Latin for Improvers 3 with Penelope Fewster

Ref: C3747825

Latin is everywhere - in inscriptions, in textbooks for medicine, law and botany, in church liturgy and the records for family history. It is the ancestor of many European languages and by various routes has supplied about half the vocabulary of English. Above all, it is the language in which some of world's greatest literature was written and its poetry, oratory, philosophy and even novels have influenced many writers over the centuries and continue to do so today. If you are interested in any of the above, or simply enjoy a challenge, then Latin is for you. This course is for people who have studied some Latin (however long ago!) and would like to take their studies further. You will continue to study the grammar of the Latin language and the the context in which it was written: the city of Rome and the Roman Empire.

Course aim

This course is for those who have learnt some Latin and would like to take it further or refresh very rusty Latin. The level is equivalent to the second year of a GCSE course.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This starting point of this course is equivalent to the second year of a GCSE course and is not suitable for beginners.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • use a vocabulary of 475 Latin words (with 50 new words to be learnt in this course)
  • understand what is mean by the subjunctive mood, and how to form the imperfect and pluperfect subjunctive
  • form and translate nouns of the 4th and 5th declensions
  • form and translate complex Latin sentences using constructions such as purpose clauses, indirect commands and result clauses
  • translate simple sentences from English into Latin using the grammar learnt in this course (optional)

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

The textbook for this course is Henry Cullen & John Taylor "Latin to GCSE Part 2" (Bloomsbury: ISBN 10 - 1780934416). It is available from Amazon (£12.69), Blackwells (£12.47), Waterstones (£14.99) and other booksellers. It may also be available secondhand.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Latin for Improvers 3 with Penelope Fewster

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