What is the course about?
This course introduces you to the basic concepts of Classical Greek language and its grammar.
What will we cover?
In this first module, you will become familiar with the essential grammatical points required to learn a classical language, before moving on to learning some simple features of Classical Greek and reading short adapted texts by Greek authors. We shall be using the textbook Reading Greek, a textbook designed for adults learners based on original Latin sources (see below for details).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- have some insight into the world of ancient Greece
- name some of the cases used in the declensions
- read and write simple Classical Greek sentences
- demonstrate some knowledge of the conjugation of verbs
- 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 complete beginner’s course, aimed at those who would like to learn Classical Greek but have never undertaken the study of classical or inflected language. If you have some knowledge of Classical Greek, albeit rusty, or have studied other inflected languages, you are advised to enrol on Classical Greek 1 module 1. You should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and also take part in class and group discussions on readings. Please look at the rest of the course 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?
This class will follow the traditional approach but will involve a high level of student interaction with pair and group work. Students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do approx. 2 hours' homework per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Reading Greek by the Joint Association of Classical Teachers (Peter Jones and Keith Sidwell, Cambridge University Press), 2nd edition - 2 vols: Text and Vocabulary (ISBN: 9780521698511); Grammar and Exercises (ISBN: 9780521698528). Some copies are available in the Library for use during this course. Further materials to be provided by the teacher in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Classical Greek 1 for complete beginners: module 2.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details