Classical Language and Texts: Latin I

Module titleClassical Language and Texts: Latin I
Module codeCLA1251
Academic year2020/1
Credits30
Module staff

Dr William Michael Short (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

50

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module will provide you with an introduction to the Latin language. By the end of the year you will be able to read passages of text without assistance, enabling you to proceed to higher-level Latin classes. You will develop your understanding of Roman ways of thought and expression, which will give you an insight into the various aspects of the ancient world presented in your other modules. You will work both individually and in groups. This module is suitable for beginners; you do not require prior knowledge of Latin.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to give students with little or no previous experience of Latin an understanding of the basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the language. By the end of the year you should be able to read easy passages without assistance. By acquiring first-hand experience of the language of the Romans, you will gain additional insight to complement the various aspects of the ancient world presented in your other modules.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Understand how a highly inflected language works
  • 2. Know enough Latin to translate easy passages accurately without assistance
  • 3. Demonstrate a good enough foundation in grammar, syntax, and vocabulary to be able to proceed to higher-level Latin classes with confidence

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Develop an understanding of Roman ways of thought and expression
  • 5. Demonstrate an understanding of language (and the Indo-European group of languages in particular)
  • 6. Absorb and retain large quantities of information with systematic language learning strategies

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Pay close attention to details, train your memory to function more effectively, and demonstrate an enhanced understanding and command of your own language
  • 8. Demonstrate enhanced logical abilities as well as your capacity to reason about linguistic structures across different languages

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Keller and Russell, Learn to Read Latin (Yale Language Series) Second EditionTextbook.
  • Keller and Russel, Learn to Read Latin (Yale Language Series) Second Edition Workbook.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
882120

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching883 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week
Guided Independent Study212Independent study

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Language exercisesWeekly1-8Guided on-line revision

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
00100

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Language tests (six)10050 minutes each. Test 1: 6%, Test 2: 8%, Test 3: 10%, Test 4: 12%, Test 5: 14%1-8Mark and written comments

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Language testsLanguage tests1-8Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Keller and Russell, Learn to Read Latin Second Edition Textbook.
  • Keller and Russell, Learn to Read Latin Second Edition Workbook.
  • Goldman and Szymanski, English Grammar for Students of Latin.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Classics, Latin, Language

Credit value30
Module ECTS

15

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

4

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2011

Last revision date

12/07/2020