Latin for Pleasure

Ref: C3671046

Come and translate Latin in a friendly, supportive and stimulating group. We shall translate a wide range of extracts from Latin literature aimed to give students confidence in tackling a variety of styles and genres. Each week some aspect of grammar will be explained and practised. All students will have plenty of opportunities to translate, discuss and benefit from the wide range of insights provided by all the members of the class. Wherever possible we will consider the impact of Latin literature on modern European society and culture and its links to modern debates. Students will be invited to prepare some translation at home as well as translating unseen in class but the atmosphere is always relaxed and students can set their own pace for independent work. This course is for anyone who has basic competence in Latin (however rusty) and who wishes to gain first-hand experience of some of Europe's finest literature and its continued fascination for people today.

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

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

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 be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will always be invited to translate some Latin at home and some student will also take the option of translating from English into Latin. If you do this, you will gain much more from the class but there is no compulsion.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • If you choose to do some English into Latin translation you will get written feedback on your work with specific indications as to your strength and areas which you could work on.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Students will find it beneficial to have their own dictionary and grammar. The tutor will be happy to advice on the choice of these.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

Download full course outline

Latin for Pleasure Course Outline

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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