Greek I (CLAM201)

StaffDr Gabriele Galluzzo - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level7
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to give students with little or no previous experience of Greek an understanding of the basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the language. By the end of the year they should be able to read easy passages without assistance.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Understand how a highly inflected language works
  • 2. Know enough Greek to translate easy passages accurately without assistance
  • 3. Have gained a good enough foundation in grammar, syntax, and vocabulary to be able to proceed to higher-level Greek classes with confidence

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Develop an understanding of ancient Greek ways of thought and expression
  • 5. Enhance their understanding of language (and the Indo-European group of languages in particular)
  • 6. Develop the ability to absorb and retain large quantities of information with systematic learning strategies and enhanced memory skills.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Learn to pay close attention to details, train their memories to function more effectively, and enhance their understanding and command of their own language.

Syllabus plan

L.A. Wilding, Greek for Beginners.


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 activities1105 x 1 hour classes per week
Guided Independent Study190Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Prepared language assignmentsWeekly1-7Written feedback

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
Five in-class tests5050 minutes each. Test 1:6%, Test 2: 8%, Test 3: 10%, Test 4: 12%, Test 5: 14%1-7Mark and written and/or verbal comments
Exam503 hours1-7Mark and written and/or verbal comments

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExamExam1-7August ref/def period
In-class testsIn-class tests1-7August ref/def period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

The basic textbook, which will provide the framework for this module, is Wilding's Greek for Beginners. The emphasis is on structured learning of language, grammar and vocabulary with translation into and out of Greek. In addition, supplementary texts (adapted and unadapted original Greek) will be used to develop reading skills. Classes will focus on all these aspects, with roughly equal time allocated to each type of work. Students will work individually and in pairs or small groups as appropriate. By the end of the year the students will complete Wilding and the supporting sections of Abbot and Mansfield (which is "keyed in" to Wilding). The course begins with instruction on the basic elements of grammar (parts of speech etc), involving an overview of Abbot and Mansfield.

Set Texts L.A.Wilding, Greek for Beginners (Bristol Classical Press/Duckworth)

Abbott & Mansfield, Primer of Greek Grammar (Bristol Classical Press/Duckworth)

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Classics, Greek, Language