What is the course about?
The course aims at furthering the students’ knowledge of grammatical structures and vocabulary so that they can continue reading adapted prose in Latin and confidently translate simple English texts into Latin.
What will we cover?
We shall be using the textbook Reading Latin (2nd edition, 2 vols), a textbook designed for adult learners, based on original Latin sources. We shall start from section 4B and aim at completing section 4C. Students will read passages included in the Reading Latin: Text and Vocabulary volume; reading will be combined with grammar instruction and grammatical exercises.
We shall start by revising dependent clauses expressed with ‘accusative + infinitive’, as well as relative clauses introduced by ‘qui, quae, quod’. We will then move on to the study of the syntax (that is, the special uses and functions) of the genitive and ablative cases, including the so-called ‘ablative absolute’. Finally, we shall start gaining familiarity with the pluperfect indicative of active and deponent verbs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- demonstrate a good familiarity with ‘accusative + infinitive’ dependent clauses;
- demonstrate a good familiarity with relative clauses introduced by ‘qui, quae, quod’;
- demonstrate some knowledge of the special uses and functions of the genitive and the ablative, including the ‘ablative absolute’;
- demonstrate a preliminary acquaintance with the pluperfect indicative (active and deponent);
- have some insight into the derivation of English words;
- have some insight into the world of ancient Rome.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for those who have already completed Latin 2: Module 3, or who have equivalent experience. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and also take part in group discussions on readings.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on a traditional teaching approach, yet it aims also at a high level of student interaction with some pair and group work. Please note that students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do 2-3 hours of homework per week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need the two textbooks by Peter Jones & Keith Sidwell, Reading Latin, 2nd edition, CUP, ‘Grammar and Exercises’ (ISBN 9781107632264) and ‘Text and Vocabulary’ (ISBN 9781107618701). Some copies are available in the library.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Latin 3 Module 2 in Term 2.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details