Latin 2: module 2

Course Dates: 16/04/24 - 25/06/24
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
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Improve your knowledge of Latin grammar and your ability to read and write Latin, as well as exploring Roman culture and history. Suitable if you have completed Latin 2 module 1 at City Lit or have an equivalent knowledge.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Latin 2: module 2
  • Course Code: RL614
  • Dates: 16/04/24 - 25/06/24
  • Time: 18:00 - 19:30
  • Taught: Tue, Evening
  • Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Elena Vacca

Course Code: RL614

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Tue, eve, 16 Apr - 25 Jun '24

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is designed for students who have completed at least one year of Latin and wish to improve their knowledge of Latin grammar and their ability to read and write Latin, as well as exploring Roman culture and history. We will use Taylor Latin to GCSE, Vol. I and II and Reading Latin, by Peter Jones and Keith Sidwell (2 volumes). Students will read adapted passages included in the Reading Latin: Text and Vocabulary volume; reading will be combined with grammar instruction and grammatical exercises.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

We shall start by revising the inflection and uses of demonstrative pronouns, as well as of comparative and superlative adjectives. We will then move on to the study of the perfect participle of deponent verbs. Finally, we shall examine the formation and uses of the indicative perfect of deponent and semi-deponent verbs.

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

- identify and apply the inflection of demonstrative pronouns;
- demonstrate knowledge of the formation and uses of perfect participles of deponent verbs;
- demonstrate some knowledge of the formation and uses of the indicative perfect of deponent and semi-deponent verbs;
- have some insight into the derivation of English words;
- have some insight into the world of ancient Rome.

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

This course is designed for students who have completed Latin 2 module 1 at City Lit or have been learning Latin for around one year. As this 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.

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 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. Textbooks:
"Taylor Latin to GCSE", Vol. I (ISBN: 1780934408) and II (ISBN: 1780934416)
“Reading Latin” by Peter Jones & Keith Sidwell, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2 volumes:
- Grammar and Exercises (ISBN 9781107632264)
- Text and Vocabulary’ (ISBN 9781107618701).
Some copies are available in the library. An e-book version can also be purchased.

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

Latin 2: module 3.

Elena Vacca

My name is Elena Giulia, and I was born in Rome. I have always nourished an insatiable curiosity for classical languages (nomen omen!). When I was a child I used to roam around in my city, writing down all the Latin inscriptions of top of churches and buildings, which were patiently translated by my mother, who was a Latin teacher herself. I studied in the Liceo Classico and after that I graduated in the University of Rome “La Sapienza” with a thesis on Latin Satire. I studied in the Vatican City and obtained a degree in Archiving. I moved to Dublin for the following year, obtaining my second MA in Classics, with a work on Classical reception in James Joyce. This inevitably led me to my current field of research. I am in fact a DPhil student in Oxford University, where I am studying Lev Tolstoy and his interests in Classical tragedy. I have been teaching Classical Greek and Latin for 15 years and I have been a tutor in CityLit since 2019. I also work in Oxford University as a Latin instructor for the Outreach programme. I very much enjoy teaching Classical languages and sharing my passion for these ever growing and fascinating subjects!

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.