Latin Post-Beginner 1 (MLT2116)

Based on 33 hours of interactive seminars (subject to sufficient student numbers on enrolment), the unit also comprises 67 hours of monitored private study.


  • University credits: 10
  • University levels: 1-4
  • Pre-requisite: MLT116B, GCSE grade D/E, CEF A1
  • 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 over 11 weeks, starting in Week 2 of the semester. Contact time may be reduced to 2 hours per week if fewer than 8 students are enrolled on the course.
  • Group size: Maximum of 23.
  • Language Co-ordinator: Anna Ferrarese
  • Module Leader: Anna Ferrarese
  • Pathway: MLT2117

Assuming a good foundation in the language, this unit aims to provide the linguistic and cultural skills required for a sound understanding of the language and culture of ancient Rome in order to study authentic classical and medieval texts of average difficulty. Of particular relevance to Linguists, Historians, Archaeologists, Theologians, and Musicians researching original documents, this unit should also be of interest to students of Law, Medicine, Chemistry, Biology and other modern sciences wishing to gain an advanced understanding of how modern languages and specialist terminology in their own disciplines are influenced by Latin.

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 theoretical and practical understanding of advanced Latin grammar and syntax.
  • Demonstrate the acquisition of common vocabulary as well as the ability to identify roots and cognates in English and possibly other languages.
  • Carry out translations from and into Latin of semi-authentic texts, demonstrating an initial command of register, style, etymology, and common idiomatic structures.
  • Read (mostly) authentic texts in Latin in order to extract fairly detailed information on life, religion, traditions and literature of the Roman civilisation.
  • Progress independently in their general study of the language in relation to their own field of interest, using tools such as paper and online grammar reference books, dictionaries and parallel texts.
  • Demonstrate competence in a number of transferable skills such as IT skills, presenting information, taking intercultural differences and language barriers into account, and learning independently.

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Information last updated: 18 October 2021