Spring 2021 - GRK 191 D900

Modern Greek for Beginners Level I (3)

Class Number: 6403

Delivery Method: In Person


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    Apr 28, 2021
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM



Basic online introduction to the Greek language for students with no prior experience in studying it. Introduces basic grammar and students will develop their ability to interact in basic communicative events. Writing, speaking, and the cultural context of the language are also covered. Students with credit for GRK 110 or LANG 110 may not take this course for further credit.


PLEASE NOTE: Course delivery is online/remote (asynchronous). Office hours held weekly could include opportunities for practice; it will be determined at the beginning of the term, after consultation with students. 

This course is a basic introduction to Modern Greek language for students with no prior experience with the language. Students will be introduced to basic grammatical structures and will develop their ability to interact in basic communicative events. Students will acquire core skills in writing, speaking (spoken interaction, production) and understanding (listening and reading) Greek. There is no textbook for this course. Other than this introduction, all the materials students will need for learning the language are available through Canvas and the online platform Odysseas. The course curriculum and standards for language proficiency are based on the internationally recognized Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR), created by the Language Policy Programme of the Council of Europe. CEFR has set six competence levels for European languages such as Greek, starting with A1 for beginners. This course, together with GRK 192, will cover level A1. Students should expect to dedicate approximately six to eight hours to the course, on a weekly basis, in order to familiarize themselves with the material and to complete online assignments. The course relies on self-regulated learning, granting students flexibility in acquiring competence-based skills in the Greek language, with the ongoing guidance and support of their Tutor-Marker (TM). Material for each Unit/Module will be made available every Sunday evening/Monday morning. Students should make sure they complete all assignments by the end of the week (Sunday afternoon, the latest), in order to be able to move on to the next Module.


  • Homework Assignments 25%
  • Supervised Midterm 20%
  • Oral Component 15%
  • Term Project 15%
  • Supervised Final 25%



Delivery of this course will take place online; there are no texts required.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).