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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS1810 Beginners Ancient Greek

20 creditsClass Size: 24

Module manager: Owen Hodkinson

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Module replaces

CLAS1801 Fast-Track Ancient Greek 1

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

The module involves using a textbook designed for ab initio learners of Ancient Greek, acquiring knowledge of the alphabet, vocabulary, grammar and some easier syntax, approaching a lower intermediate level by the end of the course. It will include grammar exercises, translation of easier sentences from Greek to English and English to Greek, and translation of easier passages from Greek to English. The module is worth 20 credits and consists of 2 classes per week, running through the whole year.


This course introduces the Ancient Greek language from a complete beginners level, starting with the alphabet. It is suitable for those with no prior knowledge of Ancient Greek, but also those with a little prior experience but no formal qualification. It will use an introductory textbook to teach grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and translation, and over the year will progress to a post-beginners / early lower intermediate level; this can be followed up with a second module if desired in the following year.

Learning outcomes
The course is designed to provide a solid basis in knowledge of beginners level Ancient Greek language - vocabulary, grammar, and syntax - so that students can translate and answer comprehension passages on passages of adapted, and some easier unadapted, Ancient Greek writing, as well as understanding and using grammar and syntax in translating simpler sentences from English into Ancient Greek. It will provide a foundation for those who wish to take the acquisition of the language further to an intermediate level.

Skills outcomes
A range of subject-specific skills including the ability to translate simpler passages of Ancient Greek, to recognise and apply correctly grammatical and syntactical rules in translating or analysing simpler sentences, and to conjugate and decline regular and some important irregular verbs, nouns, and adjectives.


Students completing this module will have acquired:
- A knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and easier syntactical constructions, as appropriate to a beginners level course
- An ability to conjugate regular and some important irregular verbs in the most commonly used tenses, voices, and moods, and to decline regular and some important irregular nouns and adjectives
- an ability to understand and translate into English adapted Ancient Greek passages and to tackle some simpler unadapted passages with the aid of vocabulary and grammar/syntax notes
- an ability to translate simple sentences from English into Greek
- an appreciation of the Greek roots of many English words

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours158.00
Total Contact hours42.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Day-to-day preparation, assigned homework, and learning of vocabulary grammar and syntax for each class, including formative in-class tests: 3 hours for each class = 126 hours.
Revising/consolidating knowledge for two in-class assessments (summative): 6 hours for each test = 14 hours.
Revising/consolidating knowledge for final exam: 18 hours.
Total: 158 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored:
- at an informal level, through contributions in class, regular formative tests of vocabulary and grammar, and written homework in the form of short grammar/syntax exercises or translations.
- at a formal level, through the two summative 1-hour in-class tests and the final 2-hour exam, spaced evenly through the year's course.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment1 hour in-class test25.00
In-course Assessment1 hour in-class test25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 23/02/2017


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