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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.

Requires no prior knowledge. Introduces several nouns, adjectives and verbs through various readings and other material while following the recommended text to allow to easy reference and practice between sessions.


  • 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; first two principal parts of the verb
  • Syntax and other: sentence patterns; direct statements and questions; prepositional phrases


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

Oxford Latin Course Part I – Student Book by Maurice Balme and James Morwood (Oxford University Press Second Edition) ISBN 9780199122264

Based on Chapters 1–8 of the above text. The text is used for activities and forms the basis for consolidation and practice.

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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!

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Latin Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

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