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CLA1011 : Intermediate Latin Language and Literature Part 1

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Federico Santangelo
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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. Some hours will be devoted to student-led ‘Latin in Action’ sessions, on the model of such sessions in the Beginners' modules.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture331:0033:00full-group interactive language and translation classes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion681:0068:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials112:0022:00Not part of student contact hours: 11 recordings, with 1 added student hour each (reflection, re-reading of material, etc.)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading661:0066:00Two hours of specific preparation for each session
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study111:0011:00Independent reflection and study for reinforcement of learned knowledge and skills
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 texts which the module aims to instil.

Lecture materials prepare for and reinforce grammar learning.

In Guided Independent 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 theirr language skills to think in analytical and constructive ways about original Latin texts.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A55N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A452000 word essay or commentary on set text
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MShort homework exercises in grammar and translation.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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

Formative assessments (homework exercises in grammar and translation) are designed to review, revise, and consolidate key points of grammar and translation skills.

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

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