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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS1250 Intermediate Latin

20 creditsClass Size: 7

Module manager: Dr Bev Back

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

Beginners Latin: students who have previously studied Latin for 1-2 years, or to pre-GCSE level (including year 10 but not the GCSE year) can take this module without studying CLAS1910 first.

This module is mutually exclusive with

CLAS2260Intermediate Latin (Level 2)
CLAS3260Intermediate Latin (Level 3)

Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This module is suitable for students who have gained a pass mark in CLAS1910 Beginners Latin, or equivalent. The module involves a study and consolidation of more challenging aspects of ancient Latin grammar, and is designed to provide the foundation for beginning to read ancient Latin texts in the original independently, with the help of a dictionary and reference grammar. The material covered by the end of CLAS1910 and this module, taken together, will be approximately equivalent to GCSE Latin.


The module aims to train students to intermediate level (approximately GCSE) Latin language. On completion, students will be able to translate and answer comprehension questions on unadapted Latin passages; they will have a sound knowledge of a range of vocabulary, sentence structures and syntactical constructions; and they will be able to apply more complex grammar and syntax in translating sentences from Latin into English and English into Latin.

Learning outcomes
Students completing this module will have acquired:
- A knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and more challenging syntactical constructions, as appropriate to an intermediate level course
- An ability to conjugate regular verbs in all tenses, voices, and moods, except for the future perfect indicative, present and perfect subjunctives, future passive infinitive, supine and gerund, as well as some important irregular verbs in the most commonly used tenses, voices, and moods; and to decline regular 1st, 2nd, and 3rd declension nouns and adjectives, and some important irregular nouns and adjectives and pronouns
- an ability to understand and translate into English a range of simpler adapted Latin passages, with the aid of vocabulary and grammar/syntax notes as appropriate
- an ability to translate more complex sentences from English into Latin, using the range of syntactical constructions learned
- an appreciation of the Latin roots of a wider range of English words

Skills outcomes
A range of subject-specific skills including the ability to translate harder passages of Latin, to recognise and apply correctly grammatical and syntactical rules in translating or analysing sentences and clauses, and to conjugate and decline regular and some important irregular verbs, nouns, pronouns, and adjectives.


The module involves using a textbook designed for intermediate learners of Latin and acquiring knowledge of a wider range of vocabulary, grammar and more complex syntax than beginners, in order to reach a good intermediate level (approximately GCSE) by the end of the course. It will include grammar exercises, translation of sentences from Latin to English and English to Latin, and translation of unadapted passages from Latin to English. The module is worth 20 credits and consists of 2 classes per week through semesters 1 and 2.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours158.00
Total Contact hours42.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Day-to-day preparation, assigned homework, and learning of vocabulary grammar and syntax for each class, including formative in-class tests: 3 hours for each class = 118 hours.
Revising/consolidating knowledge for one in-class assessment (summative): 12 hours
Revising/consolidating knowledge 1.5 hour exam (semester 1): 14 hours.
Revising/consolidating knowledge 1.5 hour exam (semester 2): 14 hours.

Total: 158 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored:
- at an informal level, through contributions in class, regular formative tests of vocabulary and grammar, and written homework in the form of short grammar/syntax exercises or translations.
- at a formal level, through the two summative 1-hour in-class tests and the final 2-hour exam, spaced evenly through the year’s course.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment1 Hour Test25.00
In-course Assessment1 Hour Test25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/04/2018


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