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Greek for Beginners I

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This course is aimed at absolute beginners and will introduce students to the Greek language and culture.

Students will learn the basics of Greek grammar and how to read Greek competently. We will practise basic conversation and language structures.

The following topics will be covered:

  • greetings
  • nationalities
  • drinks and food
  • occupations
  • asking questions
  • likes and dislikes
  • directions
  • time, days of the week, season.


  • the alphabet
  • definite/indefinite article
  • present tense (to be; three out of four verb categories)
  • basic use of the cases in Greek nouns, adjectives
  • pronouns, personal pronouns, possessive pronouns
  • numbers
  • question particles
  • endings of nouns (masculine, feminine, neuter).

This course is for students who are absolute beginners of Greek, who wish to be able to hold very basic conversation when travelling to Greece.

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Learning and teaching

The emphasis of the course is on participation and students are encouraged to actively participate in class through various non-threatening forms of activities designed to stimulate communication.

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

You will not have formal examinations but you may have reading and listening class tests. You may be asked to write short texts as homework. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student. The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning.

Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

The textbook is: Epikoinoniste Ellinika: Communicate in Greek: 1 by Kleanthis Arvanitakis, Athena: Deltos, 2007.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.