LA1PK1-IWLP Modern Greek 1

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Timothy Duff


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Intended for students with no previous knowledge of the Modern Greek language, this module enables students to acquire a basic understanding of the language and the ability to communicate in everyday situations about matters of most immediate personal relevance. It also provides students with some insights into aspects of society and everyday life in Greece and Cyprus. Support is given and adjustments are made for students with disabilities. 

Support is given and adjustments are made for students with disabilities. However, IWLP language modules are communicative in nature and students are required to work in small groups.  Also, students should be aware that spelling, grammar and sentence structure are assessed. In this respect the IWLP assessment is exempted from the University’s requirement to take specific learning difficulties into account when marking.  For languages where handwriting is assessed, computers are not allowed. For queries, contact


The module aims at providing students with:

- an introduction to the Modern Greek language with emphasis on its communicative use

- the ability to communicate in Modern Greek in everyday situations about matters of most

immediate personal relevance

- a competence in basic Modern Greek grammar and vocabulary in order to communicate at a

basic level in everyday situations

- some insights into aspects of society and everyday life in Greek-speaking contexts

Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of the module students will be able to:

- communicate in Modern Greek at a basic level about a selection of simple and predictable everyday topics;

- understand native-speakers of Modern Greek in frequently-occurring social functions and on topics related to areas of most immediate relevance;

- read simple written texts on familiar, everyday matters, that consist mainly of high frequency everyday language;

- write simple texts such as notes and messages rating to matters in areas of immediate need, or a letter describing personal habits and elementary experiences;

- recognise further aspects of basic Modern Greek grammar and to apply simple grammatical structures when speaking and writing about familiar, everyday matters;

- use a selection of basic Modern Greek vocabulary in order to understand speakers and texts and communicate at a basic level in everyday situations.

Additional outcomes:

- developed their ability to work in a team and to a deadline

- developed skills of self-study and application

- strengthened their communication skills in frequently-occurring social functions

- identified further aspects of society and every-day life in Greek-speaking countries

- deepened their intercultural awareness and sensitivity for a different culture

- developed their independent learning skills

Outline content:

The module will introduce and develop the language and communicative situations of selected areas relevant to visiting and living in Greece. Topics will include basic personal biography, forms of address, greeting, leave taking, expression of preferences, apology, gratitude, pleasure, regret, social arrangements, food, travel, accommodation, shopping, directions, common items of personal interest in past and future, etc. A solid linguistic foundation will be ensured by the study of grammar and vocabulary, always presented in context and in an accessible and engaging way.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as group work and role playing, and include the study of short texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media such as audio and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 27 30 3
Guided independent study 53 60 27
Total hours by term 80.00 90.00 30.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 40
Oral assessment and presentation 30
Class test administered by School 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Final Written exam (Reading and Writing) – 40% (2 hours)

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Number and length of assignments and in-class tests, and submission date for each assignment (expressed as a week of a specific Term):

Autumn Term Week 10– Foundation Test 15% (45 minutes)

Spring Week 11 - In class test – Listening test = 15% (40 minutes)

Summer Week 2 - Oral exam = 30% (10 minutes)

Formative assessment methods:

In order to consolidate and develop their language learning, students are encouraged to complete regular tasks – in class and outside – on which feedback is provided.

Penalties for late submission:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

40% overall for UG students, 50% overall for PGT students.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-sit in August/September examinations period on basis of examination only (relative percentages: oral examination 40%, written paper 60%.)

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 20 April 2018


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