Latin: an introduction for absolute beginners

Course Dates: 16/10/20 - 06/11/20
Time: 17:30 - 20:15
Location: Online

This four-week course, presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, uses information on British Museum objects such as Latin inscriptions on Roman architectural fragments, to provide a foundation in the ancient language of Latin. The class will be held online. Includes a free ticket to an exhibition held at the British Museum.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

On this course you will learn to read Latin from on-line materials, and by studying information on original Latin inscriptions from the British Museum Collection.

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 will be following on-line materials. We will be studying the conjugation of verbs, and the declension of nouns and adjectives. We will also study information on a selection of original Latin inscriptions from the British Museum Collection, with the aid of the publication Latin Inscriptions, by Dirk Booms (British Museum Press 2001).

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

- read and translate simple phrases in Latin
- understand the context of, and read a small selection of, original Latin inscriptions.

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

This course is suitable for absolute beginners in Latin. 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 activities.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The online course will combine group and individual activities with the study of original inscriptions in Latin from the British Museum Collection. Students are expected to participate in the activities and to do homework every week.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

On-line materials will be posted on Google Classroom prior to the start of the course. Please check in advance for this.
As this course is designed to be an introduction for students who may progress to a City Lit Latin course, you may consider purchasing:
- Reading Latin: Grammar and Exercises (Second Edition 2016 ISBN 9781107632264);
- Reading Latin: Text and Vocabulary (Second Edition 2016 ISBN 9781107618701);
- Reading Latin: an Independent Study Guide (Second Edition 2017 ISBN: 9781107615601): this will be needed for any progression City Lit Latin course.

You may also consider purchasing Latin Inscriptions, by Dirk Booms (British Museum Press 2001 ISBN 10: 0714122882 ISBN 13: 9780714122885).

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

A progression course at City Lit. The tutor will be able to advise you.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Most certainly if the teacher was as good as the one we had.
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Review by SFL / (Posted on 19/07/2019)
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/07/2019)
very fast and intensive for absolute beginners.
Students who had done some Latin before and those who had studied languages recently did fine, but half the class had not and we struggled to keep up.
As a prerequisite you need to know English grammer names, e.g. verbs, nouns, pronouns, etc and also what conjunctions of verbs means and declentions of nouns. Pre reading would help, and homework for beginners is at least 1.5 hours a day better to do 2.5 hours. All of us struggling were graduates so not stupid.
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Review by Aelia / (Posted on 17/08/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Andrew David

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.

Book your place

Course Code: RLM003

Fri, eve, 16 Oct - 06 Nov '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £79.00

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