What is the course about?
This course aims to introduce you to the basic grammatical structures for reading and translating Latin, or to remind you of what you have forgotten if you are rusty. The course is based on Reading Latin (Cambridge University Press, 2016 Edition).
What will we cover?
We will be following the textbook Reading Latin - a textbook designed for adults learners, with texts based on original Latin sources. We will start at Section 1A, and we will read adapted texts of works by the comic writer Plautus. We shall be studying the conjugation of verbs, the declension of nouns and adjectives.
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 the first two conjugations of verbs
- demonstrate basic knowledge of some declensions of nouns and adjectives.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable if you are a complete beginner, although some students 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. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support with your English skills to help you take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on a traditional approach, and aims at a high level of student interaction combining whole-class discussion work with pair and group work. There will be instruction on Latin grammar, grammatical exercises, and translation – combined with pronunciation work, and listening to and reading the texts aloud. You will be expected to do two to three hours’ homework per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Reading Latin (Second Edition 2016): Grammar and Exercises (ISBN 9781107632264); Text and Vocabulary (ISBN 9781107618701); and Reading Latin: an Independent Study Guide (ISBN- ISBN: 9781107615601). A limited number of these textbooks are available in the City Lit Student Centre and Library.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Latin 1: Module 2.