Greek 2: Lower Intermediate

Overview

This interactive course further develops the participants' language skills and understanding of Greek culture, society and daily life.

To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following:

  • completed Greek 1 or equivalent
  • gained a GCSE (Grade B or below) in Greek
  • achieved level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in Greek

This elementary/lower intermediate level course is equivalent to level A2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It will further develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Greek in a range of predictable situations and familiarize students with a range of simple grammar structures. Through the exploration of Greek culture, students will broaden their understanding of Greek society and daily life.

The class activities will focus on listening, speaking and cultural awareness; 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 through class activities, discussions, and role-plays.

Programme details

Course begins: 29th Sept 2021

Week 1:   Introducing oneself and discussing interests. Welcome to the course, key information.

Week 2:   Telling the time. Prepositions of time

Week 3:   Talking about timetables. Everyday activities

Week 4:   Describing daily routine. Frequency adverbs

Week 5:   At the market: Buying food items. Plural nouns and quantitative expressions

Week 6:   Offering evaluations. Qualitative adjectives and case marking

Week 7:   At the supermarket: Identifying regional products. Denomination of origin

Week 8:   Shopping for clothes and gifts. Items of clothing and sizes

Week 9:   Making choices. Colour terms and relative pronouns

Week 10:   Consolidation: Arranging an outing

 

Course reconvenes: 26th Jan 2022

Week 11:   Describing our immediate environment. Auxiliary verbs and quantifiers

Week 12:   Around town: asking and giving directions. Indefinite pronouns and prepositions of place

Week 13:   Expressing preferences. Giving reasons

Week 14:   Organising a schedule. Simple Future and adverbs of time

Week 15:   Making enquiries. Telephone conversations

Week 16:   Negotiating travel arrangements. Transport

Week 17:   Social Events: meeting friends and acquaintances. More about Simple Future

Week 18:   Planning a trip. Months of the year

Week 19:   Booking hotel accommodation. Descriptive adjectives

Week 20:   Consolidation: A visit to Greece

Certification

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.

Fees

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

Tutor

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

The course aims to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in routine tasks and areas of immediate relevance such as personal information, work, study and leisure activities.

Course Objectives:

  • To enable students to communicate in Greek in simple routine tasks and on familiar topics and activities
  • To equip students with the vocabulary and grammar structures to write short simple personal letters and messages
  • To develop the reading comprehension skills for finding simple information in everyday material such as advertisements and menus
  • To help develop an insight into Greek culture and daily life

Teaching methods

All the Departments' language courses adopt the communicative teaching method with a focus on interactive tasks and activities in the target language, e.g. role-plays, discussions 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 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:

STAGE 2

S - Participate in simple prepared discussions

L - Understand simple spoken or recorded material in familiar situations

R - Understand the gist of simple texts on familiar topics

W - Write informal letters and short descriptive paragraphs

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 - Declaration of Authorship form

Application

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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