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CULP: Languages for All - Greek


Greek is an Indo-European language and the only member of the Hellenic branch; it has been spoken in the South-East Europe since early in the second millennium BC and has the longest recorded history of any Indo-European language. Ancient Greek, spanning from c. 1500 BC to 1600 AD, and Modern Greek (c.1700 to the present) are two major developmental stages in the long history of the language.

Modern Greek is spoken by some 14 million people mainly in the Republic of Greece, where it is the official language, and the Republic of Cyprus as one of the two official languages. It is also spoken by sizeable immigrant communities in the USA, Australia, Western Europe and elsewhere. Since 1981 is has been one of the official languages of the European Union as well.

The language has a very rich verbal and nominal morphology. There is a large number of words borrowed from other languages, such as Italian, Turkish, French, or English. Dialectal differences are minor, except for Cypriot.

Both Ancient and Modern Greek are written in the Greek alphabet, derived from the Phoenician script, comprising 24 letters.

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Qualifications framework level: CEFR A1


For absolute beginners or for those with very little knowledge of the language.

Teaching Pattern

One two-hour classes per week in Lent and Easter terms.

The course is divided into 15 sessions with each one introducing new topics and structures.

Educational Aims

At the Basic 1 Level the main aims are:

    • to develop a basic understanding and an appreciation of the salient linguistic features;
    • to develop the necessary skills for communication in predictable everyday situations;
    • to develop an insight into Greek-speaking life, culture and society.

Learning Outcomes

The student will acquire the necessary skills to:

    • be able to read, using accurate pronunciation and intonation;
    • gain knowledge of basic and high frequency vocabular;
    • to develop an insight into Greek-speaking life, culture and society;
    • understand and use familiar language;
    • gain sufficient intercultural awareness to interpret references to everyday life and aspects of the Greek society and culture.
Listening/Speaking Understand some basic instructions and information or take part in a brief informal conversation on a familiar topic.
Reading Understand texts and dialogues on simple and familiar topics as well as notices and basic instructions.
Writing Write a brief informal letter, e-mail or note on a familiar topic.


The Course introduces students to the following functions and notions:

  • Greetings
  • Family and friends
  • Telling the time and date
  • Daily routine
  • Home
  • At the restaurant and the cafe
  • Hobbies and past times
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Past events
  • Directions and locations
  • Weather and seasons
  • Shopping (groceries and clothes)


Greek Basic

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Intensive - Long Vacation 2020

This course will not be offered this term.

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