CAG1001 : Beginners' Greek in Action 1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to equip students to engage with what Greek authors wrote in their own words, by:

•Introducing the basic structures and vocabulary of the Greek language;
•Training students to relate an English translation to its original Greek text;
•Training students to appreciate significant differences between a translation and its original text.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module introduces students to basic key grammatical patterns and structures of Greek, which will enable students to identify the function performed by the individual words in a Greek sentence. It also trains students in 'dictionary skills': how to work back to the form of a Greek word to be looked up, from its form in a text; how to take into account the range of meanings and connotations many Greek words carry. The emphasis is on enabling students to read Greek with the help of reference books, although students will need to learn the key patterns and a limited amount of basic core vocabulary.

The module also provides the opportunity to put these skills into practice by introducing students to a gradated series of Greek historical and literary texts (starting with simple inscriptions and working upwards), in most cases studied alongside a published translation. Students will be asked to match up elements of the Greek with their English equivalents (and vice versa), and to comment on aspects of meaning and style apparent in the Greek text but not (or not to the same extent) in the translation.

There are 4 classes every week. Three of these will mostly be dedicated to basic linguistic training and practice; the fourth to the study of Greek texts with their translations, as outlined above. Students will be expected to complete regular homework exercises, including preparation of passages for the “text plus translation” sessions at which the class usually divide into groups to work on analysis of the Greek passages in question.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion731:0073:0047.5% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Introductory lecture
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading731:0073:0047.5% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching451:0045:00Small group language class
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study81:008:005% of guided independent study
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CAC8097Beginners' Greek for MA Candidates
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

An introductory lecture in week 1 is taken together with students from other modules, all sessions constitute small-group teaching.

The four taught classes per week introduce, explain, demonstrate and give students the opportunity to apply under guidance, the knowledge of the Greek language and the approach to analysing Greek texts which the module aims to instil.

In private study, students consolidate knowledge imparted in the taught classes, further practise applying that knowledge to set exercises, and learn to use their language skills to think in analytical and constructive ways about original Greek texts (weekly tasks are set in this last respect).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A50N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CAC8097Beginners' Greek for MA Candidates1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M50In format of Greek in Action ; c.3,500 words not including the brief language/translation questions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination tests students' ability independently to apply their language knowledge to the task of identifying and translating individual word forms, and to correctly translate Greek sentences, in a "time-controlled" environment and where their access to reference material (purpose-designed for the examination) can be controlled.

The assignment is designed to assess students' ability to apply their linguistic knowledge and analytical and problem-solving skills to original literary texts in a way that develops and tests their skills of close literary analysis.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

This module cannot be made available to Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students under any circumstances.

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