LA1PK1N-IWLP Modern Greek 1 non-credit

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Dimitra Tzanidaki


Summary module description:

Intended for students with no previous knowledge of the Greek, 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. 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 Greek language with emphasis on its communicative use
-the ability to communicate in Greek in everyday situations about matters of most immediate personal relevance
-a competence in basic 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 Greek at a basic level about a selection of simple and predictable everyday topics;
-understand native-speakers of 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 Greek grammar and to apply simple grammatical structures when speaking and writing about familiar, everyday matters;
-use a selection of basic 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, accomodation, shopping, directions, common items of personal interest in past and future, etc. A solid linguistic foundation will continue to be ensured by the study of grammar and vocabulary, always presented in context and in an accessible and engaging way.

Recommended textbook: Arvanitaki Epikoinoniste Ellinika, Communicate in Greek 1, Deltos eds.
ISBN-10: 9608464137

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 36 40 4
Guided independent study 44 50 26
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

Other information on summative assessment:

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:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.

“The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with University policy:
• where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that 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:”
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:
A two-hour paper.

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: 31 March 2017

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