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BA Latin and Spanish / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Intensive Latin 2

Unit code CAHE30182
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Classics, Ancient History & Egyptology
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course continues from CLAH20171 Intensive Latin 1.


At least 50% scored in the course unit CLAH20171 Intensive Latin 1. Students who, previous to starting CLAH20171, had achieved a qualification in Latin higher than GCSE (for example, AS-level, Scottish Higher, International Baccalaureate), are expected to have audited CLAH20171 and may now take CLAH30182 Intensive Latin 2 for credit. No student may enter CLAH30182 without having scored at least 50% in CLAH20171.


To complete the study of Latin grammar and syntax begun in CLAH20171 Intensive Latin 1; to reach the stage where students can read Latin texts unaided.

Learning outcomes

See specific outcomes listed below.


This is by design a fast and intensive language course. It is intended in the first instance as a continuation of CLAH20171 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 CLAH20171 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 CLAH20171;
  • 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 CLAH20171 Intensive Latin 1, but at a more advanced level of language-awareness.

Practical skills

By the end of this course students will have developed the following abilities (see below for specific skills):

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students will have developed the following abilities:

  • as for CLAH20171 Intensive Latin 1, but at a more advanced level of language-awareness.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
The course supports the development of a large number of important employment skills, most notably the ability to understand, commit to memory, and successfully deploy the elements of a complex communication system. Conscientious study of an ancient language enhances understanding of English grammatical structures and broadens vocabulary, thereby enhancing the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and eloquently. Students of ancient languages also learn how to extract key elements from complex information and to identify, make sense of, and solve associated problems.

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; 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
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 22
Seminars 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 143

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Thomas Phillips Unit coordinator

Additional notes



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