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Unit information: Latin Language Level A1 in 2019/20

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Unit name Latin Language Level A1
Unit code CLAS30008
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Mr. Sharpley
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Classics & Ancient History
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit is designed for those who have little or no previous knowledge of Latin. You will learn all the fundamental morphology and syntax of classical Latin. It will provide a foundation upon which students can further develop their skills and knowledge of Latin.


  • To begin introducing students to the grammatical and syntactical structures associated with Latin
  • To begin introducing students to Latin vocabulary, syntax, and morphology
  • To begin developing students’ ability to read and translate Latin texts

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of Latin vocabulary at the standard of level A1
  2. Identify and discuss Latin morphology and syntax as appropriate to level A1
  3. Translate straightforward Latin into good English appropriate to level A1

Teaching details

2 x 2 hour seminar per week

Assessment Details

1 x 45-minute class test (25%) [ILOs 1 & 3]

1 x 2-hour exam (75%) [ILOs 1-3]

Reading and References

Lewis, C. T. 1891. An Elementary Latin Dictionary (Oxford: Clarendon).

In lieu of this paper dictionary, students may prefer the dictionary package in the SPQR app, available for Apple and Android.

The following websites are very useful for vocabulary and morphology memorisation and practice: