Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students learn to identify the characteristics of phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon which distinguish informal, colloquial and non-standard varieties of Modern Greek from the formal standard language. Differences between spoken and written forms, informal and formal style/registers, and regional/social dialects are studied and practised with specific reference to Modern Greek.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMaria Herodotou

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites GST4008 or equivalent/coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjects GST3ADA, GST1AD5, GST2AD5, GST3AD5

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Third year core subject for entry point 2 students in the greek major in the ABA.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsGreek, a comprehensive grammar of the modern languagePrescribedHolton, D., Mackridge, P. and Philippaki-Warburton, I.ROUTLEDGE 1997.
ReadingsI glossa ton idiotismon ke ton ekfraseonPrescribedDemiri-Prodromidou, E. et al.UNIVERSITY STUDIO PRESS THESSALONIKI 1990.
ReadingsOxford English-Greek learner's dictionaryPrescribedStavropoulos, D. and Hornby, A.OUP 1982.
ReadingsOxford Greek-English learner's dictionaryPrescribedStavropoulos, D.OUP 1988.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Ability to communicate in written Greek at the threshold of language professionalism; ability to discriminate in writing between varieties of discourse and communicative situations; ability to report on educational issues/practices and summarise.

Regular language assignments including online quizzes. A medium length essay using the Harvard referencing system and a written test.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

02. Ability to express themselves fluently and spontaneously; to formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate these to the contribution of other students; to present a viewpoint on a topical issue; to narrate the plot of a book or film and analyse its content orally.

Active participation in class discussions. Oral presentation on a give topic. Oral/aural tests.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMaria Herodotou

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one oral-aural test (800-word equivalent)20 02, 01
one project (800-word equivalent)20 01, 02
one written test (1,200-word equivalent)30 02, 01
regular assignments (1,200-word equivalent)30 01, 02