Classical Language and Texts: Latin I (CLA1251)

Staff - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

  • This module aims to give students with little or no previous experience of Latin an understanding of the basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the language. By the end of the year you should be able to read easy passages without assistance.┬áBy acquiring first-hand experience of the language of the Romans, you will gain additional insight to complement the various aspects of the ancient world presented in your other modules.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Understand how a highly inflected language works
  • 2. Know enough Latin to translate easy passages accurately without assistance
  • 3. Have gained a good enough foundation in grammar, syntax, and vocabulary to be able to proceed to higher-level Latin classes with confidence

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Develop an understanding of Roman ways of thought and expression
  • 5. Enhance their understanding of language (and the Indo-European group of languages in particular)
  • 6. Demonstrate an ability to solve problems logically and to develop strategies for dealing with languages
  • 7. Develop the ability to absorb and retain large quantities of information with systematic learning strategies and enhanced memory skills

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. learn to pay close attention to details, train your memory to function more effectively, and enhance your understanding and command of your own language

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Keller and Russell, Learn to Read Latin I and II.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching88Seminars (4 x 1 hour per week) 3x lecture and 1x seminar
Guided independent study212Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Language exercisesWeekly1-7Oral corrections in class

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Coursework tests (five)5050 minutes each. Test 1: 6%, Test 2: 8%, Test 3: 10%, Test 4: 12%, Test 5: 14%1-7Mark and written comments
Examination503 hours1-7Mark and written comments

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
TestsTests1-7Referral/Deferral period
ExaminationExamination1-7Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Keller and Russell, Learn to Read Latin I and II.
  • Keller and Russell, Learn to Read Latin I and II Workbook.

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Classics, Latin, Language