Course code: LPXR208P
Subject area: Languages
Study level: Part Time
Course level: U
3:00pm - 5:00pm
12th Jan 2022 - 6th Jul 2022
01235 555 585
This course is designed for complete beginners with no background in any classical languages, or indeed no languages whatsoever. Have you always wanted to learn a dead language? Are you fascinated by the culture and literature of Ancient Greece, as we see it in movies, books, and even games, and want to gain a unique entry point into this part of the ancient world? Then this course is for you!
Ancient Greek, spoken and written in the Eastern Mediterranean between the 9th century BC and the 15th century AD with the fall of the Byzantine Empire, is the entry point for an almost unlimited treasure trove of literature, from the epic poetry of Homer to the theatre of Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus, all the way to the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides who are still shaping our understanding of how history should be written. The afterlives of these texts are still very much present in European and British culture.
Following on from the Beginners A course, this course will lead you to a point where you can access some of these texts in the original language. Aiding yourself with a facing translation, you will be able to follow the Greek language version and thereby gain a deeper understanding of the contents and culture. You will also be able to read and understand simpler texts with no guidance from an existing translation.
As a ‘dead’ language, Ancient Greek provides a challenging but fascinating entry point to language learning, with a strong focus on grammar and structures that will be especially attractive for learners who enjoy logic, maths, and puzzles of all kinds. It will also be a lot of fun for learners who already know or are studying Modern Greek, as there will be lots of opportunities to talk about language history and where words come from. Finally, studying Ancient Greek can improve your understanding of your own native language, as well as challenge you to expand your views of what a language can do!
An overview of Ancient Greek grammar, with a special focus on word forms and simple sentences, building up to some notions of syntax and complex sentences. Throughout the course, grammar concepts will be introduced by seeing them at work in Ancient Greek texts.
Contents: the third nominal declension; the adjective, its formation and usage; the verb in the present stem (subjunctive, optative, participle, infinitive). We will also introduce some subordinate clauses, and if time allows we will discuss the formation and use of the aorist (a past tense).
Classes will be structured as a mix of grammar topics and exercises, with learners starting to read and translate short Greek texts as soon as possible, to provide a truly immersive learning experience.
Please note there will be no teaching sessions on 23/02/22, 13/04/22, 20/04/22 and 01/06/22.
Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.
You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.
16 - 18 Fee
Tuition Fee: £176.00Exam Fee: £0.00
Total Cost: £176.00
19+ Reduced Fee
Tuition Fee: £0.00Exam Fee: £0.00
Total Cost: £0.00