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Unit information: Latin Language Level B1 in 2018/19

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Unit name Latin Language Level B1
Unit code CLAS22307
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. O'Gorman
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

Latin Language Level A1 and A2, or equivalent

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Classics & Ancient History
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

The aim of this unit is to develop and reinforce students' skills in the independent critical reading of Latin literary texts. In the unit, you will read ca. 400-450 lines from unadapted ancient Latin texts, to be chosen by the unit tutor. Grammatical and syntactical knowledge of Latin will be revised and reinforced. You will also develop a range of key skills for the reading and literary analysis of Latin texts.

Aims:

  • To corroborate and expand students’ knowledge of Latin morphology and syntax;
  • To expand students’ Latin vocabulary;
  • To introduce students to techniques of independent reading of Latin, such as use of dictionaries and commentaries;
  • To introduce students to the detailed literary study of a particular Latin text and author.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of Latin vocabulary at the standard of level B1
  2. Identify and discuss Latin morphology and syntax as appropriate to level B1.
  3. Demonstrate skills of independent reading and prepared translation, with reference works, of Latin texts as appropriate to level B1.
  4. Undertake at-sight translation of unseen Latin texts, without reference works as appropriate to level B1.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge in the use of dictionaries, commentaries, or scholarship, and be able to relate this knowledge to their understanding and interpretation of a Latin text.

Teaching details

3 hours per week consisting of seminars and/or lectures.

Assessment Details

  • 1 x Practical Criticism Exercise - 2000 words (50%) [ILOs 1-3 & 5]
  • 1 x 90 minute Exam (50%) [ILOs 1-5]

Reading and References

  • C. T. Lewis, Elementary Latin Dictionary (Oxford). [Alternatively, your unit tutor will advise you of iPhone and Android Latin dictionary apps appropriate for this unit.]
  • Kennedy, B. H., The Revised Latin Primer (London: Longmans, Green, and Co.) [You can download this for free at archive.org]

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