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A whistle-stop tour of the new OCR 9-1 Ancient Greek GCSE syllabus (J292)
What's changed for GCSE Ancient Greek, and why should you care?
Only one language paper
Perhaps the most obvious change is that there is now only one 90 minute Greek Language paper, whereas previously there were two 60 minute papers. In many ways this is beneficial, because it means you don't have to revise for Greek language twice! Hellenists can separate their language revision and literature revision more neatly now, rather than having to flip-flop back and forth. It does, however, mean that you really need to be on your A game on the day: there's no security blanket of having the second language paper to pick up marks! You also have to prove your language skills in only 90 minutes rather than the more luxurious 120 minutes of previous times.
Set texts for J292/02, J292/03, J292/04, J292/05 and J292/06
(By the way, those module names simply mean 'Paper 2', 'Paper 3', etc., so don't be stumped by those!)
There is a deliciously varied selection of Greek texts on offer on the new 9-1 Greek syllabus: Herodotus, Plutarch, Lucian, Plato, Homer and Euripides all feature! Teachers and private tutors will have plenty of choice when it comes to Ancient Literature teaching, and I hope that some will opt to teach the Iliad and Odyssey, as this opportunity seems too good to miss!
Vocabulary list for paper J292/01
The vocabulary list is broadly speaking similar to a combination of the two Greek vocab lists from the previous specification. A small number of words have been added, and others removed, but the changes are barely noticeable. As a result, minimal disruption will be posed to teachers and tutors who have previously taught the old version of the syllabus. Since it's not until A Level that students are expected to become fluent readers of the original languages, this seems a sensible choice.
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