MLT116A Latin Beginner 1
University credits 10
University levels 1-4
Pre-requisite No previous learning experience
Co-requisite N/A.
Public Students, members of staff, members of the public
Teaching period Autumn semester. See: Timetables & course dates
Contact times 3 hours per week (two sessions in a week) over 11 weeks, starting in Week 2 of the semester.
Group size Maximum of 23


Assuming no prior knowledge of the language, this unit aims to provide an initial foundation in the language and culture of ancient Rome for the study of basic classical and medieval texts, or for an elementary understanding of how modern languages such as English are influenced by their Latin origins. Of particular relevance to Linguists, Historians, Archaeologists, Theologians and Musicians, this unit should also be of interest to students of Law, Medicine, Chemistry, Biology and other modern sciences wishing to investigate the etymology of specialist terminology used in their disciplines. Based on 33 hours of interactive seminars, the unit also comprises 67 hours of monitored private study.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

- Perform at a level equivalent to Level A1- of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
- Demonstrate a practical understanding of basic grammar terminology and manipulate basic Latin grammar and syntax.
- Demonstrate the acquisition of basic vocabulary as well as the ability to identify roots and cognates in English and possibly other languages.
- Carry out simple translations from and into Latin, taking into account basic features relating to register, style and etymology.
- Read basic or highly simplified texts in Latin in order to extract key information on daily-life, religion and literature of the Roman civilization.
- Study and research simple aspects of the language by themselves, using essential tools such as paper and online grammar reference books and dictionaries.
- Demonstrate awareness in a number of transferable skills such as IT skills, presenting information, intercultural differences, language awareness, and learning independently. 


Set Textbook:
- Oxford Latin Course, Part I: Student's Book (2nd Edition) , Balme, M. and Morwood, J. (OUP: 1996), ISBN: 978-0199122264.

Collins Latin Dictionary & Grammar, (COLLINS: 2006), ISBN:978-0007224395

Recommended Textbook:
- N/A.
Assessment & Feedback

Summative assessment (compulsory for credited students):
- Independent Study Record: Online Mole submission by the Friday of Week 11. The final mark of the module is capped if the ISR is not submitted, submitted late, or unsatisfactorily completed.
- Written Test (20%): In-class translation from Latin into English in Week 9.
- Written Examination (80%):  1h30 assessment during the examination period including grammar exercises and a translation from Latin into English.

Formative assessment : One piece of set written homework and one in-class written test.

Feedback: In addition to on-going individual and collective feedback during class-activities, all learners are encouraged to submit the formative assessment for individual correction and feedback during the semester.
Validation & Recognition Click here for the criteria to validate this module as part of the following schemes:
- Undergraduate degree
- MLTC Certificate of Attendance or Completion
- Higher Education Achievement Record
- Doctoral Development Programme & Research Training Programme
Language Co-ordinator Anna Ferrarese
Module Leader Anna Ferrarese