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Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Intensive Greek 1

Unit code CAHE20151
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Classics & Ancient History
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This is the first half of a two-module intensive programme that will take you beyond A-Level standard by the end of the year. It is designed to be fast-moving and exciting, and is based on the second edition of the excellent Reading Greek course. It is available to undergraduates in any year and to postgraduates. This first module assumes no previous knowledge of Greek, but if you have GCSE Greek you may still take it for credit; if you have AS Level Greek, you should audit this module in order thoroughly to revise and consolidate your Greek, and then in Semester 2 take CLAH 30162 Intensive Greek 2 for credit.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Intensive Greek 2 CAHE30162 Co-Requisite Recommended

None. However, this course may not be taken for credit by candidates who have already achieved a qualification in Greek which is higher than GCSE.

None. However, students on programmes administered by Classics and Ancient History are expected to register in addition for CLAH30162 Intensive Greek 2.


To introduce students to the basic elements of the Greek language.

Learning outcomes

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This is by design a fast and intensive language course. It covers most of the basics of ancient Greek, it develops skills in and awareness of the language and it introduces in the course of language teaching numerous aspects of Greek culture and literature. It is based on Sections 1-7F 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 run in phase with the text. You will be required to produce each week one or two pieces of written homework (mainly short translation exercises, both into and out of Greek), and frequently and regularly to memorize grammar and vocabulary. The course-unit is assessed by two 1-hour tests (in weeks 5 and 11) and a 2-hour, closed-books exam, which tests memory and understanding of vocabulary, morphology and syntax, and the ability to translate both into and out of the language.

Teaching and learning methods

  • 2 x 1 hour lectures per week;
  • 1 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: on revision.

Knowledge and understanding

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

  • a knowledge and understanding of the basic workings of a highly-inflected language, Classical Greek;
  • mastery of (roughly half of) the basic Greek forms and constructions (accidence and syntax), together with a vocabulary of several hundred words, and a developing ability to use them both actively and passively;
  • the ability to read a simple Greek text, seen or unseen, with fluency and accuracy.

Intellectual skills

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

  • subject-specific skills, including an incipient ability to read, understand, translate and write Greek;
  • an insight into the nature of the differences between English and Classical Greek.

Practical skills

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Transferable skills and personal qualities

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

  • an increased awareness of the structures and resources of the English language;
  • a developed ability to analyse and to describe linguistic forms and structures.

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


Weighting within unit

Class test (week 5)

50 minutes


Class test (week 11)

50 minutes



2 hours






Feedback methods

  • Weekly feedback on formative homework exercises;
  • Written feedback on formative and summative assessment (see above); all feedback is designed to contribute formatively towards improvement in subsequent assignments.
  • 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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