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CLAS1810 Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 1)

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Owen Hodkinson

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is mutually exclusive with

CLAS2810Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 2)
CLAS3815Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 3)

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces the Ancient Greek language from a complete beginners level, beginning with the alphabet. It is suitable for those with no prior knowledge of Ancient Greek, but also for those with a little prior experience but no formal qualification. It will use an introductory textbook to teach grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and translation. Students who have GCSE, AS-Level, A-Level or equivalent in Ancient Greek may NOT take this module.


The module 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 questions on passages of adapted Ancient Greek writing, as well as understanding and using grammar and syntax in translating short sentences from English into Ancient Greek. It will provide a foundation for those who wish to take the acquisition of the language further to intermediate level.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Recognise and refer to vocabulary, grammar and easier syntactical constructions, as appropriate to a beginners’ level course.
2. Apply correctly grammatical and syntactical rules in analysing clauses and simple sentences.
3. Understand and translate into English adapted Ancient Greek passages, with the aid of vocabulary and grammar/syntax notes.
4. Translate simple sentences from English into Ancient Greek.

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
5. Adopt learning strategies and continually monitor and evaluate progress, adjusting strategies in the light of new problems.
6. Identify gaps in knowledge and seek out the information needed in order to address a problem or task.
7. Assess options and apply analytical judgement to understand and translate another language.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours160.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

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 general linguistic aptitude and 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

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentGrammar exercise (end S2)50.00
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 50.00
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: 05/02/2024


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