Latin - Beginners B

Course code: LPXR602P

Subject area: Languages

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

6:45pm - 8:45pm

Thursday

13th Jan 2022 - 7th Jul 2022

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

Contact details

enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

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.

If we decide to offer an Intermediate Latin course, this would of course be the natural progression. 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).
Latin Beginners A. Learners who have not attended this course should get in touch with the tutor to discuss whether they can join the class, for instance based on some previous learning experience.

Please note: Students 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 2021 prior to starting the course.
Course materials: Cambridge Latin Course volume II, 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: £176.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £176.00


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.