Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

LANG1116 - Initiation to Latin

Credits : 5

Lecturer :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first and second term, 60 hours of theory.

Timetable :
First term
Wednesday from 08:30 to 10:30 at 109 Marais 101
Second term
Wednesday from 08:30 to 10:30
Wednesday from 10:45 to 11:45

Language of instruction :

Learning outcomes :
At the end of the course, the students should be able:
1. to master the bases
- of nominal and verbal morphology of classical Latin
- of the syntax of classical Latin (syntax of cases and of prepositions),
- of the classical Latin vocabulary (about 800 words);
2. to use correctly these language skills, both in the exploitation of Latin texts provided with their translation and in the personal translation of Latin texts (elementary level texts with annotations).

Prerequisites :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
The course is a methodical and structured summary of the bases of morphology and syntax of classical Latin.
It is based on exercises of declination and conjugation as well as translation exercises that are always in relation with the studied grammatical subjects.
The course works around a progressive learning of basic vocabulary (following a programme announced at the beginning of the year).
The course will pay particular attention to the implementation of an adapted translation approach, which can be applied to any Latin excerpt that has not been studied in class and indicates an adequate use of tools such as the dictionary and grammar.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
The course alternates between lecture and student participation, leaving much room for interactivity. The theoretical notions are explained by the professor through the lecture based on the written support provided to the students. Students' participation is constantly required: supervised exercises in class; homework for the following course; possibility to ask questions relating to the lecture; possibility to ask, at the beginning of each session, clarifications on the previous sessions; regular revision of the studied notions, which will be assessed through occasional tests.

Assessment methods and criteria :
Conditions of the formative assessment:
The weekly exercises in class and at home, as well as the occasional tests should enable the students to assess their progress.
The students may also resort to Latin computer software (computer room).

Conditions of the summative assessment (Q1 - 40% - Q2 60%)
Written examination in january, june and august.
Grammatical cours distribution : see document on Moodle
In case of obligation of remote exams : oral exams on teams and written exams on moodle.

Recommended or required reading :
A.-M. Boxus et M. Lavency, Clauis, Paris-Gembloux, 3e éd., 1999.

Other information :
1) "Lexique alphabétique latin - français [Fréquences 1 et 2]", Anne-Marie Boxus and Dominique Longrée (2009-2010)
2) "Initiation à la langue latine - Exercices et textes", Muriel Lenoble (2020)
3) "Initiation à la langue latine - Précis grammatical", Muriel Lenoble (2020)
4) "Inititation à la langue latine - Aperçu d'histoire de la littérature latine", Muriel Lenoble (2020)