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GREEK 300 A: Greek Language, Accelerated

Introductory Greek, Accelerated

Summer Term: 
A-term
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 8:30am - 10:40am
Location: 
PAR 306
SLN: 
11643
Note: 
Now counts for VLPA credit, if you have already met the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Syllabus Description:

GREEK 300: FIRST YEAR GREEK ACCELERATED

Summer 2016 (A Term)

 

 

Instructor: Matthew Gorey (goreym2@uw.edu)                                          

Dept. of Classics phone: 206 543-2266

Office: Condon 128B (can only access from outside—entrance is on SW corner of Condon)

Office hour: Monday, 1:15-2:15pm

First year Greek courses give you direct access to the thoughts and writings of the ancient Greeks and allow you to explore the dynamic and often dangerous cultural, social and political world in which they wrote. Learning to interpret and use an ancient language requires you to explore unknown areas and think in new ways. Our focus is on Greek as a literary language. Course activities are designed to foster a collegial and collaborative atmosphere and to encourage you to make strong connections between the ancient language and literature we are exploring together and your other interests, passions and pursuits.

 

Course Goals:

Through your work in the course you will demonstrate that you can:

  • Read and translate selections from ancient Greek authors and compose simple sentences in Greek.
  • Understand and explain the literary, historical and cultural context of texts by ancient Greek authors
  • Analyze and explain Greek grammar and syntax
  • Analyze and describe the influence of the Greek language on subsequent languages and literatures

By completing the accelerated first year sequence (300-301) you equip yourself to read any Greek author. In our second year courses (304, 305, 306, 307) students read selections of Xenophon (305), Plato (306), and Homer (307), and other authors (304).

 

Required texts

-Anne Groton: From Alpha to Omega (abbreviated as ΑΩ in what follows)

  1. Only the fourth edition should be used. This book explains Greek grammar and syntax and contains many short readings from ancient Greek authors.

-Author spotlight packet – will be distributed in class

-Recommended App: Ancient Greek by Paul Hudson. A digital version of Liddell Scott Jones Greek Lexicon, the best large ancient Greek dictionary (or, as we say in Greek, "lexicon"). Try searching 'Ancient Greek Dictionary' on the App store. For Android you could try http://appcrawlr.com/android/lsj-greek-dictionary

 

Grades will be calculated on the basis of the following percentages:

-completion of homework assignments and in-class exercises           40%

Homework includes weekly exercises in which you compose sentences in Greek; your ‘author spotlight’ presentation, and other assignments as noted on the syllabus

-short quizzes (2-3 per week)                                                           35%

-author spotlight 5-7 minute presentation                                          5%

-final exam                                                                                           20%

 

If you want to use Greek to satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement, please email clasdept@uw.edu to make arrangements to do this. 

Additional Details:

First year Greek courses give you direct access to the thoughts and writings of the ancient Greeks and allow you to explore the dynamic and often dangerous cultural, social and political world in which they wrote. Learning to interpret and use an ancient language requires you to explore unknown areas and think in new ways. Our focus is on Greek as a literary language. Course activities are designed to foster a collegial and collaborative atmosphere and to encourage you to make strong connections between the ancient language and literature we are exploring together and your other interests, passions and pursuits.

Course Goals:Through your work in the course you will demonstrate that you can: 

  • Read and translate selections from ancient Greek authors and compose simple sentences in Greek.
  • Understand and explain the literary, historical and cultural context of  texts by ancient Greek authors
  • Analyze and explain Greek grammar and syntax
  • Analyze and describe the influence of the Greek language on subsequent languages and literatures

By completing the first year sequence (101-102-103) you equip yourself to read any Greek author. In our second year courses (304, 305, 306, 307) students read selections of Xenophon (305), Plato (306), and Homer (307), and other authors (304). 

If you are interested in using Greek to meet the foreign language proficiency requirement, please email clasdept@uw.edu to make arrangements to do so. 

Comments from recent UW students in this class: 

"This class helped me understand language in a way I never thought I could." 

"I learned a lot and of all the language courses I have taken, this was the most useful and everything stuck." 

"I really enjoy learning Greek." 

"Greek is a blast!! I love learning about the culture." 

"Greek as a whole makes you think about the evolution of language and how much (and how little!) has changed in so many years." 

Catalog Description: 
Intensive introduction to Attic Greek. Not accepted as upper-division credit toward a major in Greek or classics. Does not satisfy foreign language proficiency requirement. Cannot be taken for credit if GREEK 101 already taken. Offered: WS.
Status: 
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Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:12pm
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