London Classics Summer School: Greek and Latin

  • 32 contact hours
  • 8 days, over 2 weeks


The London Classics Summer School offers you 8 days of intensive teaching in Greek or Latin, at all levels.

Beginners’ classes in Coptic and New Testament/Koine Greek, as well as beginners' and intermediate classes in Biblical Hebrew will also be available, subject to demand.

The summer school caters for school and university students, and for anyone else who wants to learn Greek or Latin, or revive their knowledge of these languages.  

You'll undertake a thorough programme of language learning in a lively university environment in central London, taught by highly experienced tutors.

The summer school is jointly organised by the Department of Classics at King's College London and the Department of Greek and Latin at UCL.

Course content

All classes are language based. Some classes concentrate mainly on reading texts, while others offer a mixture of grammar and translation practice. The precise content of each class is defined by individual tutors, depending on the needs of the class.

Depending on your level, and your chosen language, the aims of the course are to:

  • introduce you to the vocabulary and grammar of your chosen language
  • help you read simple texts and/or original texts
  • help you brush up your language skills
  • advance your knowledge in preparation for undergraduate or postgraduate study (if appropriate)
  • help you acquire an ancient language

Who this course is for

This short course is suitable for:

  • learners with no prior knowledge of the languages
  • pre-GCSE level students
  • GCSE and A-level students
  • university students (UCL and elsewhere)
  • mature learners who wish to expand their linguistic knowledge

Anyone over the age of 14 can apply.

Course structure and teaching

The summer school takes place over 8 days. There's no teaching over the weekend.

You'll have 4 hours of teaching per day, focusing on grammar, syntax and translation techniques.

There may also be optional lectures on selected afternoons.

Assessment and certificates

There's no formal assessment. You'll be issued with a certificate of attendance on completing the course.

Learning outcomes

Depending on your chosen language, and level, you'll be able to:

  • understand the grammar and syntax of Greek or Latin
  • read texts in the original language (adapted or unadapted, depending on level)
  • gain a better awareness of the inner workings of Greek and Latin and use this to approach real texts
  • be introduced to Coptic and Hebrew and read simple texts in these languages

Further information

Further information and updates are available on the websites of:

Course team

Dr Dimitra Kokkini

Dimitra is an Honorary Research Fellow at UCL's Department of Greek and Latin. She was Director of the London Classics Summer School 2015 and 2017, and has taught on the summer school since 2007. She's also taught at other institutions including King's College London, Royal Holloway, Birkbeck and the University of Kent. She's an alumna of the UCL Department of Greek and Latin, where she completed a PhD in Ancient Greek Literature.

Course information last modified: 08 Jul 2019, 10:53