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Module

CLA1011 : Intermediate Latin Language and Literature 1

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Jakob Wisse
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module aims to:
1. Develop and consolidate knowledge of Latin grammar, vocabulary and style.
2. Train students in the detailed study of Latin verse and/or prose texts, at the level appropriate to the "post-beginners" / "post-A-level" knowledge of the language which they have acquired or are acquiring.

The overall aim of both intermediate modules is to allow you to engage with what Latin authors wrote in their own words, and to develop your ability of translating and analysing Latin literary texts in the original. CLA1011, taught in the first half of the year, continues the training offered in CLA1002, adding to your knowledge of classical Latin vocabulary and grammar and consolidating your translation skills. At the same time, you will continue to practice skills of literary analysis. You will be introduced to the basic instruments of philological analysis (e.g., lexica, grammar books, commentaries etc.), as well as to critical engagement with secondary literature.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module begins by reviewing the basics of elementary Latin grammar and completing what remains to be covered in the textbook from where CLA1002 left off in the previous academic year. A significant proportion of the module will be devoted to reading selections from Virgil's Aeneid in Latin, with a focus on building confidence in both translation and literary analysis skills. One hour each week is devoted to a student-led ‘Latin in Action’ session: this may involve translation or composition exercises; comparison of published translations; stylistic analysis; scansion of passages of verse; critical evaluation of key secondary literature.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture441:0044:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion681:0068:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading881:0088:00Two hours of preparation for each session
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Language classes, with a large element of teacher-student interaction, are the best way to combine the imparting of (grammatical and other) knowledge with the hands-on training in linguistic and literary skills.


The small classes introduce, explain, demonstrate and give students the opportunity to apply, under guidance,
• the further knowledge of the Latin language; and
• the approach to analysing Latin literary texts which the module aims to instil.

In private study, students:
• consolidate knowledge imparted in the taught classes,
• further practise applying that knowledge to set tasks of language and literary analysis and of translation, and
• learn to use their language skills to think in analytical and constructive ways about original Latin texts.

If the Covid-related guidance in place during the semester requires us to move teaching on-line, the timetabled sessions will be retained as synchronous Zoom sessions.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A5524 hour take home exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M452000 word essay or commentary on set text
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MDiscipline-specific technical skills quizzes (esp. grammar, vocab) administered via the VLE
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Summative assessments (written exercise; take home exam) are designed to holistically test students' understanding and knowledge of Latin grammar and the prescribed set text, as well as skills of translation and analysis.

Formative assessments (weekly online quizzes) are designed to review, revise, and consolidate key points of grammar as well as vocabulary.

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

Reading Lists

Timetable