Classical Language and Texts: Latin II (CLAM252)

StaffDr Katherine McDonald - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level7
Pre-requisitesCLA1251 Classical Language and Texts: Latin I, GCSE Latin, or equivalent.
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to develop linguistic confidence in the students, the ability to read extracts without adaptation from the most important and influential Latin authors, and to encourage students to appreciate the style of different authors and the relationship between language and literary content.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a solid grounding in Latin grammar and syntax, and an expanded vocabulary
  • 2. Develop analytical skills, translate extended unprepared and set passages from Latin into English, and answer questions about specific linguistic forms which appear in them

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Achieve reasonable fluency in a variety of texts in a foreign non-spoken language

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 4. Demonstrate the ability to follow linguistic structures in a foreign language in order to gain independent understanding

Syllabus plan

There will be three language classes per week. The study of language and literature will be integrated progressively with greater emphasis in the first few weeks on developing grammar and syntax. Set texts will be chosen from various authors of both prose and poetry.

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 teaching activities66Classes (3 x 1 hour per week)
Guided independent study234Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Language exercisesWeekly1-4Oral feedback

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
Exam503 hours1-4Mark and written comments
In-class tests (5)5050 minutes each 50 overall. Test 1: 6%, Test 2: 8%, Test 3: 10%, Test 4: 12%, Test 5: 14%1-4Mark and written comments, with opportunity for oral follow-up

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExamExam1-4August ref/def period
In-class testsTests1-4August ref/def period

Re-assessment notes


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core Texts: Students need their own copies of these books

1. The Latin Language, Scottish Classics Group, Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh 1995

2. Cambridge Latin Anthology, A. Carter & P. Parr, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2004.

Other material will be introduced during the course.

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