BA Latin and Linguistics

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Intensive Greek 2

Unit code CAHE30162
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Classics & Ancient History
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

This course continues from CLAH20151 Intensive Greek 1.

Pre/co-requisites

Pre-requisites:

At least 50% scored in the course unit CLAH20151. Students who, previous to starting Intensive Greek, had achieved a qualification in Greek higher than GCSE (for example, AS-level, Scottish Higher, International Baccalaureate), are expected to have audited CLAH20151 and may now take CLAH30162 for credit. No student may enter Intensive Greek 2 without having scored at least 50% in CLAH20151.

Aims

To complete the study of Greek grammar and syntax begun in CLAH 20151; to reach the stage where students can read Greek texts unaided.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will have developed the following abilities (see below for specific outcomes):

Syllabus

This is by design a fast and intensive language course. It is intended in the first instance as a continuation of CLAH20151 Intensive Greek 1. It completes your introduction to the basics of Greek grammar and syntax, it develops your active and passive competence in the Greek language, and it introduces in the course of language teaching more aspects of Greek culture and literature. Above all, it brings you to the point at which you can begin to read unmodified Greek texts with confidence and accuracy and enjoyment. It is based on Sections 7G-13E of Reading Greek (Joint Association of Classical Teachers), of which you must have a copy of both volumes (Text and Grammar) before the start of teaching. This course comprises a continuous, graded Greek text, adapted from original sources, coupled with a grammar, vocabulary and exercise book which runs in phase with the text.

Teaching and learning methods

  • 1 x 1 hour lectures per week;
  • 2 x 1 hour seminar per week;
  • 1 dedicated consultation hour per week.
  • Blackboard: course material, handouts and other supporting materials.
  • Additional eLearning content: students are encouraged to make use of on-line practice tests: http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading-classical-greek/Advice on revision.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will have developed the following abilities:

  • consolidation of the material of CLAH20151 Intensive Greek 1;
  • completion of the student’s introduction to the essentials of Greek syntax and vocabulary, with further development of active and passive competence in the Greek language;
  • enhanced reading knowledge of the language to a point at which students can begin to read unmodified Greek texts with accuracy, confidence, and enjoyment.

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students will have developed the following abilities:

  • as for CLAH20151 Intensive Greek 1, but at a more advanced level of language-awareness.

Practical skills

By the end of this course students will have developed the following abilities (see below for specific skills):

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students will have developed the following abilities:

  • as for CLAH20151 Intensive Greek 1, but at a more advanced level of language-awareness.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
The course supports the development of a large number of important employment skills, most notably the ability to understand, commit to memory, and successfully deploy the elements of a complex communication system. Conscientious study of an ancient language enhances understanding of English grammatical structures and broadens vocabulary, thereby enhancing the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and eloquently. Students of ancient languages also learn how to extract key elements from complex information and to identify, make sense of, and solve associated problems.

Assessment methods

 

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Class test (week 5)

50 minutes

20%

Class test (week 11)

50 minutes

20%

Exam

2 hours

60%

 

 

 

Feedback methods

  • Weekly feedback on formative homework exercises;
  • Written feedback on formative and summative assessment (see above);
  • Additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment).

Recommended reading

Compulsory purchases:

  • Reading Greek: Text and Vocabulary, Second Edition. Joint Association of Classical Teachers, 2007
  • Reading Greek: Grammar and Exercises, Second Edition. Joint Association of Classical Teachers, 2007

Additional reading:

  • Speaking Greek. Joint Association of Classical Teachers, 2007 (CD Audiobook)

If you want to buy a dictionary, the best long-term investment is Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English lexicon but it’s not essential yet.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 11
Seminars 22
Tutorials 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 154

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
John Taylor Unit coordinator

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