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Unit information: Greek Language Level B2 in 2021/22

Unit name Greek Language Level B2
Unit code CLAS22316
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Laura Jansen
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Classics & Ancient History
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to introduce students to a range of skills in independent reading and analysis of Greek literature. Students will also be introduced to the different resources available for self-directed interpretation; lexica, translations, commentaries and word search tools. Emphasis will be on close analysis of specific passages, exploring the different links between grammatical understanding of the language and literary appreciation of the work of art. Students will read 450-600 lines of unadapted ancient Greek texts, to be chosen by the unit tutor. Authors might include Lysias, Plato, Xenophon, or Euripides. Aims:

• To develop students’ knowledge of Greek language through the reading of classical Greek prose;

• To introduce students to techniques required to read and study Greek texts independently, including the use of dictionaries and commentaries;

• To introduce students to issues of translation and interpretation of Greek literature;

• To develop students’ written communication skills and ability to form coherent, critical arguments about translation through the course assessment.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1.Demonstrate knowledge of Greek vocabulary at the standard of level B2
2.Identify and discuss Greek morphology and syntax as appropriate to level B2.
3.Demonstrate skills of independent reading and prepared translation, with reference works, of longer or more difficult Greek texts as appropriate to level B2.
4.Undertake at-sight translation of unseen Greek texts, without reference works as appropriate to level B2
5.Be able to demonstrate knowledge in the use of dictionaries, commentaries, or scholarship, and be able to relate this knowledge to their understanding and interpretation of a Greek text.
6.Demonstrate skills in working collaboratively

Teaching Information

This unit will involve a combination of independent investigative activities, long- and short-form lectures, and discussion. Students will be expected to engage with materials and participate on a weekly basis. Feedback will be provided for both formative and summative assessments, and this will be supported by meetings with tutors.

Assessment Information

1. 2,000 word collaborative commentary (formative). [ILOs 1-3 & 5] 2. Exam (summative) (100%). [ILOs 1-5]


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.