Module Catalogue 2020/21

CLA1002 : Beginners' Latin in Action 2

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Anke Walter
  • Lecturer: Professor Jakob Wisse
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
CLA1001Beginners' Latin in Action 1
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Co Requisites
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This module follows on from CLA1001 and covers most of the remainder of Latin grammar; this will enable you to translate and analyse some original Latin texts for yourself.

The module aims to:
•develop further the skills and knowledge that students have acquired in CLA1001
•provide students with an enhanced knowledge of Latin
•deal with some of the less complicated Latin texts in the original
•equip students to take Latin at the intermediate level

The aims of the 'Latin in Action' component and its related assessment are:
1. to help students to solidify and extend their working knowledge of basic vocabulary and its usage;
2. to give students an opportunity to put their developing knowledge of key grammatical patterns and syntactical structures into practice;
3. to help students to develop their ability to analyse and appreciate the effects of different modes of expression in the language, including differences of meaning and style, without the aid of a published translation;
4. to train students in the application of language skills to literary analysis, and in critical reading of texts in the original language;
5. to assist students in developing and applying increasingly nuanced translation strategies based on the foregoing skills; and
6. to enhance students' ability to read classical literature more meaningfully by applying all these skills to unfamiliar texts in the original language.
Several methods are used in supporting these aims, as appropriate to the level, the readings, and the specific grammatical elements being learned. ‘In Action’ class exercises and assessed assignments are usually based on the close study of one or more short passages of text in the original language. Methods may include translation of passages into English; translation from English into Latin/Greek; comparison of published translations; stylistic analysis; scansion of passages of verse; memorisation of short excerpts; recitation.

Outline Of Syllabus

- continuing with the grammar as introduced in the relevant textbook, including most of the important forms of Latin verbs and nouns;
- “Latin in Action”: exercises practising the application of the grammar learnt to real Latin texts.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of the module students should have acquired:
1. a knowledge of most of the features of Latin Grammar

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students should have acquired:
1. the ability to translate some of the less complicated original Latin texts for themselves with the aid of a dictionary.
2. skills of analysis of a Latin text;
3. the adaptability to apply the skills learnt to new pieces of Latin

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion721:0072:0047.5% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture481:0048:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading721:0072:0047.5% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study81:008:005% of guided independent study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

General rationale: This (traditional) method for language learning has worked well over the past years, and was commended by students.

Lectures which include informal practice and exercise (as set in course material) will introduce, discuss and practise all the knowledge and skills implied in the learning outcomes; they will also instruct students how best to use the time set aside for private study.

Private study is supposed to be spent revising the material discussed in class, preparing for the next class and doing the exercises provided in the course material.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M35In format of assignments for weekly Latin-in-Action component; 2,000 words
Written exercise2M15Weekly in-class tests
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

An examination is best suited for testing linguistic knowledge and skills.
The assignment tests the students' skills in analysing Latin texts.

The weekly tests ensure students’ constant review of the material covered in the module, and allow the instructor to detect difficulties early on in the semester and provide students with constant feedback on their progress.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

This module cannot be made available to Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students under any circumstances.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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