Latin Beginner 2 (MLT116B)

Based on 36 hours of interactive seminars, the unit also comprises 64 hours of monitored private study.


  • University credits: 10
  • University levels: 1-4
  • Pre-requisite: MLT116A, GCSE grade E, CEF A1-
  • Co-requisite: N/A.
  • Availability: Students, members of staff, members of the public
  • Teaching period: Spring semester (see timetables & course dates)
  • Contact times: 3 hours per week (two sessions in a week) over 12 weeks, starting in Week 1 of the semester.
  • Group size: Maximum of 23.
  • Language Co-ordinator: Anna Ferrarese
  • Module Leader: Anna Ferrarese
  • Pathway: MLT2116

Assuming successful completion of the Beginner 1 unit or equivalent, this unit aims to provide an extended foundation in the language and culture of ancient Rome for the study of simple classical and medieval texts, or for a better 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 further 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 common grammar terminology and manipulate essential Latin grammar and syntax.
  • Demonstrate the acquisition of an extended 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, demonstrating an awareness of register, style, etymology and tense rendition.
  • Read simple or simplified texts in Latin in order to extract key information on daily-life, religion and literature of the Roman civilisation.
  • Study and research common 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, taking intercultural differences and language barriers into account, learning independently.

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Information last updated: 18 October 2021