CLAS 2101 - Beginners' Latin

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

The course introduces students to the rudiments of Latin grammar, syntax and vocabulary with a view to enabling them to read and comprehend (modified) texts in the original language. Students are required to complete a variety of language tasks including translation both into and from Latin and answering comprehension questions on passages in Latin. This course develops students' ability to identify and analyse fundamental grammatical constructions and improves their comprehension skills.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CLAS 2101
    Course Beginners' Latin
    Coordinating Unit Classics
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites 12 units of Level I Humanities/Social Sciences courses
    Incompatible Not available to students who reached a satisfactory level of achievement in SACE Stage 2 Latin or equivalent or LATN 1002 or LATN 2010
    Course Description The course introduces students to the rudiments of Latin grammar, syntax and vocabulary with a view to enabling them to read and comprehend (modified) texts in the original language. Students are required to complete a variety of language tasks including translation both into and from Latin and answering comprehension questions on passages in Latin. This course develops students' ability to identify and analyse fundamental grammatical constructions and improves their comprehension skills.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jacqueline Clarke

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate basic skills in reading Latin aloud and comprehending Latin texts
    2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of fundamental grammatical concepts and constructions, both in Latin and English
    3 Demonstrate ability to analyse more complex grammatical constructions, both in Latin and English
    4 Achieve skills in comprehension and analysis which will enable understanding and appreciation of Latin texts
    5 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a basic Latin vocabulary of approximately 500 words
    6 Achieve awareness of linguistic and cultural differences between the ancient Romans and modern society through an appreciation of how languages shape meaning
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    An Introductory Latin Course for University Students by C. De Heer (University of Western Australia 1997)
    Recommended Resources
    English Grammar for Students of Latin by Goldman and Szymanski (Ann Arbor 1983)
    Online Learning
    Weekly class plans, copies of all sheets handed out in class and answers to the exercises completed will be available on MyUni.

    Certain lectures may also be recorded and placed on MyUni but students are advised that listening to them is no substitute for attendance. The whiteboard is also used extensively to diagram grammatical points and this material will not be on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The modes of teaching and learning employed in this course are largely classroom based and face-to-face. The language classes consist mainly of grammatical instruction followed by an appropriate exercise which is done both in class and completed for homework.

    Classes are interactive, with students being able to raise questions and concerns during the lesson and to make it clear when they do not understand a particular point to enable the lecturer to expand upon her explanation.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Type of workload Overall hours Average hours per week
    Lectures & tutorials 36 3
    Assignment preparation 72 6
    Reading 24 2
    Revision 24 2
    Total 156 13
    Learning Activities Summary
    Please note that this programme is provisional and may be subject to change in accordance with the progress of students’ learning and ability to grasp concepts.
    Week 1 Latin alphabet and pronunciation; verbs and adverbs in English, Latin verbal concepts; present tense of 1st and 2nd conjugation verbs; irregular verbs sum and possum
    Week 2 Functions of nouns in English; nominative and accusative cases of 1st and 2nd declension nouns in Latin; functions of adjectives in English; 1st/2nd declension adjectives in Latin
    Week 3 Personal pronouns and interrogative pronouns in English and Latin; adverbs, prepositions and questions; possessive and indirect object in English; genitive and dative cases for 1st and 2nd declension nouns; masculine nouns of the 1st declension
    Week 4 Vocative case in English and Latin; demonstrative pronouns in English and Latin; imperfect tense of 1st and 2nd conjugation verbs; ablative case in Latin; prepositions and paradigms
    Week 5 Variations in 2nd declension noun forms; present and imperfect tenses of 3rd and 4th conjugation verbs; full paradigms of hoc and ille
    Week 6 Interrogative pronouns and direct questions; full declension of adjectives; relative pronouns; full declension of is, ea, id
    Week 7 Principal parts of verbs; perfect tense in English and Latin; 3rd declension nouns; future tense in English and Latin
    Week 8 Interrogative adjectives and numerals; future perfect and pluperfect tenses in English and Latin; paradigm of tenses
    Week 9 Infinitive in English and Latin; uses of infinitive; indirect statement in English and Latin; mixed conjugation verbs and 3rd declension adjectives
    Week 10 Perfect and future active tenses of infinitive; tenses in indirect statement and tense shift; the passive voice in English; present, imperfect and future passive tenses in Latin
    Week 11 Perfect, pluperfect and future perfect passive tenses in Latin; personal and reflexive pronouns and adjectives; deponent verbs
    Week 12 Revision; past exam papers
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment task Task type Weighting Course learning outcomes
    Weekly language assignments Formative 0% 1, 2
    Test 1 Formative & summative 10% 1-4
    Test 2 Formative & summative 10% 1-4
    Test 3 Formative & summative 15% 1-6
    Exam Summative 65% 1-6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are advised that regular attendance at classes and keeping up with the weekly exercises is essential for success in this course. It is largely in class that students receive feedback on the exercises that they do both in class and outside of it. Furthermore, the interactive nature of the classes and the extensive use of the whiteboard to demonstrate and discuss grammatical points and issues raised by students during the class make it impossible to fully reproduce these classics via lecture recordings.
    Assessment Detail
    Students will be encouraged to hand up one exercise per week. The exercises will be designed to cover a variety of skills e.g. translation from and into Latin and identification of verbal forms and particular constructions. These exercises are for formative assessment only; their purpose is to give an indication of how well grammatical points etc. have been grasped and the problem areas that need to be addressed. They will be assessed (i.e. commented upon) and handed back the following week as well as being reviewed in class.

    Three progressive tests will be held during the semester. They will assess a variety of language skills including understanding of grammar, verbal forms and translation both from and to Latin.

    The exam at the end of the semester will assess translation from and to Latin and comprehension of a Latin passage.
    The exercises for formative assessment will generally be assigned at the final lesson of each week and handed back the first lesson of the following week. As they are for formative assessment only, they do not require a coversheet. They are generally handed up in class although students may also be permitted to email them to the tutor.

    The tests will be held during the language lessons (usually the final lesson of the week). Students who require alternative arrangements for tests (including sitting them at a later date) must notify staff before the due date (unless there are exceptional circumstances for not doing so) and must provide evidence that they have legitimate medical or compassionate grounds for their request.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.