COURSES OFFERED

Beginners  - for those with no experience of Greek at all, beyond recognising the alphabet.

Intermediate - for those not yet at GCSE standard who are unable to tackle unadapted Greek

Advanced - for those of GCSE standard or beyond, who are already reading Ancient Greek texts in the original.

Typically, we have about 80 Beginners, 65 Intermediates and 190 Advanced students.

Whatever your level and prior experience, there will be other students in a similar position to yourself.

Students are placed in teaching groups of 7-10, with other of the same standard as far as possible. The tutors are experienced teachers drawn from schools and universities.

Beginners will use the JACT course Reading Greek. They will be able to buy this at a reduced rate to keep. To get full benefit from such an intensive course, the work must be consolidated not too long afterwards. Before the fortnight ends, all beginners will have read some original Greek, probably including some Homer and an extract of Greek Tragedy.

  • Teachers' beginners course: ​from 2017​ ​we will also be offering a beginners course for current or aspiring teachers who wish to begin learning Ancient Greek in order to be able to offer it in their own schools. This group will use Taylor's ​Greek to GCSE: Part One​ and the course will also include discussion about delivering Greek within schools (teaching priorities, useful resources, links with Latin, etc.). Potential applicants in this category should email the Director of Studies (jactgreekdos@gmail.com) or the Course Secretary (jactgreek@aol.com) to discuss their individual circumstances and aims.

Intermediate groups: There will be several levels between Beginners and GCSE standard. Groups will start at various points inReading Greek or Taylor’s Greek to GCSE course to consolidate their linguistic knowledge, and will go on to the next texts of the course (World of Heroes or Intellectual Revolution) or to other texts supplied from the Summer School stock; starting point, progress and finishing point may vary considerably in these groups, but some substantial passages of original Greek should be read in all of them.

Advanced groups will normally aim to read three texts: a book of Homer, a tragedy and a prose book. The texts will be chosen by the group’s tutor to avoid both what students have already read and their A-level set texts. The main aim in reading these texts is to build up the students’ fluency and linguistic self-confidence. Some consolidation of grammar may be thought appropriate. While critical appreciation of the texts will play a part, it will not take precedence over the linguistic priorities which the course exists to promote. This provides a very different experience to the intensive study of set texts that most students are familiar with from their schools - please be prepared for this. Historical, cultural, aesthetic and philosophical exploration is amply on offer in the series of lectures and seminars.

Intermediate and Advanced students will also have the opportunity, if they wish, to take part in a rehearsed reading or performance of a Greek Tragedy (in Greek) at the end of the course in the open-air theatre.