Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is intended for students who are studying abroad in the Autumn term of their second year. It can only be taken with the approval of the Departmental Director of Teaching and Learning and relevant colleagues in the Department of Classics.


The module aims to introduce students to reading Latin authors in the original, and to develop further knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary. In addition, students will gain practice in the analysis of the literary texts studied.

Assessable learning outcomes:

It is expected that students will be able to:

gain an appreciation of all the basic grammatical forms and structures of Latin;

translate short unadapted passages from Ancient Greek authors;

analyse the style and context of the texts studied.

Additional outcomes:

The module also encourages the development of skills in written communication and work in groups.

Outline content:

The course meets for three hours each week. The module consolidates and extends grammatical knowledge and understanding, and/or introduces Latin texts.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module is conducted in seminars encouraging participation by students in translation and discussion. In autumn term the module is devoted to completing study of grammar and syntax.  In the spring term texts read may include a simple Latin text e.g. Catullus, letters of Pliny, Cena Trimalchionis. At least one hour per week will be devoted to review of grammar and syntax.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 30
Guided independent study: 70
Total hours by term 100
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Class test administered by School 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Summative assessment will consist of a one hour test administered in the Department at the end of the term in which the module is taught. In conjunction with successful completion of appropriate module/s of Latin studied abroad, this module will provide a basis for progression in the Classics degree.

Formative assessment methods:

Formative coursework will take the form of tests of knowledge of grammar and the ability to translate, as deemed appropriate. 

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

40% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-examination in August. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books:

2) Specialist equipment or materials:

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:

4) Printing and binding:

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 

Last updated: 4 April 2020


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