What is the course about?
This course aims to build on the grammatical structures for reading and translating Greek, which have been acquired in Greek 1 Module 1. The course is based on Reading Greek (Cambridge University Press).
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. We will start around Section 2A. We will read adapted texts of works by ancient Greek authors. We shall continue studying the conjugation of verbs, the declension of nouns and adjectives.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read and write simple Greek sentences
- have some insight into the derivation of English words
- have some insight into the world of ancient Greece
- demonstrate basic knowledge of the five conjugations of verbs
- demonstrate basic knowledge of the declensions of nouns and adjectives.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have attended Classical Greek 1 for complete beginners: module 1 or have an equivalent knowledge. 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 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. There will be instruction on Greek grammar, grammatical exercises, and simple translation – combined with pronunciation work, and listening to and reading the texts aloud. 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 3.