Latin - Beginners

Course code: LPXT003P

Subject area: Languages

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

6:45pm - 8:45pm


12th Jan 2023 - 23rd Mar 2023

Cheney School

Contact details

01235 555 585

This course is designed for complete beginners with no background in any classical languages, or indeed no languages whatsoever. Have you always wanted to learn some Latin, or have you done a little bit of it at school and always thought it would be fun to pick it up again? Then this course is for you!

The language of ancient Rome, Latin is the entry point for an almost unlimited treasure trove of literature, from the speeches of Cicero to the histories of Tacitus and Livy, from the love poetry of Catullus to the comedies of Plautus and Terence. Each of these texts has been a formative influence on the literature of Western Europe and Britain.

This course will let you make a start into learning Latin. We will cover the basic aspects of noun and verb formation and usage, and start reading some simple sentences and texts together.

As a ‘dead’ language, Latin provides a challenging but fascinating entry point to language learning, with a strong focus on grammar and structures that will be especially attractive for learners who enjoy logic, maths, and puzzles of all kinds. It will also be a lot of fun for learners who already know or are studying a Romance language, such as French, Spanish, Italian, or Rumanian, as there will be lots of opportunities to talk about language history and where words come from. Finally, studying Latin can improve your understanding of your own native language, as well as challenge you to expand your views of what a language can do!

An overview of Latin grammar, with a special focus on word forms and simple sentences, building up to some notions of syntax and complex sentences. Throughout the course, grammar concepts will be introduced by seeing them at work in Latin texts.

The first weeks of the course will be dedicated to introducing the Latin case system and the function of cases, as well as some basic grammatical concepts that also apply to English. We will then cover the first and second nominal declensions; the verb in the present, imperfect, and future indicative.

Classes will be structured as a mix of grammar topics and exercises, with learners starting to read and translate short Latin texts as soon as possible, to provide a truly immersive learning experience. Depending on the learners’ interest, the English-to-Latin translation component will be a smaller or larger part of the course, but the main focus will continue to be on reading comprehension..

Please note there will be no teaching sessions on 28/10/2021

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

Latin Beginners B will build on the topics addressed in this course, for learners who want to continue their language learning. Moreover, this course would be an excellent introduction to structured language learning for any learners wanting to take more language courses in ‘living’ languages, especially Romance languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Rumanian, Portuguese).
There are no formal entry requirements. This is a course for those who is complete beginners, although it will be helpful to know if learners have any previous language learning experience.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2021.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2022 prior to starting the course.
Course materials: Cambridge Latin Course volume I, currently priced at £20 from most retailers (e.g. Blackwells).

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

16 - 18 Fee

19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £110.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £110.00

19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £0.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
Assessment will be based on class participation and homework (some simple reading exercises), which will evaluate how well learners are understanding the mechanisms of the Latin language and are able to apply this understanding to Latin texts. As this is meant to be an introductory course, I do not plan to set any tests for learners.