What is the course about?
This course is designed for students who have studied Latin for around a year and wish to improve their knowledge of Latin grammar and their ability to read and write Latin. We use the textbooks Reading Latin, by Peter Jones and Keith Sidwell.
What will we cover?
We shall be using the textbook Reading Latin, a textbook designed for adult learners based on original Latin sources. Reading will be combined with grammar instruction and exercises. Topics will include:
• Perfect indicative active and deponent
• Future indicative deponent
• Comparative and superlative adjectives
• Semi-deponent verbs
We will be reading Latin passages based on authors including Plautus, Lucian, Virgil and Livy.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Have a developing knowledge of Latin grammatical structures
• Be familiar with a broader range of vocabulary
• Have gained confidence in translating from and into Latin.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is designed for students who have been learning Latin for around one year. It will start at around Section 2D of the textbook Reading Latin by Peter Jones and Keith Sidwell. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow oral and written instructions in English and also take part in class and group discussions on readings.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on Reading Latin by Peter Jones and Keith Sidwell. In each class we translate passages of Latin into English and cover a grammar topic with a mixture of group and individual work. Homework is set each week: usually a written exercise and some vocab and grammar to learn (maximum of 1-2 hours homework per week).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need the two textbooks by Peter Jones and Keith Sidwell, Reading Latin: Grammar and Exercises and Reading Latin: Text and Vocabulary. Please make sure that you obtain the SECOND editions, published in 2016.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Latin 2: module 3.
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