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MA Medieval and Early Modern Studies / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Intensive Latin 2

Unit code CAHE70182
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Classics & Ancient History
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course continues from CLAH70171 Intensive Latin 1.


Pre-Requisite: At least 60% scored in the course unit CLAH70171 Intensive Latin 1. Students who, previous to starting CLAH70171, had achieved a qualification in Latin higher than GCSE (for example, AS-level, Scottish Higher, International Baccalaureate), are expected to have audited CLAH70171 and may now take CLAH70182 Intensive Latin 2 for credit. 


To complete the study of Latin grammar and syntax begun in CLAH70171 Intensive Latin 1; to reach the stage where students can read Latin texts unaided.


This is by design a fast and intensive language course. It is intended in the first instance as a continuation of CLAH70171 Intensive Latin 1. It completes your introduction to the basics of Latin grammar and syntax, it develops your active and passive competence in the Latin language, and it introduces in the course of language teaching more aspects of Roman culture and literature. Above all, it brings you to the point at which you can begin to read unmodified Latin texts with confidence and accuracy and enjoyment. We continue with the course text, Jones and Sidwell's Reading Latin, which students should already possess from CLAH70171 Intensive Latin 1.

Teaching and learning methods

·         1 x 1 hour lectures per week;

·         2 x 1 hour seminars per week;

·         1 dedicated consultation hour per week;

·         Blackboard: course material, handouts and other supporting materials.

Also on Blackboard is a self-training programme, which consists of a large bank of questions, graded by level, on vocabulary, morphology, and syntax, closely tied to the course textbook. Students are expected to make extensive use of these materials, in order to help them to learn the large amount of new material that they will meet during the course. The programme gives immediate feedback, including scores, correct answers, and, in the case of more complex questions, explanations.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will have developed the following abilities:
• consolidation of the material of CLAH70171;
• completion of the student’s introduction to the essentials of Latin syntax and vocabulary, with further development of active and passive competence in the Latin language;
• enhanced reading knowledge of the language to a point at which students can begin to read unmodified Latin texts with accuracy, confidence, and enjoyment.

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students will have developed the following abilities:
• as for CLAH70171 Intensive Latin 1, but at a more advanced level of language-awareness.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students will have developed the following abilities:
• as for CLAH70171 Intensive Latin 1, but at a more advanced level of language-awareness.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Oral communication
Written communication

Assessment methods

Assessment task


Weighting within unit

Class test (week 5)

50 minutes


Class test (week 11)

50 minutes



2 hours



Feedback methods

  • Weekly feedback on formative homework exercises;
  • Written feedback on formative and summative assessment (see above);
  • Additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment).

Recommended reading

·         PV Jones and KC Sidwell, Reading Latin, 2nd edition, Cambridge 2016. Before the beginning of the course, students should acquire copies of the two parts: Text and Vocabulary (9781107618701) and Grammar and Exercises (9781107632264).

Please be aware that you are required to buy the new second edition of this textbook (available from August 2016); you should NOT buy copies of the older edition, which has been substantially revised.

At this stage, a good Latin-English/English-Latin dictionary will also be useful, although it is not essential.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 11
Seminars 22
Tutorials 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 106

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Thomas Phillips Unit coordinator

Additional notes

You will be required to produce each week one or two pieces of written homework (mainly short translation exercises, both into and out of Latin), and frequently and regularly to memorize grammar and vocabulary (although testing of this in class will be limited and will be largely up to you, either alone or with on-line aids).


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