Latin Post-Beginner 2 (MLT2117)

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: MLT2116, GCSE grade B/C, 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 over 12 weeks, starting in Week 1 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: N/A

Assuming successful completion of the Post-Beginner 1 unit or equivalent, this unit provides the linguistic and cultural skills required for a solid understanding of the language and culture of ancient Rome in order to study authentic classical and medieval texts presenting significant challenges. 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 A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • Demonstrate a theoretical and practical understanding of complex Latin grammar and syntax.
  • Demonstrate the acquisition of an extended 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 command of register, style, etymology and idiomatic structures.
  • Read (mostly) authentic texts in Latin with confidence in order to extract detailed information on life, religion, traditions and literature of the Roman civilisation.
  • Progress independently in their specialist 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, learning independently.

Set Textbook:

  • Oxford Latin Course, Part 3: Student's Book (2nd Edition), Balme, M. and Morwood, J. (OUP: 1997), ISBN: 978-0199122288.
  • Collins Latin Dictionary & Grammar, (COLLINS: 2006), ISBN:978-0007224395

Recommended Textbook:

  • N/A.

Summative assessment (compulsory for credited students):

  • Independent Study Record: Online Blackboard 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%):  2-hour 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.

This module can be validated as part of the following schemes:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • MLTC Certificate of Attendance or Completion
  • Higher Education Achievement Record
  • Doctoral Development Programme & Research Training Programme

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 9 July 2020