Latin Beginner 1 (MLT116A)

Based on 33 hours of interactive seminars, the unit also comprises 67 hours of monitored private study.


  • University credits: 10
  • University levels: 1-4
  • Pre-requisite: No previous learning experience
  • Co-requisite: N/A.
  • Availability: 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
  • Language Co-ordinator: Anna Ferrarese
  • Module Leader: Anna Ferrarese
  • Pathway: MLT116B

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.

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 civilisation.
  • 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. 

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Information last updated: 18 October 2021