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Classical Latin

This course can be taken for credit

General LFA (19-week course)

Level 1

Classical Latin Level 1 (LFA00018L)

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at those with no previous knowledge of the target language. It is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

Duration and mode of delivery

19 weeks over 3 terms

We are committed to on-campus face-to-face teaching.

The following principles apply to all our courses:

  • Places will be assigned on a first come first served basis 
  • The learning aims and objectives of our courses are unchanged, as are the breadth and depth of content.
  • The workload remains in accordance with academic requirements (20 credits = 200 hours of learning).
  • Interaction with peers and tutors remains at the heart of our course design and delivery.
  • You need to have access to a laptop or desktop and internet connection (please check the minimum specifications)

Aims

The course has three key aims:

  • to provide a sound foundation in grammar;
  • to cover basic forms and develop a core vocabulary;
  • to start reading extracts from Latin authors;
  • to place Latin in its historical context by introducing aspects of Roman culture and civilization
  • to enable the student to identify and find relevant resources, both library and web-based, so that further private study can be pursued.

Objectives

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • read and understand classical Latin at a sound basic level;
  • use a range of internet resources to further your study and understanding of the language and Roman life and culture;
  • understand how an inflected language works;
  • use a Latin dictionary and grammar tables to work out difficult material you have not met before;
  • apply your knowledge to understand later types of Latin;
  • see how Latin roots have been adopted in English and other modern languages.

Teaching method

The course is taught using handouts that provide a useful overview of the grammar and vocabulary required. The VLE will also provide further support and materials.

To know what resources you will need to support your studies, please check our course material webpage.

Time commitment

In addition to your 2 hour face-to-face sessions per week, you will be expected to spend around 2-3 hours each week on independent study, as advised by your tutor.

Assessment and certification

Students’ performance will be monitored through formative work throughout the year and assessed via an end of year exam. The exam is mandatory for students taking the LFA modules for credit and optional for extracurricular students and members of the public. 

An LFA certificate will be awarded to participants who pass the end of year exam. Assessment details will be available by the start of the module.

Level 2

Classical Latin Level 2 (LFA00037L) 

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at those with some previous knowledge of the target language. It is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

Duration and mode of delivery

19 weeks over 3 terms

We are committed to on-campus face-to-face teaching.

The following principles apply to all our courses:

  • Places will be assigned on a first come first served basis 
  • The learning aims and objectives of our courses are unchanged, as are the breadth and depth of content.
  • The workload remains in accordance with academic requirements (20 credits = 200 hours of learning).
  • Interaction with peers and tutors remains at the heart of our course design and delivery.
  • You need to have access to a laptop or desktop and internet connection (please check the minimum specifications)

Aims

The course has three key aims:

  • to provide a sound comprehension of the Latin language for reading purposes;
  • to complement the study of Latin texts in other University departments;
  • to develop an understanding of the Roman literature in the context of the history and culture of Roman civilization.

Objectives

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • read and understand classical Latin at a sound intermediate level;
  • use a wide range of Internet resources to further your study and understanding of the language and Roman literature;
  • understand how an inflected language works in complex usage, including poetry;
  • use a Latin dictionary and grammar tables to work out challenging material you have not met before;
  • apply your knowledge to understand a good range of Latin;
  • appreciate how Latin has influenced English and other modern languages and literatures;
  • use the online resources to reinforce classes;
  • feel confident about pronouncing Latin correctly, and be aware of other acceptable styles of Latin pronunciation;
  • learn the basics of quantity and scansion in Latin poetry.

Teaching method

The course will be taught using Classical texts as reading material with a series of handouts covering syntax with practice material from online and other sources.

To know what resources you will need to support your studies, please check our course material webpage.

Time commitment

In addition to your 2 hour face-to-face sessions per week, you will be expected to spend around 2-3 hours each week on independent study, as advised by your tutor.

Assessment and certification

Students’ performance will be monitored through formative work throughout the year and assessed via an end of year exam. The exam is mandatory for students taking the LFA modules for credit and optional for extracurricular students and members of the public. 

An LFA certificate will be awarded to participants who pass the end of year exam. Assessment details will be available by the start of the module.

Register for a course

Our Registration page has an up-to-date list of which courses are on offer in 2022/23.

Year-long course fees 2022/23

£0 if taken for credit

£245 University of York students

£325 over 60s/students from other universities/schools (You will be required to provide proof that you are eligible for this discounted rate)

£370 University of York staff/public