What is the course about?
An introduction to Latin, or a reminder of what you have forgotten if you are rusty. Based on the new edition of the Reading Latin (Cambridge University Press: 2016, 2 vols).
What will we cover?
We shall be using the textbook Reading Latin, a textbook designed for adult learners based on original Latin sources, starting with an adaptation of a comedy by Plautus. Reading will be combined with grammar instruction and grammatical exercises. We shall be studying the conjugation of verbs, the declension of nouns and adjectives, etc.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-read and write simple Latin sentences
-have some insight into the derivation of English words
-have some insight into the world of Rome
-demonstrate basic knowledge of conjugations of verbs
-demonstrate basic knowledge of declensions of nouns and adjectives.
- be able to recognise certain Latin vocabulary in context.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable if you are a complete beginner, although some of you may wish to join the class for
revision purposes. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written
instructions in English and also take part in class and group discussions on readings. Occasional active use of Latin may be carried out in class, however students will only be required to understand, and very rarely to speak Latin in simple answers.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on grammar exposition and written practice in class, but aims also at a high level of student interaction with pair and group work. Please note that students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and
to do 2-3 hours homework per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Textbook: Reading Latin, second edition, by Peter Jones and Keith Sidwell (CUP) – 2 volumes: Grammar and Exercises (ISBN 978-1107632264), and Text and Vocabulary (ISBN 978-1107618701). Some copies are available in the Library for use during this course. Please ensure that you buy the second edition of the book. An Independent Study Guide is due to be published in November 2017.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Students who finish this level can progress to Latin 1: module 2.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details