Latin for Beginners

Ref: C3673616

This course is for those students who have completed Book I of the Cambridge Latin Course or who have some knowledge of Latin from previous study and wish to revise or develop that knowledge. Continuing to work through the Cambridge Latin Course, this course will introduce a wider range of grammar and vocabulary to build upon that introduced in the first term. There will be translations from Latin to English and a range of grammatical exercises to complete from Book II as well as additional material to extend language knowledge and provide further information about the Roman world. In Book II of the Cambridge Latin Course the stories are set not in Pompeii but in Roman Britain. This gives an opportunity to look in more detail at life in Roman Britain.

Course aim

Using Cambridge Latin Course Book II, this course will consolidate and extend the language knowledge and skills developed in term one and will look at life in Roman Britain.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Recognise and translate the present, imperfect, perfect and pluperfect tenses from Latin to English.
  • Demonstrate understanding of and translate relative clauses from Latin to English.
  • Recognise and use Latin pronouns.
  • Comment on at least five key events in the history of Roman Britain.
  • Recognise and demonstrate ability to translate at least five Latin sayings or mottoes.

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 may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

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

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Students will need their own copy of Cambridge Latin Course Book II (Cambridge University Press), ISBN 978-0-521-64468-6

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Revision of vocabulary and grammar introduced in Cambridge Latin Course Book I

What can I do next?

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Latin for Beginners


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