Let's Read More Latin

Ref: C2341590

We read original Latin literature from a variety of authors, building on students' previous experience in order to appreciate the range of styles and topics in both prose and verse. All this is supplemented with careful revision of grammar and syntax, including translation from English to Latin. For the first time we are progressing from individual sentences to short continuous passages. Our choice of literature for these sessions will be Cicero (Pro Manilia) and Juvenal - Satire 3 .

Course aim

The aim of the course is to widen the students' knowledge of the language, its structure and vocabulary in order to read and translate a variety of literature, both poetry and prose.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Students must be competent to GCSE level or beyond to join this course.

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

  • Demonstrate a greater understanding of the structure of Latin.
  • Show an increased command of basic vocabulary.
  • Read and translate passages from a wide range of texts of increasing difficulty.
  • Explore further aspects of Roman history, life and culture.
  • Read and recognize more readily the basic metres of Latin verse.

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
  • You will be asked to undertake work each week in preparation for the next class.This will include revision of grammar, with sentences from English into Latin. Also, two set passages of translation - prose and poetry.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • Essential to the students' progress is commitment to the preparation of assigned work to be covered in the next class.This enables them to feel directly involved, for any difficulties to be resolved and for general interaction.

What else do I need to know?

  • A basic Latin dictionary and any grammar books the students may wish to use.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • As stated above, GCSE Latin or beyond is the only requirement.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Continue with further Latin studies.

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