Module Details

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Code CLAH401
Coordinator Dr FMA Jones
Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 4 FHEQ First Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:


Additional Programme Information



This module introduces Latin to students who have not necessarily studied a foreign language in depth before;

With the help of standard terms for classifying and analysing the elements of the language's fabric, the module shows how words in Latin interact with each other ('Grammar') and how they change their shapes (cf. English, 'I eat, he eat s' ) as part of this process ('morphology'), forming phrases and building into sentences;

The module builds on the step by step addition to knowledge of grammar and uses practice sentences and passages, aimed at developing the student's ability to translate Latin of increasing literary and linguistic sophistication;

Students are expected to memorise Latin words and build their vocabulary. The module also aims to begin the process of learning about Roman history and culture via engagement with concepts and words in the original language.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students who take this module will be able to use traditional grammar to analyse sentences in English and Latin, and to read and translate short passages of Latin prose.

(LO2) Transferable Skills.This module is designed to foster the following transferable skills, not all of which are directly tested in the assessment: Knowledge: recall morphological sets and grammatical rulesRecall vocabularyUnderstanding: Be able to use morphology and rules to translate sentences and passages accuratelyBe aware of un-English word order principlesBe aware of un-English pronoun usageBe aware of un-English language soundBe aware of different sociological frames for some lexical itemsBe able to use principle translation strategies (top-down bottom-up; information sequencing; need-to-know; phrase-buildingBe aware of different learning methods

(LO3) Students who take this module will be trained in the use of:Grammatical terminology and analysis. Use and formation of nouns (5 declensions) Use and formation of verbs (4 conjugations and sum esse) Use and formation of adjectives (decelension 1/2 and 3) Transitive and intransitive sentences Apposition Use of prepositions Temporal clauses with ubi/postquam Formation and use of participles Verbs in the passive Indirect speech construction Use of volo, nolo, possum + infinitive

(S1) grammatical skill (recall and application of morphology and syntax)

(S2) awareness of English grammar

(S3) translation skills; awareness of translation strategies and appropriateness of style

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Other
Description: Students attend language classes in which exercises and oral questions and answers will be developed to shape learning. Interactive classes will be based on learning the Latin language through language exercises, and translation of sentences and passages. Since the grammar must be thoroughly absorbed, students who take this module will be expected to do a fair amount of rote-learning and there will be regular tests (with formative assessment) to encourage this.

Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Language classes; a combination of discursive explanation, demonstration, and practical language-work



Topics covered during the module may include: Grammatical terminology and analysis;

Use and formation of nouns (five declensions);

Use and formation of verbs (four conjugations and sum esse );

Use and formation of adjectives (decelension 1/2 and three);

Transitive and intransitive sentences;


Use of prepositions;

Temporal clauses with ubi/postquam;

Formation and use of participles;

Verbs in the passive;

Indirect speech construction;

Use of volo, nolo, possum and infinitive.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           33

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 117


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
24-hour online exam There is a resit opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.      100       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late

Recommended Texts

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