CLA1001 : Beginners' Latin in Action 1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module will give students a basic knowledge of Latin, sufficient for dealing, at an elementary level, with some of the linguistic aspects of texts (even those read in translation). In addition, it aims at developing students' skills of literary analysis of Latin texts with the help of existing, published translations.

Outline Of Syllabus

- the principles of Latin, and its differences from English;
- the Latin grammar covered in Units 1-12 of the course material “VVV”, including such central material as the more elementary forms of the verbs, the case-forms of nouns etc.;
- “Latin in Action”: exercises practising the application of the grammar learnt to real Latin texts, accompanied by translations and guidance notes.

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 teaching 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 outcomes; they will also introduce 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

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M30In format of assignments for weekly Latin-in-Action component; 1750 words not including the brief language/translation questions
Written exercise1M20Weekly in-class tests
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

An examination is best suited for testing linguistic knowledge and skills. The assignment tests the students' elementary skills in analysing Latin texts accompanied by published translation(s).

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.

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