Classics 030. Word Roots (3 units - Summer Session II)

imageSummer Session II 2017  [August 7 - September 15, 2017]

Classics 030. Greek and Latin Elements in English Vocabulary (3 units)

Course Description: Approximately 65% of English vocabulary comes from Greek and Latin. If we consider the specialized terminology of law, medicine, biology, and other sciences, this share goes as high as 90%. By learning the ancient elements that combine to form English words, students will dramatically expand their understanding of the English language and their ability to use it effectively in speaking and writing.

A workbook helps students memorize word elements and expand their English vocabulary. Classroom workshops demystify the rich offerings of a good English dictionary while also reviewing grammar and the structure of English sentences. Lectures introduce the history of the English language and tell the stories of unusual (sometimes downright weird) word origins.

This class emphasizes words useful for the study of biological sciences.

Grading: Weekly Quizzes, Short Homework Exercises, and Final Exam.

Prerequisite: None. (Knowledge of Greek and Latin NOT required)

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities.

Format: Lecture.

Textbook:

  • Waldo E. Sweet and Glenn M. Knudsvig, A Course on Words  (University of Michigan Press, 1989)
SECTION INSTRUCTOR DAY/TIME ROOM CRN
 021  Tim Brelinski  TWR 10:00-11:40A  1128 Bainer Hall  70977
 022  Tim Brelinski  TWR 2:10-3:50P  1128 Bainer Hall  70979
 023  John Rundin  TWR 6:10-7:50P  1116 Hart Hall  70978