Introduction to Ancient Greek (Greek 1)
Fall 2013, MWF 12-110 AB 343
Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Professor of Classics, 327 Anderson Hall,
1-3672, email@example.com. Office hours: TTh 11-12 and MWF 11:15-12
Peer teacher: Nikki Love firstname.lastname@example.org
Course web site: http://www.temple.edu/classics/greek1/
Subject web site: http://www.temple.edu/classics/greek/
updated 20 November 2013
Texts: From Alpha to Omega (fourth cedition), by Anne Groton, ISBN 978-1-58510-391-1(at TUB under "Greek")
Overview: This course aims to introduce you to the language of the ancient Greeks. By the end of the first month, you will be reading actual ancient Greek texts!! That is, you will if you survive! This course will be hard, but it will also be extremely rewarding. No matter how clever you are, learning Greek will take a fair amount of time. You should not take this course unless you are willing and able to spend some time -- even just a few minutes -- on Greek every day, for this time will be the single most important factor in your level of success. I will give you as much help as you want or need. During April we will read a real, unadulterated, Athenian text, On the Murder of Eratosthenes by Lysias.
Approach: We stress learning Greek through reading progressively harder passages of the original language, a practice accompanied by memorizing important vocabulary and forms. It is very important that you not wander off or fall behind. Thus you will have a vocabulary quiz every Monday on the previous week's new words and a grammar and reading test four times during the semester, and a final. If you are going to miss a class, you must call or email me, and I will return your message as soon as I can with your assignment. There will be brief homework assignments for almost every class meeting. I also assign weekly vocabulary quizzes because memorizing a word's meaning then allows you to concentrate on its form when you are reading. Understanding a word rests on a combination of absolute meaning and contextual form. Learn the meaning and half the battle is won! An extra bonus here is that understanding Greek roots will increase your English vocabulary tremendously. Daily work is crucial; for any course you should spend two hours studying for every hour in class, so for this course you should devote eight hours each week if you would like to receive a high grade and actually learn to read Greek.
SOS? If you at any point feel overwhelmed, dumber than everyone else in the class, or just plain confused, please talk to me. Don’t sneak away and then try to avoid running into me on campus. I am very willing to offer advice or extra help. Consider setting up study groups with your classmates. There will be students around the module who have completed this course already. This semester we also have a Diamond Peer Teacher, Nikki Love, to provide additional support to students.
If you miss a quiz or test without notifying me in advance with justification, you may not make up the assignment.
Note that I will weigh the second half of the course more heavily than the first if you show real improvement as the semester progresses.
Homework: Completion of assigned homework is extremely important for learning the language. Ideally, you should complete your homework on non-class days, not one hour before we meet! Normal homework may be handed in one meeting late and still receive credit.
Starting out: By Wednesday, learn the Greek alphabet for a quiz (see page 3 or the Powerpoint); be able to write out the alphabet in order, in lower case letters). I STRONGLY urge to you consult a new interactive web site (http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/greek/index.html) for learning the Greek alphabet and the basic principles of the Greek language. For now, learn the lower case letters, since these are the ones you will see the most. The single biggest obstacle most students face as they begin is the alphabet, so if you get used to it quickly, the rest will be much easier. The single biggest obstacle most students face as they begin is the alphabet, so if you get used to it quickly, the rest will be much easier. Check out this guide for writing Greek letters.
How to Study:
Schedule: (Subject to modifications)
|Aug 26- 30||Lessons 1-3. Alphabet quiz Wednesday.||The Alphabet; accents; present tense of active thematic verbs|
|Sept 4-6||Lessons 4-5||First declension nouns.|
|Sept 9-13||Lessons 6-8||Future tense of active thematic verbs; second declension nouns; adjectives|
|Sept 16-20||Test Monday on 1-8. Lessons 9-10||Imperfect tense of active thematic verbs; correlatives.|
|Sept 23-27||Lessons 10-12||Middle/passive voice; prepositions;|
|Sept 30-Oct 4||Lessons 12-14||"To be"; enclitics; demonstratives|
|Oct 7-11||Test Monday on 9-13. Lessons 14-15||Personal pronouns; contract verbs; contract futures|
|Oct 14-18||Lessons 15-17||Third declension;|
|Oct 21-25||Lesson 18-19||Frst aorist active and middle;Second aorist active and middle; reflexive pronouns|
|Oct 28-Nov 1||Test Monday. Lesson 20||Perfect active|
|Nov 4-8||Lessons 21-22||Interrogatives and indefinites; perfect middle and passive|
|Nov 11-15||Lesson 23-24||Relative pronouns; time expressions; active participles|
|Nov 18-22||Test Monday. Lessons 24-25||Middle/passive participles|
|Nov 26||Lesson 25-26||Questions|
|Dec 2-4||Lesson 26||Aorist passive|
|Dec 11||Final exam 10:30-12:30||review sessions can be scheduled|
Disability disclosure statement: Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss the specific situation as soon as possible. Contact Disability Resources at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.
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