What is the course about?
The course aims to enable students to read straightforward Greek prose by gaining a knowledge of basic grammatical structures.
What will we cover?
We shall be using the textbook Reading Greek (2nd edition, 2 vols), a textbook designed for adult beginners, based on original Greek sources. We shall start from the textbook’s general introduction (“Alphabet and pronunciation” and “Grammatical Introduction”), and then move on to Section 1. Students will read adapted passages provided by the teacher, who will also prepare glossaries to facilitate the translation of such passages. Reading will be combined with grammar instruction and grammatical exercises. We shall be studying the conjugation of verbs (present indicative and imperative in the active and middle-passive voices) and the inflection of first and second declension nouns, as well as the declension of the definite article and of adjectives belonging to the ‘first class’. Finally, we shall start examining the uses of a small range of prepositions and adverbs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- demonstrate some knowledge of the conjugation of verbs in the present indicative and imperative (active and middle-passive voices);
- demonstrate some knowledge of the inflection of the definite article; nouns (first and second declension); and adjectives (‘first class’);
- demonstrate some familiarity with a small range of prepositions and adverbs;
- 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. The course is also suitable for those who want to go on to read New Testament 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 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?
The course is based on the traditional approach but aims also at a high level of student interaction with some pair and group work. 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?
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). 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 1: 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