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Latin Language: Aims and objectives

This module aims to foster a good vocabulary and to introduce complete beginners to the basic grammatical structures of Latin. This is achieved through extensive input of the language in classes, backed up by consolidation of reading and exercises manipulating vocabulary and accidence and syntax in independent study.


By the end of this module, students should expect to:

  • know all the designated vocabulary, accidence and syntax
  • to have developed reading and translation skills, involving an appreciation of the different linguistic structures encountered in an inflected language
  • have improved their study skills in learning a language
  • have cultivated their capacity for analytical and logical analysis
  • have improved their grasp of English grammar
  • appreciate the continuing influence of Latin on the English language

Students are encouraged to use the help that is always available to sort out any points of difficulty as they arise and not to get behind.

This module provides the necessary basis for those who continue their study of the language in 2019. Many students go on to the module Latin Language and Literature and read unadapted classical authors such as Cicero, Ovid and Virgil. For postgraduates who are studying aspects of the Renaissance, there is usually a reading class covering a variety of Renaissance authors which is designed to follow on from this module.