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Module

CAG1002 : Beginners' Greek in Action 2

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Susanna Phillippo
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

CAG1002 follows on from CAG1001, introducing more complex grammatical patterns and structures.

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 CAG1002 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 contact hour equivalents 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.

CAG1002 is taught in the equivalent of four contact hours per week. 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion651:0065:0047.5% of guided independent study
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:001 hour/week 'delivered' (non-synchronously); 1 added student hour for reflection and revision
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading651:0065:0047.5% of guided independent study
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops271:0027:00full group interactive language classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study71:007:005% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

General rationale: This set-up aims to preserve as much of the (traditional) method for from-scratch language teaching which has worked so well over the past years, and has been commended by students.

'Workshops' will be used for interactive language classes, which include informal practice and exercise (as set in course material). They will introduce (or re-introduce: see at lecture materials), discuss and practise all the knowledge and skills implied in the outcomes; they will also discuss with students how best to use the time set aside for private study.

The non-synchronously delivered lecture materials will be used to introduce new grammatical concepts, pick up on general problems encountered the previous week, etc.

The non-synchronous 'academic skills' sessions will be offered twice a week, and will include discussions of exercises.

Private study is supposed to be spent revising the material discussed in class, preparing for the next class and doing the exercises provided in the course material

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A5524 hour take home
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M45In format of Greek in Action ; 2,200 words not including the brief language/translation questions
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2Mshort weekly tests of vocabulary and grammar
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Examination (even in a take-home format) is still inevitably the best way of testing students' assimilation of linguistic knowledge and skills, and translation skills in both seen and unseen texts. The assignment tests the students' elementary skills in analysing Greek texts.

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