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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS1910 Beginners Latin

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Bev Back

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students who have GCSE, AS-Level, A-Level or equivalent in Latin may NOT take this module.

This module is mutually exclusive with

CLAS2910Beginners Latin (Level 2)
CLAS3915Beginners Latin (Level 3)

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces the Latin language from a complete beginners level. It is suitable for those with no prior knowledge of Latin, but also for those with a little prior experience but no formal qualification. It will use an introductory textbook to teach grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and translation.


The module is designed to provide a solid basis in knowledge of beginners level Latin language – vocabulary, grammar, and syntax – so that students can translate and answer comprehension questions on passages of adapted Latin writing, as well as understanding and using grammar and syntax in translating short sentences from English into Latin. It will provide a foundation for those who wish to take the acquisition of the language further to intermediate level.

Learning outcomes
Students completing this module will have acquired:
- a knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and easier syntactical constructions, as appropriate to a beginners level course
- an ability to conjugate regular and some important irregular verbs in the most commonly used tenses, voices, and moods, and to decline regular and some important irregular nouns and adjectives
- an ability to understand and translate into English adapted Latin passages, with the aid of vocabulary and grammar/syntax notes
- an ability to translate simple sentences from English into Latin
- an appreciation of the Latin roots of many English words

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


The module involves using a textbook designed for ab initio learners of Latin, acquiring knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and initial syntax. It will include grammar exercises, translation of short sentences from Latin to English and English to Latin, and translation of beginners level 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

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours160.00
Total Contact hours40.00
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: 3 hours for each class = 120 hours.
Preparing grammar exercises: 40 hours
Total: 160 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored by:
- a diagnostic test in week 3 of the module, after 4 teaching sessions, to assess general linguistic aptitude and potential to meet learning outcomes.
- (informal) contributions in class, regular formative tests of vocabulary and grammar, and written homework in the form of short grammar/syntax exercises or translations.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentGrammar Exercise 150.00
In-course AssessmentGrammar Exercise 250.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 05/10/2020 12:06:03


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