Department of Classics at UC Berkeley

2020 Intensive Greek Workshop

Greek Vase

SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to maintain the safety of our students and instructors, this summer's Greek Workshop will be conducted remotely. The start/end dates, content, and pace of the course will remain the same. Our instructors are dedicated to maintaining the rigor, engagement, and enjoyment of this course as we take it online. If you have any questions, please email the director, Christopher Jelen, at

Below is a description of the updated remote format.

Part 1 Schedule:

1. Synchronous Daily Discussion Sections

Students will break into two groups, one with each instructor. One of these sections will meet from 9-10am and the other from 1-2pm (both Pacific Time) in order to accommodate students in different time zones. Students will go over the homework assignments with their instructors and participate in other activities/drills as time permits. These sections will be conducted through a combination of large group work and smaller “breakout” sessions, both via Zoom, and they will last for approximately an hour.

2. Daily Drills/Activities

Students will be assigned guided and trackable individual work. These assignments will vary, but they will usually focus on the memorization and reinforcement of vocabulary and morphology. These will be conducted either through assignments on bCourses or pre-made card sets on Quizlet. However, we will vary these assignments with other creative or collaborative activities. In most cases students will be able to complete these activities either before or after their discussion section.

3. Daily Quizzes

The daily quizzes will be taken on bCourses. They will focus on translation, reading comprehension, and the identification of syntax and morphology in context. These quizzes are written in such a way as to remain open book while still reliably evaluating student progress. However, they will have a time limit in order to disincentivize an over-reliance on the textbook. These should be completed after the daily discussion section and asynchronous drills/activities.

4. Exams

The exams will also be administered on bCourses, and they are also written to be open book with a time limit. On exam days we will not hold the synchronous discussion section, the daily drills/activities, or the daily quiz. Instead students will have a window within which they much complete the exam. There will be three unit exams, one every week and a half, as well as a midterm exam at the end of Part 1.

5. Asynchronous Daily Grammar Lectures

The grammar lectures will be recorded in advance by the director in 10- to 15-minute segments following the sections in Hansen & Quinn. Each day there will be a set of video lectures for each student to watch after the daily quiz and before the synchronous grammar reinforcement. These lectures will include explanations for new grammar and vocabulary, as well as example sentences and guided drills.

6. Synchronous Daily Grammar Reinforcement

From 4-5pm (Pacific Time) the director will hold a synchronous grammar reinforcement/Q&A on Zoom in order to answer questions and provide additional reinforcement regarding that day's new points of grammar. This session will include all workshop students, and it will last approximately one hour.

7. Daily Homework

Each week students will receive a schedule detailing that week's homework assignments. Students will submit their homework every day by uploading scans or images to the bCourses page. The homework will be receive points for completion, but the instructors will provide written feedback on assignments on a rotating basis. Students and instructors will go over most of the homework in the synchronous discussion sections. The nightly homework and studying will likely take in total approximately 3 hours outside of class, though the exact amount will vary person to person. If you find yourself taking significantly longer than that, please let me know so we can strategize ways to streamline your studying. I would recommend dividing your out-of-class study time among the various components of the class (unit readings, vocabulary, morphology, translation) so as to avoid over-emphasizing one aspect and neglecting another.

*Note Regarding bCourses and Daily Modules:

All necessary information regarding each component of our course (Zoom links, homework assignments, grammar lectures, quizzes, exams, etc.) will all be outlined via daily course modules set up on bCourses. These will be listed sequentially, and each component will include any relevant due dates or accessible time frames.

Part 2 will be conducted through synchronous classroom work. Students will request one of two prose sections and one of two poetry sections. These reading sections will be spread out across the day so as to maximize accessibility for students in different time zones. We will finalize the exact scheduling of these sections, as well as the discussion sections of Part 1, after polling enrolled students for their time zones and determining the optimal schedule.