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BA Classics / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Intensive Latin 1

Unit code CAHE20171
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Classics, Ancient History & Egyptology
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Latin. Those who have studied Latin up to and including GCSE, however, may take it as beginners; those who have AS Level in Latin should audit this course and enrol in CAHE30182 Intensive Latin 2  for credit.

Aims

To introduce students to the basic elements of the Latin language.

Knowledge and understanding

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

  • knowledge and understanding of the basic workings of a highly-inflected language, Classical Latin;
  • mastery of (roughly half of) the basic Latin forms and constructions (accidence and syntax), together with a vocabulary of several hundred words, and a developing ability to use them both actively and passively;
  • the ability to read a simple Latin text, seen or unseen, with fluency and accuracy;

Intellectual skills

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

  • subject-specific skills, including an incipient ability to read, understand, translate and write Latin;
  • an insight into the nature of the differences between English and Classical Latin.

Practical skills

See specific skills listed below

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students will have:

  • an increased awareness of the structures and resources of the English language;
  • a developed ability to analyse and to describe linguistic forms and structures;
  • an increased knowledge and understanding of Latin-derived English vocabulary.

Employability skills

Other
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

Online Test 40%
Exam 60%

 

Feedback methods

  • Weekly feedback on formative homework exercises;
  • Written feedback on formative and summative assessment (see above); all feedback is designed to contribute formatively towards improvement in subsequent assignments.
  • 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. 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Seminars 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Alison Sharrock Unit coordinator

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