Resources

Ancient Greek at Key Stage Three

Historically, the range of resources available for learning Greek at Key Stage 3 has been fairly limited. However, through our Electra Programme, we are working to collate existing resources and develop new materials to make the study of Greek at KS3 more accessible.

RESOURCES

Mega Greek: This 10 week course, comprising both language and cultural components, can be used effectively as a resource for an extra-curricular Greek club for Year 7 students. The stand-alone taster units introduce students to different aspects of Greek culture and could also be incorporated into other curriculum areas. This course is designed to be taught by incumbent school staff following one day’s training, with all plans and materials available online here. For further information, contact Charlie@classicsforall.org.uk

Basil Batrakhos: Classics for All is currently working to develop a new Greek course for students aged 9-13. This course follows Basil the Frog as he attempts to decode a secret letter written in Greek. Further information about this course will follow soon.

Telling Tales in Greek: Narrated by the wily Greek hero Odysseus, this beautifully illustrated new Greek course written by Lorna Robinson takes the reader on a journey through some of the most wonderful tales from the Iliad and the Odyssey. Along the way, readers pick up the Greek alphabet, words and grammar and are encouraged to explore the connections between Greek and English. Each chapter ends with suggestions for activities, as well as ways in which the story can be explored from literary and creative perspectives. The book is available to purchase here.

Introducing GCSE Greek: This downloadable PDF resource is modelled on the content of the first three chapters of John Taylor’s ‘Greek to GCSE Book 1’. Explanations and exercises covering basic grammar and syntax are complemented by interesting cultural and etymological information. There are also lots of continuous passages of Greek for students to translate. This resource provides an excellent and cost-effective introduction to Greek for those who are interested in continuing their studies to GCSE level. If you would like a free PDF copy, please email hannah@classicsforall.org.uk. Many thanks to Benjamin Baulf at King’s College Wimbledon for generously sharing this resource.

Streamlined Greek: Written originally for the prep school Greek sector, this resource provides a clear introduction to the grammar and syntax of Ancient Greek and offers a fast-track approach to GCSE for young beginner. The accompanying answer book means that students could use this course effectively for independent study or revision purposes. If you would like a free PDF copy, please email hannah@classicsforall.org.uk. Many thanks to Bob Bass for generously sharing this resource.

CERTIFICATES AND ASSESSMENTS

EMACT Greek certificate: The East Midlands Association of Classical Teachers (EMACT) offers a certificate system for the introduction of ancient Greek via a series of graded test booklets.

  • Level 1E (Entry)* This is designed to be taught by non-specialists and is meant for time-strapped groups. Students work with the Greek alphabet in reading and writing Greek words and are encouraged to explore the Greek roots of English words. Roughly 2 hours of tuition would be needed for a student to pass this level. A supporting workbook for students can be found
  • Level 1S (Specialist)* This level builds upon the etymology work introduced in 1E but also introduces students to some basic Greek grammar and syntax. Full syllabus details can be found here. For those studying Greek on an extra-curricular basis, this level may take up to one year to complete.

Information about Levels 2S and 3S, along with all specification resources and information about the administration and assessment of tests can be found on the EMACT website.

*N.B Classics for All is currently collaborating with EMACT to update the format of the syllabus materials. Updated materials will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Euroclassica: Each year Euroclassica (the federation of European associations of Classics teachers) offers entry-level tests (Vestibulum): ELEX for Latin and EGEX for Classical Greek.  The tests are taken all over Europe in many different countries at about the same time, and successful candidates receive the same European certificate. The Vestibulum EGEX test is aimed at beginners who have studied Greek for approximately 100-120 hours. The tests last forty minutes and can be taken at any time that a student is ready. The papers are marked by the class teacher and the results are then forwarded to Euroclassica which provides a gold, silver or bronze certificate as appropriate.  There is no charge. For examples of past papers, further information and this year’s tests, please contact John Bulwer (President of Euroclassica) johnbulwer3@gmail.com. Schools wishing to enter pupils for the tests should contact James Watson (watson.jm@btinternet.com) for further advice and information.