Latin for Beginners 1 - CLAS3640

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) David Rundle checkmark-circle


This module gives students a foundation in Latin, covering the fundamentals of morphology and syntax. By the end of the module, students will be able to read, comprehend, and translate simple sentences and short passages of Latin.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40
Total Private Study Hours: 110
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

• Grammar and Translation Exercises (7-10 in total) – 60%
• In-Course Test (40 minutes) – 20%
• Take-home Grammar and Translation Assignments (5-7 in total) – 20%

Reassessment method:
• 100% Grammar and Translation Exercise

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Show a basic command of some Latin accidence and syntax;
2 Have a basic knowledge of some grammatical terms and underlying principles of Latin;
3 Show a basic command of Latin vocabulary (including nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions);
4 Demonstrate basic reading skills and strategies for reading Latin language;
5 Have basic abilities to translate Latin-to-English and English-to-Latin words and phrases;
6 Show basic abilities to identify and solve some problems with the appropriate tools in short translation passages in prose and/or verse from Latin authors.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate an ability to identify and solve problems;
2 Demonstrate an ability to assess the meaning and significance of information;
3 Demonstrate an ability to present written material clearly and effectively, including sensitivity to the reader's perspective;
4 Demonstrate a good attention to detail;
5 Demonstrate an ability to manage time and meet deadlines.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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