Classical Greek 1: module 1
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
The course aims to introduce you to the basic grammatical structures of vocabulary of Classical Greek. We will be using Reading Greek, a textbook designed for adult learners based on original Greek sources.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We will begin by becoming familiar with reading and writing the Greek script. We will study the conjugation of verbs, the declension of nouns and adjectives, and articles. Students will read adapted passages included in the “Reading Greek: Text and Vocabulary” volume; reading will be combined with grammar instruction and grammatical exercises.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read and write words in the Greek alphabet
- demonstrate some knowledge of definite article
- identify some forms of the declension of adjectives
- demonstrate some knowledge of present tense (indicative, imperative
- have some insight into the derivation of English words.
- have some insight into the world of ancient Greece.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for complete beginners although those who have some previous knowledge of Greek may wish to join for revision purposes. As the course is taught in English, please read the outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support with your English skills to help you take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course consists of translation, grammar instructions and grammar exercises with a high level of student interaction (individual, pair and group work). Students are expected to do the homework regularly and participate in oral classroom activities. Homework will require approx. 1-2 hours per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring writing material. Textbook: “Reading Greek” by the Joint Association of Classical Teachers (Peter Jones and Keith Sidwell, CUP), 2nd edition, 2 volumes:
- Text and Vocabulary (ISBN: 9780521698511)
- Grammar and Exercises (ISBN: 9780521698528).
Some copies are available in the library. An e-book version can also be purchased. We recommend you purchase the book after the first session of the course, after you’ve had confirmation that the class is suitable for you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Classical Greek 1: module 2.
James is interested in the languages, cultures, society, and archaeology of ancient Mediterrean. As a child, he was fascinated by the displays and exhibitions at the Birmignham Musuem and Art Gallery, and enjoyed reading about all things ancient. After school, he went to the University of Exeter for his BA and MA, and was introduced to the sites of Greece on the British School at Athens undergraduate school. His PhD was funded by the Arts and Humanities Reseach Council and looked at the role fo music in ancient Sparta. As well as teaching at City Lit, he also lecturers at the University of Reading, and in 2022 he will start a Marie Curie fellowship at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, continuing his research into ancient Greek music. In his spare time, he enjoys amateur gardening, and listening to new and unfamiliar music.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.