Classical Greek: an introduction for absolute beginners
Time: 17:30 - 20:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
What is the course about?
On this course you will learn to read Classical Greek from a course book and by studying original Greek inscriptions from the British Museum Collection.
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 be following the textbook Reading Greek - a textbook designed for adults learners, with texts based on original Greek sources, starting at the beginning, reading some adapted texts from Ancient Greek authors. We shall be studying the conjugation of verbs, the declension of nouns and adjectives. We will study a selection of original Greek inscriptions from the British Museum Collection, with the aid of the publication Reading the Past – Greek Inscriptions by B.F.Cook (published by University of Californa/British Museum).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read and translate simple phrases in Classical Greek
- understand the context of and read a small selection of original Greek inscriptions.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for absolute beginners in Classical Greek. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and also take part in class and group activities.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will combine classroom work with the study of original inscriptions in Classical Greek from the British Museum Collection. The activities will follow the traditional approach but will aim at a high level of student interaction with pair and group work. Students are expected to participate in the activities and to do homework every week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
On-line materials will be posted on Google Classroom prior to the start of the course. Please check in advance for this.
As this course is designed to be an introduction for students who may progress to a City Lit course in Classical Greek, you may consider purchasing (but not required for this course):
Reading Greek by the Joint Association of Classical Teachers: Reading Greek Grammar and Exercises: ISBN 10: 0521698529, 13: 9780521698528 – Cambridge University Press 2007; Reading Greek Text and Vocabulary: ISBN 10: 0521698510,13: 9780521698511 - Cambridge University Press 2007; Reading Greek Independent Study Guide: ISBN 10: 0521698502, ISBN 13: 9780521698504 – 2008.
You may also consider buying (but the purchase is optional) a copy of Reading the Past – Greek Inscriptions by B.F.Cook ISBN 0-520-06113b or 9780520061132, published by the University of Californa/British Museum and available online.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
A progression course at City Lit. The tutor will be able to advise you.
I graduated in Classics and trained as a Language and Classics teacher at Pembroke College Oxford and at Exeter University. I have forty years' experience as an English Language teacher and Programme Manager in Further Education. Since 2000 I have worked as a Tour Guide for English Language students at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum. At the British Museum I also offer workshops for children on Ancient Greek and Egyptian Life, and I have taught on the Museum's Iraq Emergency Programme training Iraqi Archaeologists. I have taught Classics in Primary and Secondary schools and privately since 1983, and I have been a Tutor in Classics at City Lit since 2012. At City Lit I teach Latin and Greek classes both at Keeley Street and as part of the City Lit's partnership with the British Museum. I am currently leading a project to record an audio facility for the Cambridge University Press 2016 edition of Reading Latin - the course-book used in most City Lit Latin courses. I try to include speaking and listening work in my classes, thus following the students' stated preference for hearing how we think Latin and Greek were spoken in Classical times.
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.