Latin for Beginners 1 - CL364

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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This module gives students a firm foundation in Classical Latin, both vocabulary and grammar (accidence and syntax), using a modern course devised precisely with that objective in mind. No prior knowledge of an inflected language is required to take this module, and relevant analytical terminology is explained as it is introduced. The course schedule covers the fundamentals of Latin morphology and syntax, enabling students to read, comprehend, and translate simple sentences and short passages. Students will acquire a core vocabulary incorporating some of the most frequently used Latin words relevant to the subject matter of texts encountered.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40

Method of assessment

4 x In-Course Test (30 minutes each) – 40%
Examination (two hours) – 60%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Wheelock, F.M. (rev. R. A. Lafleur), (2011). Wheelock's Latin, Seventh Edition, New York: Harper Collins

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Show a basic command of some Latin accidence and syntax (indicative mood and conjugation, simple sentences, and declensions 1-3);
Have a basic knowledge of some grammatical terms and underlying principles of Latin (parts of speech, syntactical roles);
Show a basic command of Latin vocabulary (including nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions);
Demonstrate basic reading skills and strategies for reading Latin language;
Have basic abilities to translate Latin-to-English and English-to-Latin sentences (simple sentences and passages consisting primarily of coordinated clauses);
Show basic abilities to identify and solve some problems with the appropriate tools in short translation passages in prose and verse from Latin authors.

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