CL3GPC-Greek Prose Composition

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: Students must either be taking Ancient Greek 3 at the same time as this module, or have already completed Ancient Greek 3 or equivalent. There are no co-requisites, but students who take this module alongside another Ancient Greek module will find that it makes a good combination.
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Timothy Duff

Email: t.e.duff@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module provides students with instruction and practice in translating from English into Ancient Greek. Greek prose composition, once regarded as an essential exercise for anyone learning Ancient Greek, is one of the best ways of gaining a deeper familiarity with the syntax and structures of the languages and converting a passive knowledge into an active one.

Aims:
This module aims to extend students’ active knowledge of Ancient Greek through the study of translation from English to Ancient Greek.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students will be able to
– translate sentences and short passages from English into Ancient Greek
– appreciate the structures and idioms of the language.

Additional outcomes:
This module encourages the development of independent study skills and gives students a deeper insight into their own language. It also encourages abilities in oral discussion and in self-critique.

Outline content:
The class will meet for two hours per week for one term. After an initial introductory meeting, classes will usually consist of discussion of the translation into Ancient Greek of a short set of sentences or a short passage which students prepare and submit in advance of the class. Grammar and syntax will be treated systematically, but emphasis will also be given to students’ gaining the facility to write idiomatic Greek.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Twice-weekly meeting to guide independent study.

Summative assessment will consist of the submission of the translation of two set passages, which the students complete with the aid of dictionaries, grammar books etc:

1. By the end of the eighth week of the Spring term (34%)
2. By the end of the third week of the Summer term (66%)



Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 20
Guided independent study 180
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Summative assessment will consist of the submission of the translation of two set passages, which the students complete with the aid of dictionaries, grammar books etc:

1. By the end of the eighth week of the Spring term (34%)
2. By the end of the third week of the Summer term (66%)

Formative assessment methods:
Frequent submission of translations which are completed by students outside of class, with free use of dictionaries, grammar books, etc. Class discussion is based on the passage or sentences set and attention is given to the difficulties or successes encountered by students.

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
• where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
• where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    n/a

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission in August

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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