Greek 1: Beginners


This interactive course provides an introduction to Greek language and culture. It is for complete beginners as well as those who have learnt some Greek expressions and phrases through travel or socialising.

The course content is equivalent to level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The topics and grammar knowledge will enable students to communicate in a basic range of everyday situations relating to personal needs, and the cultural information will help understand simple references to the most common aspects of Greek culture and everyday life.

The class activities will focus on listening, speaking and the exploration of culture; and students will be encouraged to practise reading and writing skills in their own time. There will be plenty of opportunities to interact in the target language, leading to the development of the four language skills as well as learning basic grammar structures.

Programme details

Course begins: 30th Sept 2021

Week 1: Let's talk: Introducing oneself; greetings. Alphabet and pronunciation.

Week 2: Getting to know each other. Simple expressions: greetings, name, and nationality. Alphabet and pronunciation. Definite article. Nouns.

Week 3: Nationalities and languages. Alphabet and pronunciation. Adjectives. Numbers 1-20. The verb ‘to be’.

Week 4: Personal information: address, phone number and email address. Asking and answering questions. Numbers 21-100.  Present tense of common verbs (Type A).

Week 5: Jobs and occupations. Asking for and providing information about jobs; work places and studies. Nouns of professions in the singular form.

Week 6: Talking about places of residence.  Present tense of common verbs (Type B1).

Week 7: The family members, age and relationships. Kinship terms. Nouns.

Week 8: Things and objects. Enquiring about objects, products, and prices in a shop. Markets in Greece. Revision of nouns and adjectives.

Week 9: Ordering in a restaurant: Basic expressions. Learn the expression: ‘I would like’. Numerals.

Week 10: Consolidation: revision with games, quizzes, videos and music.


Course reconvenes: 27th Jan 2022

Week 11: Let's go again! Talking about oneself.

Week 12: Where do I go? Present Tense of more common verbs. Describing where, when, how and how I go places. Time.

Week 13:  Never on Sunday. Days, Months and irregular verbs. Adverbs of time.

Week 14: Daily activities. Compare and contrast different countries. Present Tense of Type A and Type B verbs

Week 15: Identifying and describing objects. Singular nouns

Week 16: Expressing likes and dislikes. Indicating preference

Week 17: Going to different shops and asking for their price. Nouns

Week 18: Going for shopping. Expressing choice. Adjectives

Week 19: What to wear. Colours and Colours. Preferences.

Week 20: Consolidation: Describing daily life


Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from the January 1st after the current full academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.


Description Costs
Course Fee £385.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00


Mr Kostas Skordyles

Kostas has taught modern Greek language and history as well as applied translation and translation theory at a number of British universities and other institutions such as the FCO and the MoD. Since 2007 he has been teaching at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, Sub-faculty of Byzantine and Modern Greek. 

Course aims

To provide students with little or no previous knowledge of Greek an introduction to simple everyday Greek language and culture.

Course Objectives:

  • To develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing for simple interaction in Greek.
  • To equip students with basic information about Greek culture and daily life.
  • To familiarize students with basic vocabulary and grammar structures to understand simple short texts such as notices and adverts.

Teaching methods

All the Departments' language courses adopt the communicative teaching method with a focus on interactive tasks and activities, role-plays, and pair/group work in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Students will be encouraged to participate and have fun.

The emphasis in class is on interacting in the target language, practising listening speaking and grammar structures, as well as exploring the culture. Students are encouraged to develop their reading and writing skills in their own time.

Learning outcomes

The following are brief indicators of what students should be able to do in each of the skills:

Speaking (S), Listening (L), Reading (R), and Writing (W) by the end of the individual stages:


S Participate in simple everyday conversation made up of familiar language;

L Understand simple messages and conversations;

R Obtain specific information from simple written texts;

W Produce short texts using limited structures and vocabulary items.

Assessment methods

Most tutors will set weekly assignments to consolidate learning and allow students to study at their own pace. Some of these assignments, which may include testing listening and speaking skills, will count towards formally assessing the students' progress.

In general, students are required to submit for assessment a variety of exercises and/or shorter pieces of work. They will also have the opportunity to complete one or more optional tasks to benefit from tutor feedback.

Credits gained from the successful completion of this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher education in other subjects.

Due to the continuous assessment required for language classes, students must submit one completed Declaration of Authorship form per term. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.


To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

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