Intermediate Latin for Pleasure: translating selections from Latin Literature

Ref: C3670383

This course aims to promote enjoyment of reading Latin through grammar made fun and the reading of adapted and original excerpts from the best of classical literature.

Course aim

To promote enjoyment of reading classical Latin literature and to enable students whose Latin is basic or rusty to become independent readers of Latin

Who is the course for?

Students will need to have learnt the basics of Latin (all the noun declensions, tenses of the verb in the active and passive voices, indicative and subjunctive moods) and some of the major constructions of the complex sentence.

What topics will this course cover

Revision and development of grammar according to student needs. Translating sentences to embed grammar. Reading passages adapted from Latin literature to make them more accessible Reading with support excerpts from key Latin authors such as Virgil, Ovid and Cicero.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

Translate Latin with greater accuracy and confidence. Demonstrate increased confidence in tackling complex Latin sentences Show an understanding of the artistry of some key Latin authors Demonstrate improved ability to translate from English into Latin (optional)

How will I know I'm making progress?

Verbally throughout the course; translations submitted to the tutor will be marked with feedback and suggestions for next steps.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

A Latin grammar and dictionary are highly desirable; all texts will be supplied

Reading and information sources

No prior reading of preparation is essential: revision of grammar and vocabulary is always beneficial

What could the course lead to?

An advanced course in reading Latin literature with the WEA or other Further Education or Higher Education bodies. Students will also have better linguistic skills to pursue interests in family history, epigraphy, or some areas of science which use Latin terminology

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Intermediate Latin for Pleasure: translating selections from Latin Literature Course Outline


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