LA1PK2N-IWLP Modern Greek 2 (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: Prof Timothy Duff


Summary module description:

This module aims to build on the basic knowledge of Modern Greek which students already possess having completed Stage 1. It will provide them with a more thorough understanding of the grammatical structures of Modern Greek, and allow them to communicate at a higher level. It also provides students with further and deeper insights into aspects of society and everyday life in Greece.

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 queries, contact


The module aims at providing students with:

  • a basic understanding of the Modern Greek language with emphasis on its communicative use;

  • the ability to communicate in Modern Greek in everyday situations about matters of immediate personal relevance;

  • a competence in intermediate Modern Greek grammar and vocabulary to enable students to communicate with some ease in everyday situations;

  • further insights into aspects of society and everyday life in Greek-speaking contexts.

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • communicate in Modern Greek in most situations likely to arise when travelling in an area where the language is spoken and on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life;

  • understand the main points of clear standard speech of native-speakers of Greek in frequently-occurring social functions and on familiar matters regularly encountered in school, work, leisure and radio or TV programs delivered relatively slowly;

  • read written texts on everyday affairs that consist mainly of high frequency everyday- or job-related language and understand the description of events, feelings, wishes and opinions in personal letters;

  • write connected texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest;

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

  • connect spoken phrases to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Additional outcomes:

At the end of the course students will have:

  • 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 develop the language and communicative situations of selected areas relevant to visiting and living in Greece. Topics will include personal biography, extended family, home routines (e.g. cooking, decorating and furnishing, shopping, etc.), travel and transport, going out, common items of personal hygiene and health, some TV, radio and other media current affairs, social arrangements, narratives of personal interest in past and future, common application forms, the expression of orders, instructions, advice, invitations (making/accepting/refusing), opinions, feelings, permissions, suggestions, the delivery of information on past and future actions, job-related issues, some use of conditional and modal phrases. A solid linguistic foundation will continue to be enriched 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 and smartboard. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 27 30 6
Guided independent study 53 60 24
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:

Work which provides opportunities to improve performance (e.g. through feedback provided) but which does not contribute towards the overall module mark:

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

Penalties for late submission:

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):

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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