Course code: LPXR602P
Subject area: Languages
Study level: Part Time
Course level: U
6:45pm - 8:45pm
13th Jan 2022 - 7th Jul 2022
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.
Following on from the Beginners A course, this course will lead you to a point where you can access these texts in the original language. Aiding yourself with a facing translation, you will be able to follow the Latin language version and thereby gain a deeper understanding of the contents and culture. You will also be able to read and understand simpler texts with no guidance from an existing translation.
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.
Contents: the third, fourth, and fifth nominal declensions; the adjective, its formation and usage; the verb in the perfect system (active and passive) and in the present participle. We will also introduce some subordinate clauses with the indicative, and if time allows we will discuss the formation and use of the subjunctive.
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: 24/02/22, 14/04/22, 21/04/22 and 02/06/22.
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.
16 - 18 Fee
Tuition Fee: £176.00Exam Fee: £0.00
Total Cost: £176.00
19+ Reduced Fee
Tuition Fee: £0.00Exam Fee: £0.00
Total Cost: £0.00