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Classical Language and Texts: Greek I (B)

Module titleClassical Language and Texts: Greek I (B)
Module codeCLA1026
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Emma Nicholson (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


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Module description

Building on a solid foundation of learning in Classical Language and Texts: Greek IA, this post-beginner module introduces further Greek morphology, syntax, and vocabulary with a view to equipping you with the skills to read longer and more complex passages from the original authors. By the end of the module, you will have comfortably reached GCSE standard and will be well-prepared, should you wish, to proceed to Greek II.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to:

  • Build upon your pre-existing knowledge of basic Greek morphology, syntax, and vocabulary
  • Develop your language-learning skills
  • Enhance your understanding of how knowledge of Greek can enrich our understanding of the culture of ancient Greece
  • Deepen your appreciation of the relationship between Greek and other Indo-European languages, including English

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate knowledge of the designated grammar, syntax, and vocabulary appropriate to post-beginner level
  • 2. Translate longer and more complex sentences and passages of Greek accurately and without assistance
  • 3. Demonstrate a solid grasp of morphology, syntax, and vocabulary, enabling you to proceed to higher-level Greek classes with confidence

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Demonstrate a deep understanding of Greek ways of thought and expression
  • 5. Demonstrate a rich appreciation of the challenges of translation
  • 6. Deploy relevant tools and strategies for independent language learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Demonstrate an enhanced capacity for logical and analytical thinking
  • 8. Demonstrate a fuller appreciation of the continuing influence of Greek on English and other Indo-European languages and an improved grasp of English grammar
  • 9. Reflect critically and continuously on your learning

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

The basic textbooks that provide the framework for this module are Taylor’s Greek to GCSE, Parts 1 and 2. The emphasis is on structured learning of language, grammar and vocabulary with translation into and out of Greek. In addition, supplementary texts (adapted and unadapted original Greek) will be used to develop reading skills. Classes will focus on all these aspects, with roughly equal time allocated to each type of work. Students will work individually and in pairs or small groups as appropriate.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching444 x 1-hour seminars per week (3 x classes then 1 x grammar consolidation session)
Guided Independent Study106Consolidation of work in class and homework exercises

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Prepared language assignmentsWeekly1-9Written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Language test one4060 minutes1-9Mark and written comments
Language test two6090 minutes1-9Mark and written comments

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Language test one (60 minutes)Language test one (60 minutes)1-9Referral/Deferral period
Language test two (90 minutes)Language test two (90 minutes)1-9Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.


Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • J. Taylor, Greek to GCSE, Part 1 (Bristol Classical Press).
  • J. Taylor, Greek to GCSE, Part 2 (Bristol Classical Press).

Key words search

Classics, Greek, language, post-beginners, ancient

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

Classical Language and Texts: Greek IA

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