Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Latin Grammar and Syntax 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Classics and Archaeology

DESCRIPTION Students here learn Latin Grammar, that is, the five declensions of nouns, the three declensions of adjectives, the personal, possessive, reflexive, demonstrative, emphatic, relative and interrogative pronouns, the four conjugations in both voices, deponent verbs, adverbs, numbers and the moods: indicative, imperative, participle, infinitive and subjunctive. Of the subjunctive mood, the student will learn the use of exhortation, wish for the future, prohibition and cum-clauses. The explanation of the grammar is illustrated by examples taken from the English language, while attention is given to word order and style, as well as the right use of the lexicon.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit is intended to train students in the following:
- basic grammar of the Latin Language;
- the fundamental points of syntax of the Latin Language;
- analytical skills of language through graded translation of English sentences into Latin.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Identify all the major grammatical issues of Latin;
- Recognise and deal with simple syntactical features of Latin.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Translate English sentences of basic to intermediate complexity into Latin;
- Through the exercise of translation into Latin, engage analytically with the problems of grammar and syntax;
- Develop a more analytical mind in problem-solving;
- To translate into Latin ordinary sentences from English involving all grammar and simply syntax.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Hillard and Botting (2012). Elementary Latin exercises. Duckworth.
- Kennedy, B. H., (2010) The revised Latin primer. Longman.
- Lewis and Short, (1980) A Latin dictionary. Oxford.
- North and Hillard (2012). Latin Prose composition. Duckworth.


ADDITIONAL NOTES Reassessment is 100% Examination (2 Hours).


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork [See Add. Notes] SEM1 Yes 50%
Homework [See Add. Notes] SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Horatio C. R. Vella

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