexity than the one before it (each test is worth 10% of total mark). 2. Two examination papers: Paper 1 (30%), will consist of unseen Greek passages for translation into English and English sentences for translation into Greek; Paper 2 (30%) will consist of passages from set texts for translation (80% of paper) and four grammatical and/or metrical questions on each passage (20% of paper).

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 activities88Classes (4 x 1 hour per week)
Guided independent study512Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Prepared learning material for testsWeekly1-6Oral
Language exercisesWeekly1-6Oral

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
Exam paper A301-6mark and written comments
Exam paper B301-6mark and written comments
Coursework tests (4)401-6mark and written comments

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
TestTest1-6ref/def period
ExamExam1-6ref/def period
ExamExam1-6ref/def period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • L.A. Wilding, Greek for Beginners (Bristol Classical Press/Duckworth., 1973, reprinted)
  • Abbott & Mansfield, Primer of Greek Grammar (Bristol Classical Press/Duckworth)
  • J.A.C.T., A Greek Anthology (Cambridge, 2002)
  • Horn, T. (ed.) The Fall of Athens. Selections from Xenophon's Hellenica. (London, 1962)
  • North, M.A. and Hillard A.E., Greek Prose Composition for Schools (London, 1900. Reprints: Duckworth, 1978; Bristol Classical Press, 1987)
  • Liddell & Scott, Greek-English Lexicon (Oxford: abridged version)

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Classics, Greek, language