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CLA2001 : Level 2 Latin: Interpretation of Texts

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Jakob Wisse
  • 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


Students who have taken CLA1012, and wish to continue with Latin, may take this module. You will prepare the translation of the prescribed selections from one or more prose texts and/or a verse text. Our class work will mainly consist of translation and discussion of these selections, and of practising commentary on and interpretation of them. You will also get some practice in unseen translation of texts similar to selections.

The aim of this module is to develop students' ability to translate, understand and critically analyse and appreciate a range of Latin texts, both seen and unseen, and of a linguistic and intellectual level appropriate for Level 2.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module aims:
1. To further develop students' linguistic skills, as applied to reading and translating original literary texts in Latin;
2. To further develop students' skills in interpreting and analysing Latin literary texts.
3. To familiarise students with a range of resources (traditional and digital) employed in the advanced study of Latin literary texts.

Students taking this module will work on selected literary texts in the original Latin joined under a particular
theme, with a focus on further developing skills of interpretation and analysis.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Jointly taught with Careers Service.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion551:0055:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading661:0066:00Two hours specific prep for each session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching331:0033:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study441:0044:00General consolidation activities
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CLA3001Level 3 Latin: Interpretation of Texts
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Synchronous small-group sessions are largely student-led, and provide the opportunity to collaboratively read, review and discuss the prescribed text(s), while further refining existing skills in:
- identifying and understanding a range of Latin linguistic and syntactical features;
- translating Latin into clear and fluent English;
- literary analysis.

Structured guided learning activities provide students with the opportunity to:
- acquire knowledge and understanding of broader themes, ideas and contexts (whether literary, historical, philosophical, socio-cultural);
- prepare for synchronous sessions; and assessments;
- further refine discipline-specific technical skills.

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

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A50N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Level 3 Latin: Interpretation of Texts1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A502,000 word essay
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 exercise1M600-word commentary exercise on (part of) seen text
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Summative assessment is designed to assesses students' knowledge and interpretative understanding of the texts studied, with particular reference to the application of their linguistic knowledge, and their skills in presenting their views and analyses of key issues regarding the set text(s).
Exam is the best way of assessing language skills.
Essay 1 assesses skills in interpretation, based on the text in the original.

Formative assessment is designed to review, revise and consolidate linguistic knowledge and/or tools for the interpretation of texts.

Reading Lists