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Classical Language and Texts: Latin II (CLA3252)

StaffDr Emily Hauser - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCLA1251 Classical Language and Texts: Latin I or GCSE Latin or equivalent.
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

  • To develop your linguistic confidence.
  • To develop your ability to read extracts without adaptation from the most important and influential Latin authors.
  • To encourage you to appreciate the style of different authors and the relationship between language and literary content.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a solid grounding in Latin grammar and syntax, and an expanded vocabulary
  • 2. Demonstrate advanced analytical skills, translate extended unprepared and set passages from Latin into English, and answer questions about specific linguistic forms which appear in them

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Demonstrate reasonable fluency in a variety of texts in a foreign non-spoken language
  • 4. Demonstrate enhanced understanding of the rules and nuances of language

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Demonstrate advanced independent study skills, including time management
  • 6. Apply general rules to specific linguistic material
  • 7. Demonstrate advanced memory skills through systematic language learning strategies

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that the module will cover the grammar and vocabulary of the second part of Keller and Russell’s Learn to Read Latin (Yale University Press, 2006), from Chapter 9 onwards. The study of language and literature will be integrated progressively with greater emphasis in the first few weeks on developing grammar and syntax. Set texts will be chosen from various authors of both prose and poetry.

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching663 x 1 hour seminar per week
Scheduled Learning and Teaching221 x 1 hour grammar consolidation seminar per week
Guided Independent Study212Homework exercises and preparation for seminars

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Language exercisesWeekly1-7Oral feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
2 x on-campus mid-term exams (one in each teaching term)401 hour each1-7Mark and written feedback
Exam (January)201 hour1-7Mark and written feedback
Exam (May)402 hours1-7Mark and written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
2 x on-campus mid-term exams2 x 1 hour on-campus exams1-7Referral/Deferral period
Exam (January)1 hour exam1-7Referral/Deferral period
Exam (May)2 hour exam1-7Referral/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%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core Texts:

  • The Latin Language, Scottish Classics Group, Oliver & Boyd,¬†Edinburgh 1995.
  • Cambridge Latin Anthology, A. Carter & P. Parr, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2004.

You need your own copies of these books.

Other material will be introduced during the course

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Classics, Latin, Language