Latin 2 - 3rd Term

Course summary

  • Fri 21 Apr 2017 to Fri 19 May 2017
  • 10:30am-12:30pm 5 meetings
  • Ewert House, Ewert Place, Oxford, OX2 7DD
  • From £115.00
  • 5 CATS points
  • Course code O16P686XLW
  • +44 (0)1865 280892
  • In progress - closed to new applications

Latin 2 - 3rd Term


This 10-week consolidation course is based on the syllabus of the previous two terms and is primarily tailored to meet the needs of students who completed the weekly class, but new students who are at the appropriate level of proficiency are also welcome. Students who missed some classes during the first two terms and wish to catch up for the next level up in the next academic year are encouraged to join.

This is a course for learners who have some basic Latin and is suitable for those who have completed Latin 1. We will use sections 3 and 4 of Jones and Sidwell's 'Reading Latin'

This course builds on Latin 1 but is also suitable for people wishing to refresh their Latin.  The group size will be kept small (typically between 10-15) to allow plenty of opportunity for exchange between tutor and students.  We will be following the central chapters of Jones and Sidwell's lively textbook Reading Latin, using adapted extracts from Plautus and Cicero.  It is expected that students beginning the course will be familiar with all main noun and adjective declensions; the present, future and perfect of active verbs; present and future of deponent verbs.  The course will add in remaining tenses, the passive voice and some subjunctive forms, although full coverage of the subjunctive's uses and other advanced syntax is reserved until Latin 3.  Students will be expected to prepare work and study at home

Programme details

The programme will be tailored to suit the specific needs of the group to enhance the relevant skills and knowledge. Students are encouraged to express their needs to the tutor who will aim to address these during the ten weeks.


Background Reading List

Jones P.V. and Sidwell K.,Reading Latin (2 vols.) (CUP, 1986)         (Not the brand new edition due out in 2016)




To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)


All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.

There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information. 

Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.


Course Fee: £115.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Mrs Alison Samuels


Alison Samuels graduated in Classics from Cambridge in 1986.  She currently teaches part-time for the Department for Continuing Education and the Open University.

Course aims

The aim of the third term is to:

  • consolidate what has been learnt throughout the first two terms, and
  • revise more challenging aspects of the language that are appropriate for the level


Course Objectives

1. To cover through translation and exercises the grammar topics as outlined below, and to learn the vocabulary accompanying these sections of Reading Latin.

2. To develop understanding of the Roman cultural world through discussion of the adapted texts and their context

Teaching methods

We will combine a variety of styles, including round the class translation and discussion.  Students will need to prepare work at home

Teaching outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

1. Have the experience of reading short passages of adapted Latin with confidence;

2. Understand simple texts, elicit information from texts in advance of their level, and produce very short texts using the vocabulary and grammar set, without recourse to a dictionary;

3. Have some knowledge of the cultural and literary world of Plautus and Cicero.

Assessment methods

Assignments for formal assessment will consist of a short passage of graduated translation (approx 70%) and a number of questions designed to test grammar which will usually include short sentences for translation into Latin.  There will be three such assignments each term, preceded by a preparatory task set in Term 1.

Due to the continuous assessment required for language classes, students must submit one completed Declaration of Authorship form per term. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.

Level and demands

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)