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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Spring 2004

GK 503 • First Year Modern Greek II: Grammar/Reading

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
28625 MTWThF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
WAG 308
Shelton

Course Description

This is the second of a sequence of four courses. When taken in the appropriate number of semesters, Modern Greek satisfies the language requirements of all colleges of the University. Modern Greek is the language of Greece, the major language of the Republic of Cyprus, and of emigrant Greeks in this country and throughout the world. The language is evolved from ancient Greek, but is sufficiently different in grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation to require separate study. The aim of GK 503, as a sequel to GK 502, is to continue to expand a beginner’s ability to read, speak, and understand the language. The class will build on grammatical skills and vocabulary through writing, conversation and textual comprehension. GK503 would be of special interest and value to a variety of students: those of Greek ancestry, who may want to revive something of their background or who seek to improve on informal learning of the rudiments of the language; those who are considering touring Greece; those who seek to use Modern Greek as a bridge to the study of New Testament or ecclesiastical Greek; classics students who want to develop an understanding of the history of the language; students interested in archaeology, art history, or anthropology, especially those who contemplate field work in Greece or Cyprus; and students of modern and contemporary European history, culture and literature [Kazantzakis (Zorba the Greek), Vassilikos (Z), Cavafy (poems "Waiting for the Barbarians," "Ithaca"), and Seferis (Nobel prize in poetry)].

Texts

Epikoinoneste ellinika (Communicate in Greek) Vol. 2, Arvanitakis, 2003 edition (Textbook, Exercise Books (a+b) and Tape) 2 Greek Easy Readers: Poios einai o A.M. and Enan Avgousto stis Spetses. Recommended supplements: Pring, The Pocket Oxford Greek Dictionary, 2000 Christides, 201 Modern Greek Verbs,1980

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