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Ancient Greek Words in Contemporary English Language

Course Description

Discover the link between galactic and lactose and why wedding and monogamy do not sound similar even if related. Taught by a classicist, this course is a journey through the Ancient Greek origin of some very common English words and expressions. The course will help you improve your writing skills through knowledge of Greek derivatives, while discovering curiosities about the English vocabulary.

Location: Online Course

Course Requirements

This is an introductory course and does not assume any previous knowledge of Greek. This course would benefit anyone interested in language structure, English grammar, and linguistics. It would also assist students studying disciplines like law, science, theology, and medicine which have a strong tradition in Greek and still utilize its vocabulary extensively.

Course Content

You will be introduced to the historical background that led Greek words into English vocabulary. You will read Greek words in transliteration and translate short Greek expressions in contemporary usage. You will acquire a small vocabulary of Greek words that are already part of your daily life. You will develop an understanding of how modern English vocabulary incorporates and reflects Greek roots. You will gain an appreciation of Greeks wide-reaching historical and cultural impact and consider how different languages lead people to express ideas in different ways. You will develop strategies for language acquisition, while considering the relationship between Greek and English.

Teaching and Learning Methods

In this course you will be actively learning Greek words through a variety of interactive classroom activities, in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. You will work in pairs/small groups to practise memory techniques, with worksheets and activities to develop your reading and writing. Learning will be enriched using audio-visual aids, online interactive resources, and board games.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will outline the learning objectives for the course. You will also be invited to set your own goals. You will receive feedback against the achievement of these outcomes during the course from your tutor and in written form at the end of the course. There is no formal qualification attached to this course, but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

On completion of this course, you can enrol on another course in the Languages or Humanities department. If the course meets the interest of learners, the College will offer a Beginner Ancient Greek course.Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

This course is not eligible for Additional Learning Support (ALS), however teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs.??Reasonable adjustments including assistive equipment and also access support can be made available through our Disability Officer.? Digital learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.?

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for some course fees. You may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
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