Latin 4 upper: module 1
Time: 13:10 - 14:35
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: RL111
Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course aims to enable intermediate students to read largely unadapted Latin poetry and prose with confidence and enjoyment while revising Latin grammar. Time will also be dedicated to Latin composition.
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?
We shall be using the textbook Reading Latin (2nd edition, 2 vols), a textbook designed for adult learners, based on original Latin sources. We shall start from section 6A. Students will read largely unadapted poems by Catullus and letters by Caelius and Cicero included in the Reading Latin: Text and Vocabulary volume; reading will be combined with grammar revision and grammatical exercises.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
– – demonstrate a good familiarity with Latin grammar
– read largely unadapted pieces of Latin poetry and prose with confidence and enjoyment
– translate English prose into Latin
– demonstrate some familiarity with the social and historical context of Catullus’ poetry and Cicero’s letters.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for those who have already completed 4 lower: module 3, or who have equivalent experience. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and also take part in group discussions on readings.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each class will entail some (though limited) frontal instruction, plenty of pair work and plenary discussions. You must be prepared to dedicate between 1 and 3 hours per week to read and translate adapted Latin prose – which will then be discussed in class – and revise Latin grammar.
Please be aware that the teacher will use Google Classroom, and you are expected to regularly check the course’s page to find additional notes, updates about the progress of the class, homework, self-assessment forms, etc.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need the two textbooks by Peter Jones & Keith Sidwell, Reading Latin, 2nd edition, CUP, ‘Grammar and Exercises’ (ISBN 9781107632264) and ‘Text and Vocabulary’ (ISBN 9781107618701). Some copies are available in the library.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Latin 4 upper: module 2.
Dr Nikoletta Manioti teaches Classical Greek and Latin. Originally from Thessaloniki, Greece, she has a PhD in Classics from the University of Durham. Before coming to City Lit she held academic positions at the University of St Andrews (2012-17 and 2018-2021), at King's College London (2017-18), and at Birkbeck, University of London (2017-18). She is interested in all aspects of the ancient world, but her research focuses on the family and the representation of space in literature. She is currently writing a book on sisters in 1st century BC Rome. Nikoletta loves teaching in general, and Greek and Latin in particular. She loves learning languages too: she is fluent in Italian; reads French, German, and Spanish; and knows the basics of Portuguese and Swedish.
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.