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Unit information: Latin Language Level A1 in 2015/16

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Unit name Latin Language Level A1
Unit code CLAS12303
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Liveley
Open unit status Not open




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


The two units in this level (Latin A1 and A2) are designed for those who have little or no previous knowledge of Latin. In them you will learn all the fundamental morphology and syntax of classical Latin. Latin A1 aims to cover chapters 1-6 of Learn to Read Latin, level A2 to cover chapters 7-11 and excerpts from chapters 12-14. In addition, in A2 you will read a substantial amount of un-adapted Latin. At the conclusion of this course you should be able to read straightforward Latin texts on your own, with the aid of a reference grammar and dictionary.


To teach students the techniques of reading straightforward Latin texts with the aid of a dictionary and reference grammar. Initially students will be introduced to the workings of an inflected language and the grammatical terms used to analyze it. Where appropriate, the contexts of original Latin passages will also be studied in order to help students place the Latin language in its ancient cultural and literary contexts.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will have acquired and developed knowledge of the terms and procedures of grammatical analysis; a total vocabulary of about 250 Latin words; and skills in the process of translating straightforward Latin into good English.

Teaching details

Seminars and reading classes, grammatical instruction classes.

Assessment Details

One 45 min class test (33%)and one 90 min exam (66%)

Reading and References

  • Learn to Read Latin, Andrew Keller and Stephanie Russell, Yale University Press
  • Elementary Latin Dictionary, C.T. Lewis, Oxford University Press