Latin 1: module 1

Course Dates: 18/01/24 - 21/03/24
Time: 13:00 - 14:30
Location: Keeley Street
An introduction to Latin, or a reminder of what you have forgotten, if you are rusty. Based on Reading Latin, 2nd edition (Cambridge University Press, 2 volumes).
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Latin 1: module 1
  • Course Code: RL841
  • Dates: 18/01/24 - 21/03/24
  • Time: 13:00 - 14:30
  • Taught: Thu, Daytime
  • Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Szerdi Nagy

Course Code: RL841

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Thu, day, 18 Jan - 21 Mar '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course is designed to introduce you to the Latin language or remind you what you have learned before, revising and building on your basic knowledge. We will use Reading Latin, by Peter Jones and Keith Sidwell 2nd edition (Cambridge University Press, 2 volumes), starting from section 1A. Reading will be combined with grammar instructions and grammatical exercises.

What will we cover?

In this first module, you will be introduced to the conjugation of verbs in the present indicative and the declension of nouns and adjectives. We will also start reading an adaptation of a play by Plautus.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- read and write simple Latin sentences
- demonstrate basic knowledge of verb forms (conjugations)
- demonstrate basic knowledge of Latin nouns and adjectives
- have some insights into the derivation of English words
- demonstrate some knowledge on the world of ancient Rome.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a course for complete beginners although those who have some previous knowledge of Latin may wish to join for revision purposes. As the course is taught in English, please read the outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support with your English skills to help you take part fully in this class.
If you have never studied grammar before, you may benefit from attending one of the short courses titled “Grammar for ancient languages: an introduction”.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course consists of translation, grammar instructions and grammar exercises with a high level of student interaction (individual, pair and group work). Students are expected to do the homework regularly, check the resources uploaded on Google Classroom and participate in oral classroom activities. Homework will require approx. 1-2 hours per week.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring writing material.
Textbook: “Reading Latin” by Peter Jones & Keith Sidwell, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2 volumes:
- Grammar and Exercises (ISBN 9781107632264)
- Text and Vocabulary’ (ISBN 9781107618701).
An e-book version can also be purchased. We recommend you purchase the book after the first session of the course, after you’ve had confirmation that the class is suitable for you.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Latin 1: module 2.

Szerdi Nagy

Szerdi Nagy is an accomplished educator and lecturer with over 15 years of experience in the United Kingdom and South Africa teaching Ancient Greek, Latin and Classical Civilizations. Her academic journey has been profoundly influenced by her extensive study and work at a South African university, which has fueled her fascination with the intersection of Africa in the Ancient World and the profound impact of Classics on African cultures. Szerdi's expertise extends to diverse areas, including gender studies in the ancient world and the intricate world of ancient art. Her passion for these subjects has not only enriched her own academic but she strives to create a desire for her students to delve deeper into the realms of history, culture, and art from a unique perspective.

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.