Fall 2019 - GRK 291 D100

Modern Greek Intermediate Level I (3)

Class Number: 10643

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Oct 17, 2019
    10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 3148.1, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    GRK 192 or equivalent.



This course will continue developing students’ Greek language skills so that they can communicate in situations that extend beyond the basic level. The course will cover various intermediate-level grammatical structures, including the mediopassive voice for verbs, irregular classes of nouns, and the structure of subordinate sentences. Students will also receive training in speaking, reading and writing. Students with credit for GRK 210 or LANG 210 may not take this course for further credit.


The aim of this course is to develop students' Greek language skills so that they communicate in situations that extend beyond the basic level. Each Unit includes four sections: Texts (with content relating to contemporary life in the city, culture, entertainment, travel, employment, simple newspaper article), Vocabulary (highlighting a range of useful expressions and words students can use  in different occasions), Grammar (the mediopassive voice for verbs, irregular classes of nouns, and the structure of subordinate sentences, with examples and opportunities for practice) and Culture (references to music, art, monuments, mythology, cultural life in the city) offering opportunities to students for practising their skills (spoken interaction and production, writing). There is no textbook for this course. All materials students will need for learning Greek are available through 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 292, will cover level A2, enabling students to take the equivalent formal exam and potentially acquiring a language certificate in Greek. Students should expect to dedicate approximately 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.

Prerequisite: GRK 192 or equivalent, determined by an-in person language placement test. Please contact the instructor for arrangements.


  • Weekly Assignments (Weeks 1-12) 20%
  • Supervised In-Class Midterm Examination (Week 7) 35%
  • Supervised In-Class Final Examination 45%


Exam Policies All exams will take place in computer labs, under supervision (Burnaby Campus). Students are not allowed to use any notes, materials or electronic devices while taking exams. It is the student’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with SFU’s Academic Honesty and Student Conduct Policies (listed below).  

University Policies on Academic Honesty and Resources According to SFU’s Student Academic Integrity Policy: “Academic integrity is a cornerstone of the development and acquisition of knowledge, and a commitment to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage.  Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation, or deception – acts which violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others. The terms “academic integrity” and “academic honesty” are used interchangeably in this policy. […] Each student is responsible for their own conduct as it affects the University community.” For more, see: https://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html  

Students should make sure to visit the following links, in order to familiarize themselves with University policies and academic standards, practices: http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity/students.html



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

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html