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Introduction to Latin

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Overview

Our Introduction to Latin short course introduces you to the basic principles of Classical Latin. It provides a firm basis of grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary of the language, through which you will be able to read and translate into English Roman drama in adaptation. We will be using the texts provided in reading Latin, as well as additional material depending on progress and the needs of the class. By the end of the year you will have gained sufficient knowledge of the language to be able to approach and successfully translate adapted passages of Latin prose and drama. 

No prior knowledge of the language is necessary.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand the basic grammar and syntax of Latin
  • read simple (or adapted) Latin prose
  • construct simple sentences in Latin
  • understand translation processes
  • locate, retrieve and process information
  • work in groups/teams.

Assessment is via a three-hour examination (60%), take-home translation (20%) and 1.5-hour in-class test (20%).

Textbooks

  • Jones, P. and Sidwell, K. (2016) Reading Latin: Grammar and Exercises. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. NB: this is the latest edition.
  • Jones, P. and Sidwell, K. (2016) Reading Latin: Text and Vocabulary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. NB: this is the latest edition.
This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.