Centre for Continuing Education

Latin Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

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If you want to learn Latin our Latin classes are ideal for adult learners to enjoy a practical and social experience while you learn. Learn Latin the smart way with Latin courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

This beginner’s course introduces Latin sentence patterns, vocabulary and grammar through readings and exercises, while following the recommended text to allow to easy reference and practice between sessions. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Read and translate short passages in Latin with fluency and enjoyment.
  2. Recall vocabulary to be learnt from the prescribed text.
  3. Distinguish the nominative, vocative, accusative and ablative noun and adjective cases, and their uses within sentences.
  4. Differentiate the first, second and third noun declensions, and all verb conjugations.
  5. Analyse and explain basic grammatical concepts and constructions.
  6. Apply knowledge of Latin vocabulary and grammar to the completion of set exercises.

Content

This course covers the following topics:

  • Nouns and adjectives: first, second and third declensions; gender of nouns; nominative, vocative, accusative and ablative cases; agreement of adjectives
  • Verbs: present indicative active of the five regular conjugations and irregular verbs ire, esse and posse; present infinitives; imperative mood; first two principal parts of the verb; concepts of transitive, intransitive and compound verbs
  • Syntax and other: pronunciation of Latin words; sentence patterns; inflexion of word endings, direct statements, questions and commands; prepositional phrases

Delivery

This course is delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

Students should read the upcoming material before each meeting and complete the set exercises for homework. This is an essential part of learning and revising.

Prescribed text

Maurice Balme and James Morwood (1996), Oxford Latin Course Part I – Student Book, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780199122264

This course is based on Chapters 1–8 of the above text.

Optional text

James Morwood (1999), A Latin Grammar, Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780198601999

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to 5 days prior to commencement.

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Please Note

Selected Language and Culture courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.

Features

Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

What others say.

  • We had a fantastic tutor, full of knowledge and great patience, and an understanding for those learning Latin at a beginners stage. The wealth of experience in teaching is evident with a great understanding on how best to introduce and help beginners memorise important concepts. It was a joy to listen to classical Latin texts and learn about authors, and even dip into the Ancient Greeks as well.

  • The tutor is an excellent teacher who is thorough and meticulous in the coverage given to the grammar and vocabulary.

  • I loved the course. It has deepened my understanding of the English language and inspired a greater love for Latin and a desire for further study in the area. Gratias!

  • One of the best introductory courses I have done. A brilliant teacher; very helpful , patient and generous with their time. They were non-judgemental and very kind. They assumed no knowledge among the students and would patiently assist us all in times of difficulty. I would highly recommend this course to anyone. I will be enrolling in subsequent courses. Great teacher, great course, brilliant university!

$345 Limited inc GST
Latin Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

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What others say.

  • One of the best introductory courses I have done. A brilliant teacher; very helpful , patient and generous with their time. They were non-judgemental and very kind. They assumed no knowledge among the students and would patiently assist us all in times of difficulty. I would highly recommend this course to anyone. I will be enrolling in subsequent courses. Great teacher, great course, brilliant university!