What is the course about?
The course aims to enable students to read straightforward Greek prose by gaining a knowledge of basic grammatical structures.
What will we cover?
We shall be using the textbook Reading Greek (2nd edition, 2 vols), a textbook designed for adult beginners, based on original Greek sources. We shall start around section 4A. Students will read adapted passages from works by Plato, Herodotus, Aristophanes etc. Reading will be combined with grammar instruction and grammatical exercises. We shall be studying the conjugation of verbs, the declension of nouns and adjectives and pronouns.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-demonstrate some knowledge of the structure of Greek
-demonstrate some knowledge of regular and contracted verbs
-demonstrate some knowledge of the declension of nouns, adjectives and pronouns, in all 3 declensions.
-have some insight into the derivation of English words.
-have some insight into the world of ancient Greece.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for beginners who have already completed Classical Greek 1 for complete beginners: Modules 1 and 2, or who have equivalent knowledge. The course is also suitable for those who want to go on to read New Testament Greek. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and also take part in class and group discussions on readings. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support with your English skills to help you take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the traditional approach, but aims also at a high level of student interaction with some pair and group work. Please note that students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do 2 hours homework per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Reading Greek by the Joint Association of Classical Teachers (Peter Jones and Keith Sidwell, Cambridge University Press), 2nd edition - 2 vols: Text and Vocabulary (ISBN: 9780521698511); Grammar and Exercises (ISBN: 9780521698528). Some copies are available in the Library for use during this course. Further materials to be provided by the teacher in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Classical Greek 2: module 1.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details