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GREE9016 Ancient Greek Language Stage 3A

Module Overview

This is the first half of a Stage 3 course in Ancient Greek Language with the emphasis on Classical Attic.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of every language course at the University is to enable you to communicate in your target language (TL) at that particular level. In the context of a dead language, this means that you will develop your proficiency in listening, reading, and writing so as to eventually be able to deal with authentic material from the period(s). The module aims for you to understand all the things which affect decoding of authentic material, including knowledge of how the language was used, how to analyse it, and the cultural contexts in which it was spoken. Successful completion of the full Stage 3, over 2 semesters, is approximately equivalent to reaching Level B2 of the Common European Framework, or Grade A or B at A Level. After completing this single semester module, as a competent language user at the midpoint of Stage 3, and after a notional 150 hours of study time (class contact plus independent learning), you should have skills, knowledge and understanding in the areas outlined below. These are expressed in terms of what you should know and/or be able to do by the end of this module.

Learning Outcomes

Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources.
  • engage in analytical and evaluative thinking.
  • develop problem-solving skills.


This Stage will integrate topics and, where appropriate, specialist areas with the study of the language. There will be a particular emphasis on and use of grammar. Course books, reference material and topic-based material will be used as appropriate. Some of the material will be derived from authentic print. Independent learning material will be available in the Language Resources Centre, the Hartley library and on Blackboard.

Special Features

Since Ancient Greek is no longer spoken, the oral element which forms a major component of most language courses, features less prominently and is not assessed in this module. Students will not be expected to speak the language. Instead, the emphasis is on analysis of text, grammar and cultural understanding.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The combination of direct teaching, opportunities for participation, and support for resource-based independent study are specifically designed to ensure that you can achieve reading competence as outlined in the learning outcomes above. Classes Although part of any class session is likely to involve direct teaching, the emphasis is on student participation and you will be expected to take part actively in discussion and in tasks like small group and pair work. The tutor will give you plenty of support to build your confidence and, particularly in the case of assessed work, will provide feedback which will help you to improve. Independent Learning You will also be expected to spend time studying outside the class, and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. As you progress through the language stages you will learn to understand, monitor and improve your own learning style; you will also acquire some expertise as a researcher and develop the kind of key skills which are valued by employers. You are encouraged to use resources at the Language Resources Centre, the Hartley Library and on Blackboard. For this Stage, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning vocabulary and structures and by reading material in the target language, by preparing exercises and activities for the class, writing assignments, undertaking projects and continuing to build a repertoire of effective language learning strategies.

Wider reading or practice14
Completion of assessment task20
Follow-up work20
Preparation for scheduled sessions40
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Henry George Liddell and Robert Scott. An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon. 

Joint Association of Classical Teachers. Reading Greek: Text and Vocabulary. 

Joint Association of Classical Teachers. Reading Greek: Grammar and Exercises. 



In-class Test


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 60%
Portfolio assignments 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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