What is the course about?
The course aims to introduce you to the Greek language or remind you of what you may have learned before, revising and building on your previous knowledge of the language, allowing you to move quickly to Level 2.
What will we cover?
We shall be using the textbook Reading Greek, a textbook designed for adults learners based on original Greek sources, including adapted passages from works by authors such as Plato and Aristophanes. Reading will be combined with grammar instruction and grammatical exercises. We shall be studying the conjugation of verbs, the declension of nouns and adjectives, etc.
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 conjugation of verbs
- demonstrate basic knowledge of some declensions of nouns and adjective.
- demonstrate basic knowledge of some clauses.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for students who have some experience of Greek or, even if they haven’t studied it before, they are familiar with the grammar terminology and structures of languages which have declensions, verb aspects etc. It is also for students who have perhaps started a Greek level 1 before but haven’t been able to complete and don’t want to start all over again.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach and aims at a high level of student interaction with pair and group work. The pace will be fast and challenging but fun. Please note that students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do 2-3 hours homework per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Textbook: Reading Greek by the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, 2nd edition, CUP, 2 vols (Grammar and Exercises, ISBN 978-0521698528; Text and Vocabulary, ISBN 978-0521698511; Independent Study Guide – ISBN 9780511800689 - Independent Study Guide not available from Cambridge, but available from Amazon). Some copies are available in the Learning Centre for use during this course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Classical Greek level 2 in September.
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