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Modern Greek / Year 5 and 6 / Understanding / Language variation and change

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Curriculum content descriptions

Explore the influence of Greek on the English language, such as morphemes in medical/scientific fields and in everyday language, such as school subjects and occupations, and how Greek has been influenced by the impact of new technology and knowledge

[Key concepts: language contact, word borrowing; Key processes: observing, identifying]

 (ACLMGU152)

Elaborations
  • recognising Greek morphemes (prefixes, suffixes and base words) in English, to explain spelling patterns in English, and to help work out meanings of unknown words, for example, anti-, astro-, auto-, bio-, deca-, demo-, geo-, -gram-, -graph-, hyper-, hypo-, -ic, -ism, -itis, kilo-, -logue, macro-, mega-, -meter, micro-, mono-, -morph-, neo-, octo-, -ology, pent-, -peri-, -phil-, -phobia, photo-, -poly-, psych-, -scope, tech-, tele-, -therm-, tri-
  • understanding that words derived from Ancient Greek are still being used today to create new words such as names of new technological/scientific discoveries for example, disc, giga-, mega-, metro
  • identifying familiar words in Greek and recognising their English equivalents, for example, το τηλέφωνο, η φωτογραφία, ο ποδίατρος, το δράμα, το θέατρο
  • using knowledge of familiar patterns and structures to decode and interpret meaning, for example, the Greek prefix ‘a-‘ in words can make the opposite meaning (ψητό – άψητο, symmetrical – asymmetrical)
  • understanding that English words are used in Modern Greek, but that Greek equivalents to these terms often also exist, for example, το κομπιούτερ-ο υπολογιστής, μπλε-γαλάζιο
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
ScOT terms

Greek language

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