Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Introduction to Latin ADED1056E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is designed for total beginners in Latin and will introduce the main features of the Latin language over the session. An ability to read and understand Latin is the principal aim, but an understanding of the grammar and structure will be an important adjunct. The course book is GDA Sharpley, Teach Yourself: Get Started in Latin (4th ed.), ISBN: 978-1-4441-7478-6 (only the book is necessary, not the accompanying CD) and additional material will be provided where appropriate. This course can be taken online; students will be expected to attend class on the date of the class test.


Blocks 1 and 2

2 hours per week for 20 weeks



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





5 short translation exercises, each worth 10% due in Weeks 7 and 10 (semester one), and Weeks 3, 6 and 9 (semester 2).
Class test
(unseen translation: 90 minutes) in Week 10 of semester 2: 50%.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ Introduce students to the key concepts in the study of Latin language.
amiliarise students with the basic concepts of Latin grammar and syntax.
Equip students with a basic Latin vocabulary.
Enable students to comprehend and translate simple passages of Latin.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of basic Latin grammar and syntax through translation.

■ Demonstrate knowledge of specified Latin vocabulary.

■ Apply this knowledge in comprehending and translating simple passages of Latin.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment