Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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- Course Code: RL170
- Dates: 15/01/24 - 18/03/24
- Time: 18:00 - 19:30
- Taught: Mon, Evening
- Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
- Location: Online
- Tutor: Andrew David
Course Code: RL170
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Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
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What is the course about?
The course is designed to deepening and extending your knowledge and appreciation of Latin authors in the original language, whilst also revising some grammar. It is suitable if you are progressing from adapted to unadapted Latin texts.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
This term we shall complete the reading of a selection from Tacitus’ Histories Book I, which tells the story of the tumultuous Year of the Four Emperors, 69AD, from Tacitus histories 1: A selection (ISBN 9781350010154). Following this, we will read texts from OCR Latin Anthology (ISBN 9780198329329).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read and translate unadapted Latin texts with confidence and enjoyment
- demonstrate an extensive knowledge of Tacitus’ vocabulary and style
- appreciate some of the themes and language used in the text
- demonstrate improved knowledge of Latin grammar
- demonstrate a thorough understanding of the world of ancient Rome.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have studied Latin for at approximately 5/6 years or have an equivalent advanced knowledge. 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 combines whole-class discussion work with pair and group work. Depending on students’ wish, grammar instructions and exercises may also be given. Each week students will be assigned passages to prepare and translate at home prior to each class. Students are expected to do a couple of hours’ homework per week and participate in oral classroom activities.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Tacitus histories 1: A selection (ISBN 9781350010154) Bloomsbury
OCR Latin Anthology (ISBN 9780198329329).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Another Latin 5 class.
I graduated in Classics and trained as a Language and Classics teacher at Pembroke College Oxford and at Exeter University. I have forty years' experience as an English Language teacher and Programme Manager in Further Education. Since 2000 I have worked as a Tour Guide for English Language students at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum. At the British Museum I also offer workshops for children on Ancient Greek and Egyptian Life, and I have taught on the Museum's Iraq Emergency Programme training Iraqi Archaeologists. I have taught Classics in Primary and Secondary schools and privately since 1983, and I have been a Tutor in Classics at City Lit since 2012. At City Lit I teach Latin and Greek classes both at Keeley Street and as part of the City Lit's partnership with the British Museum. I am currently leading a project to record an audio facility for the Cambridge University Press 2016 edition of Reading Latin - the course-book used in most City Lit Latin courses. I try to include speaking and listening work in my classes, thus following the students' stated preference for hearing how we think Latin and Greek were spoken in Classical times.
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.