Latin for Pleasure - Beginners

Ref: C3679118

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 this course is for you. You will be introduced to the basics of the Latin language and the the context in which it was written, the city of Rome and the Roman Empire. This course is a continuation of an autumn course and so assumes some knowledge of the rudiments of Latin

Course aim

This course is a continuation of a course offered in the autumn term teaching Latin to beginners

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • An autumn course covered chapters 1-3 of the recommended textbook. If you did not take the this course, you must have previously learnt this grammar or be prepared to catch up independently. The tutor is happy to advise and all basics will be revised at the beginning of the spring course

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

  • read sentences and extended passages of Latin adapted for beginners
  • form and translate nouns of the 1st, 2nd declension & 3rd declension
  • form and translate adjectives, both 2:1:2 adjectives & adjectives of the 3rd declension
  • form and translate the present, imperfect, future and perfect tenses of the Latin verb in all the conjugations
  • use a vocabulary of at least 200 Latin words

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • 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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The textbook for this course is 'Latin to GCSE 1' by Henry Cullen and John Taylor (Bloomsbury 2016). It is available from Amazon, Blackwells, Waterstones and other booksellers.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Although no pre reading or pre course work is required, you will find it helpful to quickly revise the grammar and vocabulary from chapters 1-3 of the textbook. However, we will also revise this in the first session so don't worry too much!

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

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Latin for Pleasure - Beginners

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions
  • I declare that the address I have provided is correct and that I will provide evidence of this and my eligibility to live and work in the UK

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