What is the course about?
You will familiarise yourself with basic grammatical structures and vocabulary which will allow you to read sentences and simple text in ancient Greek. A great introduction for anyone willing to start familiarizing him/herself with Ancient Classical Greek (5th Century B.C.). The scope of the method we will use, Reading Greek, JACT, is great for those willing to start accessing texts from Plato, Thucydides and some of the 5th century prose writers and orators (Lysias, Demosthenes, Isocrates), among other texts.
What will we cover?
We shall start by becoming more familiar with the Greek alphabet. 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 at section 1A. Students will read adapted passages from works by Plato, Aristophanes etc. Reading will be combined with grammar instruction and grammatical exercises. We shall be studying the conjugation of verbs, the declension of nouns and adjectives, prepositions and adverbs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- demonstrate some knowledge of the Greek alphabet
- demonstrate some knowledge of definite article
- demonstrate some knowledge of the declension of adjectives
- demonstrate some knowledge of present tense (indicative, imperative)
- demonstrate some knowledge of second declension nouns
- demonstrate knowledge of verbs ‘to be’ and ‘to know’
- demonstrate some knowledge of the structure of Greek
- have some insight into the derivation of English words.
- have some insight into the world of ancient Greece.
- being able to read simple sentences and texts written in Attic Classical Greek, such as sententiae and short paragraphs.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for beginners although those who have some previous knowledge of Greek may wish to join for revision purposes. It would be helpful if students had already learnt the Greek alphabet. 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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Whole class work and group work. Translation, grammar instruction, grammatical exercises. Spoken Greek may be used during lessons, for the purposes of boosting learning, although students’ speaking skills will not be assessed. About 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); 2nd edition, CUP, 2 vols; vol. 1: Reading Greek, Text and Vocabulary; vol. 2: Reading Greek, Grammar and Exercises. 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: 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.
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