10 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: Assuming successful completion of the unit below (MLT116A Latin Beginner 1), a GCSE grade B/C or 5, or equivalent learning experience, this unit provides the linguistic and cultural skills required for a fair  understanding of the language and culture of ancient Rome in order to study authentic classical  texts of average difficulty . Of particular relevance to Linguists, Historians, Archaeologists, Theologians, and Musicians researching original documents, this unit should also be of interest to students of Law, Medicine, Chemistry, Biology and other modern sciences wishing to gain an advanced understanding of how modern languages and specialist terminology in their own disciplines are influenced by Latin. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: perform at a level equivalent to a solid GCSE demonstrate a practical understanding of some complex Latin grammar and syntax demonstrate the acquisition of a broad range of  common vocabulary as well as the ability to identify roots and cognates in English and possibly other languages carry out translations from and into Latin of simplified  texts, demonstrating a certain degree of awareness of register, style, etymology and idiomatic structures read semi- authentic texts in Latin with confidence in order to extract detailed information on life, religion, traditions and literature of the Roman civilisation study and research independently common aspects of the language, using tools such as paper and online grammar reference books, dictionaries and parallel texts demonstrate an initial competence in a number of transferable skills such as IT skills, presenting information, taking intercultural differences and language barriers into account, researching and learning independently.

Restrictions on availability: Students must have successfully completed the unit below (MLT116ALatin Beginner 1), or have a GCSE grade B/C or 5 in the language, or equivalent learning experience.

Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Presentation

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