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Modern Greek Courses

Modern Greek 1: GREEKM 0101 (4 credits)-offered every fall

This is an introduction to the Modern Greek Language that provides students with a solid foundation of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Greek, both through a sound understanding of the basic structures of the Greek language, as well as though the cultural context within which Greek is used. In class, emphasis is on oral communcation and the acquisition of fluency in speaking.

At the end of this course you should be able to :

  • Introuduce yourself and ask questions
  • Talk about your family, your studies, and your interests
  • Describe your daily schedule and habits
  • Tell time, know the price, and count the distance
  • Ask and provide directions in a treasure hunt
  • Read the menu and order an ice cream at your neighborhood cafe
  • Make the perfect cup of coffee
  • Sing in Greek!

Modern Greek 2: GREEKM 0102 (4 credits)-offered every spring

Building on skills acquired in Modern Greek 1, this course provides you with the tools to talk about your past experiences and make plans for the future. Through numerous group and individual activities, you will begin to build confidence in using a wider variety of sentence patterns and an expanded vocabulary.

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Shop at a farmer's market
  • Expand your wardrobe
  • Go house-hunting and describe your ideal home
  • Get to the bank and manage your account
  • Describe your experience from last year in Crete
  • Make travel arrangements, book a hotel, and describe your itinerary
  • Give commands and express your preferences and desires

Modern Greek 3: GREEKM 0103 (3 credits)–offered every fall

This is an exploration of Modern Greek at the intermediate level that builds on the skills acquired in first year Greek. Its aim is to help you develop further your linguistic competence, expand your vocabulary, discover your writer's voice, and develop your speaking skills.

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Talk about your New Year's resolutions
  • Discover the secret of writing recipes
  • Furnish your apartment and take care of its problems
  • Discuss challenges facing modern families
  • Talk about technology, your career, and your dreams
  • Interview your fellow students about issues of significance to them
  • Describe what you used to do in summers past
  • Complete this sentence: "If I were a bird, I would..."

Modern Greek 4: GREEKM 0104 (3 credits)-offered every spring

This course aims at further enhancing your conversational skills as well as improving your ability to narrate and express opinion. It also provides you with opportunities to grow as an independent reader and express yourself creatively in writing.

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Follow an author's short biography
  • Narrate a favorite myth
  • Engage with a historical narrative
  • Talk about social rituals
  • Debate contemporary issues
  • Develop as an independent reader
  • Participate in a wide range of conversations with confidence
  • Talk about yourself and your interests with relative fluency

Modern Greek 5: GREEKM 1901 (3 credits)-offered every fall

(Independent Study - please contact instructor for permission number)

Third-year Modern Greek builds on skills acquired in the first and second years of Greek. It is a thematic exploration of Greek culture at the advanced intermediate level. Through a combination of movies, songs, poems, and newspapers, it exposes students to aspects of traditional and pop Greek culture as well as to important current issues.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Talk about ecology and the environment
  • Know all there is to know about weddings
  • Discuss “rembetica” songs within their social context
  • Look for a job, write a CV, prepare for an interview
  • Understand the history of the Greek language

Modern Greek 6: GREEKM 1901 (3 credits)-offered every spring

(Independent Study - please contact instructor for permission number)

This course continues the thematic exploration of Greek culture at the advanced intermediate level. By the end of this year, you will be able to participate in most conversations employing common idomatic language and express your opinion and arguments with clarity and fluency.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Talk about the history of the Akropolis and the Olympic Games
  • Discuss the achievements of the Byzantine Empire
  • Employ useful banking and economic terminology
  • Understand the Greek political system and the language of the press
  • Engage with Modern Greek literature