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Module

CLA1011 : Intermediate Latin Language and Literature 1

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Stephanie Holton
  • 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 the remaining sections of the textbook ('Reading Latin') from where CLA1002 left off in the previous academic year. A significant proportion of the module will be devoted to reading 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion501:0050:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities92:0018:00Discipline-specific technical skills activities
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading661:0066:00Module reading and resources list Wider self-identified resources
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching271:0027:001 x 2 hour + 1 x 1 hour weekly student-led sessions (synchronous online; timetabled)
Guided Independent StudySkills practice92:0018:00Grammar revision and consolidation
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion92:0018:00Directed discussion space for seminar activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery13:003:00Assessment preparation / formative feedback (synchronous online)
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Synchronous small-group sessions are largely student-led, and provide the opportunity to collaboratively read, review, discuss, and make progress in:
- identifying and understanding core features of the Latin language;
- translating Latin into clear and appropriate English;
- analysing literary features of the assigned text(s).

Structured guided learning activities provide students with the opportunity to:
- consolidate grammar and vocabulary knowledge;
- acquire knowledge and understanding of the set text's broader themes and contexts;
- prepare for weekly synchronous sessions;
- discuss assigned reading and any troubleshooting in an online forum;
- practice discipline-specific technical skills (e.g. translation; digital literacy).

Guided independent study is intended as time for:
- skills practice;
- directed reading and research;
- preparing and completing any formative and summative assessments.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M602500 word translation and commentary exercise
Essay1M401500 word essay
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; essay) 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