General Education course description

LATIN 100G Introduction to Latin Language 1


This page describes the General Education course, LATIN 100G Introduction to Latin Language 1. Includes the learning outcomes, topics covered, delivery format and timetable.

Schedule

Open

Semester

Semester One, 2017

Campus

City Campus

Description

As the language of the Roman Empire, the Catholic Church, and the educated citizens of Renaissance and Enlightenment Europe, Latin had a wide geographical reach and long-lasting influence. Latin still appears in many modern contexts, such as medicine, the natural sciences, law, and theology. This course will teach the fundamentals of Latin grammar and vocabulary. Students will learn via a text-based, explicitly grammatical framework, reading and translating simple phrases and sentences from original Latin sources. These texts will offer insight into the beliefs, history, and practices of Roman culture, increasing the students’ understanding of human and cultural diversity.

Who should take this course?

This is a beginner’s course in Latin which assumes no prior knowledge of the language. This course would benefit anyone interested in the origins of western civilization, language structure, English grammar, and linguistics. It would also assist students studying disciplines like law, science, theology, and medicine which have a strong tradition in Latin and still utilize its vocabulary extensively.  

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will have:

  • Learned to read and translate simple phrases and sentences from original Latin sources.
  • Acquired a vocabulary of common Latin words.
  • Developed an understanding of how modern English vocabulary incorporates and reflects Latin roots.
  • Learned a meta-language of grammatical concepts which allows for a better understanding of the basic functions of English syntax, vocabulary, and grammar.
  • Been exposed to a wide range of ancient authors from a variety of genres.
  • Gained an appreciation of Latin’s wide-reaching historical and cultural impact and considered how different languages lead people to express ideas in different ways.

Topics covered

  • Principles of reading Latin and translating between languages. 
  • Strategies for language acquisition.
  • Relationship between Latin and English.
  • Basics of Latin grammatical structure.
  • Latin parts of speech, including verbs, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, adverbs, etc.
  • Connection between the Latin language and Roman society.

Assessment

Quizzes (10%)

Assignment (10%)

Tests (30%)

Two-hour examination (50%)

Course coordinators

Jeremy Armstrong

Email: js.armstrong@auckland.ac.nz