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Classical Language and Texts: Greek II

Module titleClassical Language and Texts: Greek II
Module codeCLA1202
Academic year2019/0
Module staff

Dr Emma Nicholson (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This module will build on your knowledge of Greek from Greek level I or equivalent.  You will learn to read and understand unadapted passages from Greek texts, without assistance.  You will also complete some English to Greek work.  You will be taught to use grammatical aids which will enable you to follow linguistic structures to help you to solve problems of syntax and grammatical structure.  You will have regular practice at translating text and will be assessed both through the year and through an exam in June. This module will prepare you for higher level Greek classes at stage 3.

Module aims - intentions of the module

  • The aim of the module is to prepare you to read unadapted Greek texts.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Demonstrate a solid grounding in Greek grammar and syntax, and an expanded vocabulary
  • 2. Demonstrate analytical skills and be able to translate extended unprepared and set passages from Greek into English, answering questions about specific linguistic forms which appear in them

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 3. Achieve reasonable fluency in a variety of texts in a foreign non-spoken language
  • 4. Interpret and analyse works from a literary culture of an earlier era

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 5. Demonstrate the ability to follow linguistic structures in a foreign language in order to gain independent understanding
  • 6. Demonstrate an ability, in your preparation, for independent study, as well as the ability to work in groups in literary discussion and in working on translation and grammar

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:

There will be three language classes per week. The study of language and literature will be integrated progressively with greater emphasis in the first weeks on developing grammar and syntax. Set texts will be chosen from various authors of both prose and poetry, from the Cambridge Greek Anthology and other books.

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 teaching663 x 1 hour seminars per week
Scheduled learning and teaching221 x 1 hour grammar consolidation seminar per week
Guided independent study212Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Language exercisesWeekly1-4Verbal

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
Examination503 hours1-4Mark and written comments
Language tests (five)501 hour each. Test 1:6%, Test 2: 8%, Test 3: 10%, Test 4: 12%, Test 5: 14%1-4Mark 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
ExaminationExamination1-4Referral/Deferral period
In-class testsTests1-4Referral/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

  • L.A. Wilding, Greek for Beginners
  • Abbott and Mansfield, Primer of Greek Grammar
  • North and Hillard, Greek Prose Composition JACT A Greek Anthology
  • Liddell and Scott, Greek-English Lexicon (abridged)

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Key words search

Classics, Greek, Language

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

GCSE Greek or equivalent

Module co-requisites


NQF level (module)


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