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LATI9002 Latin Language Stage 1 and 2 accelerated

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of every language course at the University is to enable you to communicate in your target language (TL) at that particular level. In the context of a dead language, this means that you will develop your proficiency in listening, reading, and writing so as to eventually be able to deal with authentic material from a period relevant to you. The module aims for you to understand all the things which affect decoding of authentic material, including knowledge of how the language was used, how to analyse it, and the cultural contexts in which it was spoken. The module further incorporates a research skills element which will enable you to tackle epigraphical or manuscript material with a degree of confidence and to understand the principles underlying the scholarly edition of text. Successful completion of Stages 1 & 2 is approximately equivalent to reaching Level B1 of the Common European Framework or Level 2 of the National Language Standards, a good AS level or C at A level. After completing this single semester module, as a competent language user at the end of Stage 2, and after a notional 300 hours of study time (class contact plus independent learning), you should have skills, knowledge and understanding in the areas outlined below. These are expressed in terms of what you should know and/or be able to do by the end of this module.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Reading: - Identify key words in predictable written and spoken language, and begin to guess the meaning of unknown words with some degree of success using appropriate clues such as grammatical structure, morphology, and context. - Use a bilingual dictionary and basic grammar reference materials effectively to check grammar and key vocabulary. - Use knowledge of grammar to analyse and decode written text. - Use a widened repertoire of skills in using resources for independent language learning in order to practise and extend vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation and to achieve the productive and receptive learning outcomes of this Stage. - Understand the editorial principles underlying the scholarly editions of text used in your course material.
  • Production Speaking: - Go some way to reproducing Classical and Medieval Latin pronunciation. Writing: - Edit basic epigraphical material according to standard conventions - Edit basic manuscript material according to standard conventions.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • - Learning, research and organisational skills
  • - Communication skills: written, oral, and IT
  • - Intercultural and interpersonal skills
  • - Time management
  • - Perseverance
  • - Development of memory
  • - Attention to detail
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Language learning strategies: - Use a bilingual dictionary and basic grammar reference materials effectively to check grammar and key vocabulary. - Use knowledge of grammar to analyse and decode written text. - Use a widened repertoire of skills in using resources for independent language learning in order to practise and extend vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation and to achieve the productive and receptive learning outcomes of this Stage.
  • Language knowledge and awareness: - Be aware of some forms of language use which vary according to period and genre. - Know sufficient metalanguage (terminology) in English or your first language to understand and construct simple grammatical descriptions. - Know the basic and some complex grammatical structures of the TL and a range of vocabulary in everyday situations and on familiar topics. - Begin to understand the ways in which the TL is different from your first language.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the target language and culture: - Have an outline knowledge of key areas of the target language culture, such as the use of the language in different periods and genres, basic geography, significant people, places, arts and events
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • - Extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources.
  • - Engage in analytical and evaluative thinking.
  • - Develop problem-solving skills.

Syllabus

This Stage will integrate topics and, where appropriate, specialist areas with the study of the language. There will be a particular emphasis on consolidating knowledge and use of grammar. Course books, reference material and topic-based material will be used as appropriate. Some of the material will be derived from authentic texts. Independent learning material will be available in the Hartley library and on Blackboard.

Special Features

Since Latin is no longer spoken, the oral element which forms a major component of most language courses, is not relevant. Students will not be expected to speak the language. Instead, the emphasis is on analysis of texts, grammar and cultural understanding. This module, being primarily aimed at postgraduate students, also contains a research skills element.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The combination of direct teaching, opportunities for participation, and support for resource-based independent study are specifically designed to ensure that you can achieve communicative competence as outlined in the learning outcomes above. Classes Although part of any class session is likely to involve direct teaching, the emphasis is on student participation and you will be expected to take part actively in discussion and in tasks like small group and pair work. The tutor will give you plenty of support to build your confidence and, particularly in the case of assessed work, will provide feedback which will help you to improve. Independent Learning You will also be expected to spend time studying outside the class, and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. As you progress through the language stages you will learn to understand, monitor and improve your own learning style; you will also acquire some expertise as a researcher and develop the kind of key skills which are valued by employers. You are encouraged to use the resources at the Hartley Library. These facilities include specialist dictionaries, reference grammars and texts. For this Stage, you will be asked to consolidate your class work, to memorise paradigms, to read material in the target language, to prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write assignments, undertake projects and continue to build a repertoire of effective language learning strategies.

TypeHours
Completion of assessment task40
Independent Study2
Revision40
Follow-up work40
Preparation for scheduled sessions42
Wider reading or practice40
Tutorial96
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Resources. You will find many of the recommended learning and reference materials in the Hartley library. You will normally be expected to buy a course book and a dictionary for this beginner’s module but there will also be a large number of resources made available via Blackboard. As we regularly review the materials used for our modules, please check before buying the course book or a dictionary.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

At the beginning of the module, you will receive information about your assessment. This will include: - what tasks you will be expected to carry out. - clear criteria against which your work will be assessed. - what the provisional date and deadline of each assessment task is. Note that it is the responsibility of students to ensure that they have read and understood this documentation, to plan their work schedule in advance, and to keep to the deadlines. If you are in any doubt, talk to the module coordinator in good time. Formal assessment Coursework (40%) - 2 x protfolio assignments, each one being weighted at 20% Examination (60%) - One 2 hour examination Assessment will cover what you have studied in class and what you are expected to have acquired as an independent learner. The design of the tasks and the criteria by which they are assessed ensure that you will be able to demonstrate all aspects of your learning: language skills, strategies and knowledge related to language learning, and key skills. Coursework and the in-class exam will give you formative feedback on your progress, that is, feedback which will help you learn. The exam at the end of the module will test what you have achieved and also what you are able to do in real life conditions of language use where you need to think on your feet and use your own linguistic resources.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 40%
Exam  (2 hours) 60%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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