Classical Language and Texts: Latin II (CLA3252)

StaffProfessor Matthew Wright -
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level
Pre-requisitesCLA1251 Classical Language and Texts: Latin I or GCSE Latin or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to develop your linguistic confidence, the ability to read extracts without adaptation from the most important and influential Latin authors, and to encourage you 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
  • 4. Students will be able to achieve enhanced understanding of the rules and nuances of language

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Demonstrate the ability to follow linguistic structures in a foreign language in order to gain independent understanding
  • 6. Students will be able to learn general rules and apply them independently to specific linguistic material
  • 7. Through learning grammar and vocabulary students will improve their memory skills

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 activities66Seminars (3 x 1 hour per week)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities22Seminar (1 x 1 hour a week grammar consolidation session)
Guided independent study212Independent 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 feedback
Class tests (5)501 hour each. Test 1: 6%, Test 2: 8%, Test 3: 10%, Test 4: 12%, Test 5: 14%1-4Mark and written feedback 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
ExamExam1-4refer/defer period
Class testsTests1-4refer/defer period

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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Classics, Latin, Language