Brush up your elementary Latin
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: RL256
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
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What is the course about?
The course aims to refresh your elementary Latin through the translation of short passages and grammar exercises, as well as to improve your pronunciation.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We will translate short passages and revise the Latin declensions of nouns and adjectives as well as the present and future tenses. Please contact the tutor through the Classics department 7-10 days before the start of the course in order to obtain the material necessary for the first class. Copies will also be made available in class on the day of the first lesson.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- translate short passages;
- decline nouns/adjectives/pronouns and recognise simple verb forms;
- read Latin aloud with more confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable if you have studied at least 2 years at City Lit or if you have an equivalent level of the language. You need to know the declensions of nouns/adjectives/pronouns, and the following moods of verbs: indicative, imperative and infinitive.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Whole class work. Translating short passages in Latin and doing grammar exercises, tutor posing questions and answering questions raised by the students. Students should – if possible – prepare a Latin passage which will be provided by the tutor before each class. – Homework: about 2 hours per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. The material will be provided by the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other Latin classes from September, should you be interested in carrying on studying Latin in more depth.
Judith has been teaching Classics (and other subjects) to both adults and children for over 10 years, and before that worked as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, as a journalist, and in charities. She has taught at the Open University, Royal Holloway, and Birkbeck and is currently Head of Classics at a school in North London, and finds the similarities and difference sbetween adult and school education both challenging and fascinating. Having returned to formal education as a mature student herself, to pursue postgraduate work in Greek cultural and intellectual history, she has a strong commitment to continuing education. She has degrees from Oxford University and Royal Holloway, University of London and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Judith's love of ancient language, literature, philosophy, and archaeology arises from an overridng interest in ideas, and in the ways that we can learn about how people have thought in different times and places.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.