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Greek Language & Literature (Intermediate)

CX 126, 226, 326

depending on year of study



This module builds upon the Greek Language CX101 module and gives the opportunity to read continuous passages of original authors. Students need to have a sound basis to enrol on the module: second year students will need to have completed the Greek Language module in a satisfactory manner with a minimum of 70% overall or with a decent showing in a placement test. For the 2020/21 academic year, this will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and there will be a 'placement' test at the start of the year to check that the potential student has successfully consolidated their Greek from the first year.

This module is also studied by first year undergraduates who have studied Greek at GCSE level in the sixth form, or who have studied Greek at A level but did not achieve the A grade necessary for Greek Literary Texts. Anyone else who is interested should discuss their position with the module tutor. A placement test may be required at the start of the year.

Main points

For 2020/21, we have one group with three hours of tuition a week: on campus twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays and an asynchronous class mid-week. You will need your own copy of  the course book Greek Beyond GCSE  by John Taylor which we will use from the start of the first term, We will read original Greek in the second term.

The course is reasonably intensive and the classes are an integral part of the course. These need to be backed up by a significant amount of independent study.


You should expect to:

  • spend 2-3 hours between each class on independent study
  • revise for exams over the Christmas and Easter vacations,
  • set aside time for 300 hours of study over the year in total


Attendance is required at all classes, unless there is a very good reason you cannot attend. If you have an appointment you cannot miss, please discuss this in advance. If you are ill, you should email as soon as possible (on the day) giving an indication of why you could not be expected to attend. In the absence of any such email, attendance will be noted as unauthorised in the register. Our experience is that regular attendance is the single most important factor for success on this module.

In the event that you have to miss classes for more than one week due to illness, university regulations usually require you to submit a medical certificate from your GP or similar healthcare professional to the departmental office. You will be informed if there are different arrangements for 2020/21.

More importantly, you should be in email contact with the module tutor and your personal tutor since it is easy to fall behind in such a situation and catching up becomes progressively harder.

Drop-in sessions

Drop-in sessions are an important part of the module, offering students the opportunity to sort out areas of uncertainty as the module progresses. Often a quick, well-directed question can sort things out quickly and put your mind at rest. Drop-in sessions are particularly important where you have missed a class. You are expected to do the work which is always set out on-line, but you should use a drop-in session to check on anything you have not understood.

I have a dedicated session for Greek on Fridays  12-1, and another general session on Tuesdays 9-10.

Module convenor: Mr Clive Letchford.