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CULP: Languages for All - Greek

Greek

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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

Prerequisites

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 Understand texts, articles and personal letters on familiar topics as well as extract predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables..

Topics

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)

Syllabus:

Greek Basic 1


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Qualifications framework level: CEFR A2 ALTE Breakthrough

Prerequisites: CULP Basic 1 / CEFR A1

This is a continuation of the Greek Basic 1 course, suitable for students who have picked up the basics in their previous studies at the introductory level.

Educational Aims

At Basic 2 Level the main aims are:

    • to revise and build on the basic grammatical structures and vocabulary;
    • to further develop students’ understanding of the salient linguistic features of the language;
    • to establish the learner as a confident language user in a range of predictable everyday situations related to areas of immediate relevance;
    • to enhance students’ understanding of contemporary Greek culture and life.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Course students will be able to:

Listening/Speaking Understand the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance and the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.
Speaking Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities and handle very short social exchanges.
Reading Understand texts, articles and personal letters on familiar topics as well as extract predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables.
Writing Write brief, simple notes and letters on familiar or predictable matters, relating to areas of immediate needs.

Topics

The Course introduces students to the following functions and notions:

    • Providing and extracting personal information (e.g. origin, age, family and relationships, characteristics and personality, employment)
    • Talking about hobbies, free time activities, interests, and habits
    • Describing housing, with details about different types of accommodation and outgoings
    • Describing the local area and other places, weather, and nature
    • Stating preferences, likes and dislikes
    • Issuing and responding to invitations
    • Talking about holidays and travel
    • Talking about the past in general and tell stories
    • Plan for the future
    • Discovering Greece
    • Eating in and out
    • Talking about health and fitness: healthy eating and lifestyle, ailments and symptoms
    • Going shopping

Syllabus:

Greek Basic 2


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Standard (1 online session per week) - Michaelmas-Lent 2021/22

  Tuesday
Basic 1 17:00 - 19:00

Greek - Michaelmas-Lent 2021/22


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