BA Ancient History / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Advanced Greek Language 3

Course unit fact file
Unit code CAHE30321
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

This course-unit takes you on from CAHE 30221 Advanced Greek 2 to the next level. It involves (a) the accurate translation and linguistic comprehension of unseen texts (verse and in prose); (b) the development of more advanced skills relating to the reading of Greek (c) practice in unprepared translation from English into Greek. 

Pre/co-requisites

Pre/Co/Antirequisite units

Completion (with a mark of at least 40%) of CAHE30220 Advanced Greek 2. Students who have achieved marks below 40% in CAHE30220 Advanced Greek 2 are not permitted to proceed to CAHE30320 Advanced Greek 3. A COMPENSATED FAIL at Advanced 2 IS NOT SUFFICIENT. 

 

 

Aims

This course-unit takes you on from CAHE 30221 Advanced Greek 2 to the next level. It involves (a) the accurate translation and linguistic comprehension of unseen texts (verse and in prose); (b) the development of more advanced skills relating to the reading of Greek (c) practice in unprepared translation from English into Greek. 

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will have/be able to:  

  • read a wide range of passages from Greek authors, both verse and prose;
  • demonstrate a deeper understanding of Greek grammar;  
  • increased their engagement with Greek texts, by acquiring honing their knowledge of scansion, understanding the rules of Greek pronunciation, and related issues in the language, including the basics of Greek accentuation;
  • increased knowledge of the Greek canon. 

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students will have:  

  • further developed their ability in prose composition, translating both sentences and continuous passages of English into idiomatic Greek;    
  • demonstrate increased capacity to translate unseen passages of Greek into English, with reduced assistance.  

Practical skills

By the end of this course students will have/be able to:

  • fast and skilful use of language aids, such as dictionaries and grammars.

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students will have/be able to show:

  • self-discipline;
  • organisation;
  • problem solving.

 

Employability skills

Other
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

Mid-semester test30%
In-person exam70%

 

Feedback methods

Feedback methodFormative or Summative

Written feedback on weekly homework exercises

 

Formative

Written feedback on summative assessment (mid-year exam)

 

Formative & Summative

Additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment).

 

Formative

 

Recommended reading

S. Anderson, J. Taylor, Writing Greek (Bloomsbury, 2010)  

Other materials will be provided on the VLN.    

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

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