Course Title: Greek 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Greek 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr Kerry Mullan

Course Coordinator Phone: (+61 3) 9925 2264

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.27A

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

For students who have not studied Greek before. No pre-requisite courses.

Course Description

This course is the first of six consecutive courses in Greek offered at RMIT University and is for beginners only.
This course will introduce you to the Greek language, with the main focus on the development of your speaking, listening, pronunciation, reading and writing skills. It will provide you with opportunities to apply the language in a variety of situations, such as exchanging personal information, talking about your family and friends, and acquiring some basic grammar and vocabulary.
You will also explore aspects of Greek culture and society, and the relationship between culture and language. The course will equip you with some basic knowledge for cross-cultural situations with Greek speakers. This beginner course will provide the building blocks for future studies in Greek, and provide you with some tools for independent learning.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Communicate in both oral and written Greek in a limited range of social contexts, including greetings, introductions, simple instructions, and be able to describe people and places
• Read, interpret and comprehend simple authentic spoken, written and multimedia Greek materials
• Evaluate language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills, and demonstrate independent learning
• Identify and discuss aspects of Greek culture and the relationship between culture and language
• Describe your own cultural values and norms, and make comparison to Greek culture, beginning to reflect on and develop your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges
If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to demonstrate higher capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the relationships between culture and language, and cross-cultural communication.

Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
• Communicate effectively in Greek in a range of forms and in different international and cross-cultural contexts, using appropriate modes of communication including electronic, written, graphic, oral and aural forms
• Reflect on the role of culture in communication, and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions
• Access and critically examine a range of resources (including text and electronic) to further your learning in Greek
• Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages and cross-cultural communication 

Overview of Learning Activities

Classes are conducted in a tutorial-seminar type format. Students will have ample opportunities to work in pairs or small groups on topics assigned by lecture. Student centred approach will apply. Tutorials are structured but emphasis is placed on communicative methods. Presentations, discussions and debate on current affairs are important components of the subject. Students will work independently and in teams to carry out research and presentation tasks. Videos and tapes are integrated with teaching.

Cultural understanding is used to further enhance the ideas of language and behaviour and their interrelationship as expressed in the aims of the subject. It is not introduced in isolation, but linked with language and language behaviour, which are demonstrated and/or discussed by students in context. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose students to potential difficulties, which will arise in cross-cultural communication. Class exercises and readings relating to social and culture issues will be introduced.

Overview of Learning Resources

You may need to purchase a prescribed text and a recommended language dictionary. Multimedia teaching and learning resources and tools will also be used, and made available through MyRMIT Studies.

Overview of Assessment

You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester to demonstrate how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and capabilities. Assessment tasks may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks (for example, in-class tests, essays, class presentations, group projects, debates, learning diaries, final exams etc).

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks.

Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional or expanded or expanded assessment task.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: Assessment and assessment flexibility policy

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers: Student Responsibilities Statement

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact your Program Director or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.