Modern Greek Language & Culture

This course is an introduction to Greek for any student wishing to learn the language for business, travel or everyday use with no prior knowledge of Greek required. Students will develop basic skills to use in conversation, reading, listening and writing. This course aims to build general basic comprehension and communication skills in beginners Greek. The course will explore the Greek culture to provide a context for the students who wish to travel to Greece. Short videos will be shown to supplement the written material.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.

TEXTBOOK

  • Aristarhos Matsukas, Teach Yourself Beginner's Greek (material to be supplied)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction to the Greek alphabet, Greetings and basic conversation (introducing yourself), Greek words that you already know, Asking about languages you speak, Countries and cities, Numbers 1-20, Greek culture and identity components (Ancient Greek, Byzantine, external influences)
  • Jobs and professions, Numbers 21-100, Talking about your home, Singular and plural nouns, Greek first names and diminutives, Greek mannerism and hand gestures
  • Talking about family, Age, Days of the week, Months of the year, Numbers 100+, Greek political context: understanding the Greek mind set, Welcoming people / Responding to welcoming, Asking or offering refreshments
  • Agreeing/disagreeing, Liking/disliking, Colours, Use of adjectives, Sample Greek newspapers, How do you spend the day?, Talking about daily routines, Daily life in Greece, Adverbs
  • Talking about hobbies, Asking directions, Greek music and literature, Points of interest for visitors (i.e., historical sites, churches and monasteries)

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify Greek letters and reproduce them
  2. Speak clearly and be understood in basic Greek in particular to talk about themselves and exchange basic with others.
  3. Learn basic grammatical rules of the Greek language.
  4. Understand Greek culture.

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