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Module

CAG1001 : Beginners' Greek in Action 1

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Susanna Phillippo
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The overall aim of the Beginners’ Greek modules is to allow students to engage with what ancient authors wrote in their own words, and to introduce them to the study of Greek literary texts in the original languages.

The linguistic aims of CAG1001 are to:

1. instil the acquisition and consolidation of core linguistic skills and knowledge (words and their various forms; clauses, sentences, and their structures; strategies for reading and translating);
2. train students in the use of linguistic reference tools such as the LSJ dictionary.
One of the 4 weekly hours is devoted to Greek ‘in Action’. The aims of this taught component and its related assessment are:
1. to help students to solidify and extend their working knowledge of basic vocabulary and its usage;
2. to give students an opportunity to put their developing knowledge of key grammatical patterns and syntactical structures into practice;
3. to help students to develop their ability to analyse and appreciate the effects of different modes of expression in the language, including differences of meaning and style, with or without the aid of a published translation;
4. to train students in the application of language skills to literary analysis, and in critical reading of texts in the original language;
5. to assist students in developing and applying increasingly nuanced translation strategies based on the foregoing skills; and
6. to enhance students' ability to read classical literature more meaningfully by applying all these skills to unfamiliar texts in the original language.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module introduces students to 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.

CAG1001 is taught in four contact hours per week (following an introductory week 1). Three of these hours focus primarily on the acquisition and consolidation of core linguistic skills and knowledge (words and their various forms; clauses, sentences, and their structures; strategies for reading and translating).
The remaining weekly hour is devoted to Greek or Latin ‘in Action’. The aims of this taught component and its related assessment are:
1. to help students to solidify and extend their working knowledge of basic vocabulary and its usage;
2. to give students an opportunity to put their developing knowledge of key grammatical patterns and syntactical structures into practice;
3. to help students to develop their ability to analyse and appreciate the effects of different modes of expression in the language, including differences of meaning and style, without the aid of a published translation;
4. to train students in the application of language skills to literary analysis, and in critical reading of texts in the original language;
5. to assist students in developing and applying increasingly nuanced translation strategies based on the foregoing skills; and
6. to enhance students' ability to read classical literature more meaningfully by applying all these skills to unfamiliar texts in the original language.
Several methods are used in supporting these aims, as appropriate to the level, the readings, and the specific grammatical elements being learned. ‘In Action’ class exercises and assessed assignments are usually based on the close study of one or more short passages of text in the original language. Methods may include translation of passages into English; translation from English into Latin/Greek; comparison of published translations; stylistic analysis; scansion of passages of verse; memorisation of short excerpts; recitation.
Both the 'In Action' sessions and other languages classes will introduce students to skills and techniques of Greek dictionary usage.

Students will be expected to complete regular homework exercises.

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
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

An introductory lecture and workshop session introducing students to the Greek alphabet in week 1 are 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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M30In format of Greek in Action ; 2400 words not including the brief language/translation questions
Written exercise1M20Weekly in-class tests
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination tests students' ability independently to apply their language knowledge to tasks such as identifying, producing and translating individual word forms, and to correctly translate Greek sentences, in a "time-controlled" environment.

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.

The weekly tests ensure students' constant review of the material covered in the module, and allow the instructor to detect difficulties early on in the semester and provide students with constant feedback on their progress.

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.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a
degree.

Reading Lists

Timetable