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Latin Language (Beginners')


(depending on year of study)


For 2017/18, we have three parallel groups, meeting three times a week. Two will use Familia Romana, the other the Warwick Latin Course.

There will be four interim exams, each worth 10% of the module, as follows:

T1, Monday week 6 (6/11), 1pm – Lib2

T2, wk 1, (8/1/18), 10am – Lib2

T2, wk 6, (12/2/18), 10am – Lib2

T3, wk 1, (23/4/18), 11am – Lib2


Many students are keen to have the opportunity to study Latin for the first time; others are apprehensive, especially if they have not much experience of learning a foreign language or have not had done so well in learning a language earlier on at school. Do not worry: we know all this and plan the year accordingly, and the current first year have just achieved an impressive set of results.

If you want to get ahead before arriving on campus, then the Open University has a free introduction to the language which takes around 10 hours to complete. It introduces some of the key concepts and gets you to think explicitly about your learning techniques (a key area!). So if you fall into the 'apprehensive' category, you I advise you to work through this before arriving.

You can find the course by clicking here. If you find it helpful, let me know.

Alternatively, if you have done some Latin, along time ago, you may want to look back at this. Most in this situation used the CLC. Why not remind yourself of Caecilius and his friends in Book 1? Don't worry about 'getting it right'. Just read through and get the gist - and enjoy. You may be able to borrow a copy from your old school.


This module offers the opportunity to learn the basics of the Latin language and is designed for students who have little or no previous experience of the language. The department believes that language is at the heart of the discipline and all students should, at the minimum, have a basic knowledge of one of the classical languages. It is the suggested language option for first years who are not experienced linguists. This module is a core module and first years from the Department taking the module must pass it in order to proceed to their second year.

The department welcomes enquiries from Warwick students outside the Classics Department. Potential non-classicists should email the module co-ordinator to signify their interest.


There are three hours of teaching each week. Attendance is required at all classes. If you are ill, you should contact your lecturer by email as soon as possible giving an indication of why you could not be expected to attend. In the absence of any such email, attendance will be noted as unauthorised. Our experience is that regular attendance is the single most important factor for success on this module.


Language Clinics and Office Hours are an important part of the module, offering students the opportunity to sort out areas of uncertainty as the module progresses. Each module tutor has their hours displayed outside their office. Office hours are held during each teaching week of the university term. Alternatively, email your tutor to arrange a convenient time.


There are four exams during the course and one at the end.

Please note the following:

  • If you do not sit an exam at the time arranged, you cannot sit it at a later date.
  • If you are too ill to sit the exam, university regulations require you to provide a medical note from your GP confirming that you were unfit to sit the exam on that day.
  • All exams require you to bring your university card to confirm your identity.

Module convenor: Mr Clive Letchford