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CLAS1200 Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 1)

20 creditsClass Size: 7

Module manager: Dr Adam Lecznar

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Pre-GCSE Ancient Greek
Students who have GCSE, AS-level, A-level, or equivalent in Ancient Greek may NOT take this module.

This module is mutually exclusive with

CLAS2200Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 2)
CLAS3230Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 3)

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This module is suitable for students who have passed reached an equivalent level to CLAS1810 Beginners Ancient Greek already (or approximately the first year of a two-year GCSE course). The module involves a study and consolidation of more challenging aspects of ancient Greek grammar, and is designed to provide the foundation for reading ancient Greek texts in the original. The module will reach approximately GCSE standard Ancient Greek.


The module aims to train students to intermediate level (approximately GCSE) Ancient Greek language. On completion, students will be able to translate and answer comprehension questions on unadapted Ancient Greek passages; they will have a sound knowledge of a range of vocabulary, sentence structures and syntactical constructions; and they will be able to apply more complex grammar and syntax in translating sentences from Ancient Greek into English and English into Ancient Greek.

Learning outcomes
Students completing this module will have acquired:
- a knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and syntax as appropriate to intermediate level;
- an ability to conjugate regular verbs in all tenses, voices, and moods, except for the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect, as well as some important irregular verbs in the most commonly used tenses, voices, and moods; and to decline regular 1st, 2nd, and 3rd declension nouns, and adjectives, and some important irregular nouns, adjectives and pronouns;
- an ability to understand and translate into English unadapted Ancient Greek passages with the aid of vocabulary and grammar/syntax notes;
- an ability to translate more complex sentences from English into Ancient Greek, using the range of syntactical constructions covered;
- an appreciation of the Greek roots of many English words.

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


The module involves using a textbook designed for intermediate learners of Ancient Greek and acquiring knowledge of a wider range of vocabulary, grammar and more complex syntax than beginners, in order to reach a good intermediate level (approximately GCSE) by the end of the course. It will include grammar exercises, translation of sentences from Greek to English and English to Greek, and translation of unadapted passages from Greek to English. The module is worth 20 credits and consists of 2 classes per week through semesters 1 and 2.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours160.00
Total Contact hours40.00
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 = 120 hours.
Revising/consolidating knowledge for one each in-class test assessment (summative): 24 hours
Revising/consolidating knowledge 1.5 hour for final exam (semester 2): 16 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored by:
- a diagnostic test in week 3 of the module, after 4 teaching sessions, to assess potential to meet learning outcomes.
- (informal) contributions in class, regular formative tests of vocabulary and grammar, and written homework in the form of short grammar/syntax exercises or translations.
- (formal) the summative 1 hour in-class tests in semester 1 week 8 and semester 2 week 4.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment1 Hour Test25.00
In-course Assessment1 Hour 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
Unseen exam 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

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/09/2019


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