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GRK 112 (01): Greek For Beginners I
John Porter, instructor

Term 1
MTWRF: 11:30-12:20
Room: AGRI 1E79

Nature of the Course

[Additional Note (July 22nd): the course PAWS page is now up and running. Those registered in the course should consult the "Announcements" section and look at the material in the "Getting Started" folder (under "Course Materials."]
This is a grueling class: we meet five days a week and there is a significant amount of homework every night: new forms and vocabulary to learn, new exercises and readings, new grammatical constructions to master, and all of the earlier material to review. On top of all of that, there is a daunting conceptual element to the course: one doesn't learn to read ancient Greek without learning to think about language with a good deal of rigor and precision. It is relentless.
The goal is to give students the skills that will allow them to begin to read actual classical texts by the fourth term (GRK 203). Along the way, you will learn a great deal about how English works, and will discover that your ability to read, write, and analyze both written and spoken English will be altogether transformed. You will also, of necessity, learn a great deal about how to study efficiently, methods of memorization, and time-management.
But none of this comes without a significant investment. If learning Greek is only a casual interest, or if you have a lot of other things on your plate in the coming year, this is not the course for you.
Those interested in taking the class are encouraged to get a head-start over the Summer. If you are in Saskatoon, feel free to contact me about getting together to chat about Greek. In any case, get a copy of the textbook (below) and begin to work on learning the Greek alphabet and the conventional system of pronunciation used in North American institutions. I've provided some links to assist you below.
Note: I would not purchase a copy of the workbook until we actually begin the course.

Purpose of the Course

An introduction to the fundamentals of ancient Attic Greek, as written and spoken in Athens during the fifth and fourth centuries BC. Focus on: basic forms of nouns, verbs, and adjectives; vocabulary; rudimentary syntax; translation of simplified prose texts.

Required Texts

Particularly recommended:   Flashcard templates for Athenaze
It would also be useful for students to have access to a Unicode Greek font for use on their own computers. (On occasion, such a font will be necessary to access the various on-line resources that are available from other institutions.) See in particular the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) website.


In addition to quizzes (both announced and unannounced) and written assignments, there will be two midterm exams and a final exam. While the quizzes will test the students' mastery of particular items, the midterm and final exams will be cumulative. The calculation of the final mark will be based on the following percentages: Pop Quizzes: Any pop quizzes will be worth 1 point each and will be marked on a pass/fail basis (pass = 80%). They will be factored in as part of the mark for the final exam.

On-Campus Assistance for Students:

If you have a diagnosed disability (learning, medical, physical, or mental health), you are strongly encouraged to register with Disability Services for Students (DSS). In order to access DSS programs and supports, you must follow DSS policy and procedures.

Those with more general concerns should consult Student Learning Services:

Important Notice

Attendance is mandatory: no student with 15 or more unexcused absences will receive a mark of higher than 49% for the course.

Late work will not be accepted.

Unless specific written instructions are provided to the contrary, no outside resources will be permitted in any course examinations.

Lectures may not be recorded without the prior consent of the instructor.

Unless otherwise indicated, course material is to be regarded as the copyrighted property of the instructor and is not to be reproduced or distributed in any form without express written consent.

UofS Academic Courses Policy on Class Delivery, Examinations, and Assessment of Student Learning

Resources on the WWW

Useful Resources for Students of Classics/CMRS

Ariadne: Resources for Athenaze (2nd ed.)

Ancient Greek Tutorials (Berkeley)

Athenaze OUP Website

Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature (SORGLL): Pronunciation Guide

Classical Language Instruction Project (Princeton)

Athenaze Greek Exercises (2nd ed.) (University of Victoria)

Athenaze (2nd ed.) (Marquette Greek Club)

Linguistics Research Center (University of Texas at Austin)

The Perseus Project

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