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.

Continuing Latin ADED11208E

  • 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 allows students with basic Latin knowledge to extend their knowledge of the grammar of the language and experience of reading Latin passages. The class will progress from reading passages written for language tuition, on to simplified versions of real Latin texts. This course can be taken online; students will be expected to attend class on the date of the class test.


Blocks 3 and 4

2 hours per week for 20 weeks



Requirements of Entry

Prerequisite: Introduction to Latin, or equivalent basic experience with reading Latin.

Excluded Courses





Students will submit five take-home assessments throughout the course which test their acquisition of grammatical knowledge via grammar questions, and their translation abilities via short translation passages. Each of these assessments will be weighted at 10% of the overall class mark. A class test (1 hour) in the final session of semester two will consist of a single translation passage from Latin into English. This will carry the remaining 50% of the weighting for the course assessment.

Course Aims

Students will have their knowledge of basic Latin grammar revised and reinforced. They will gain confidence in recognising and translating grammatical constructions through the use of grammar exercises requiring simple sentences to be translated from Latin into English and vice versa. They will improve their reading skills in the language through the use of graduated reading material which will lead them from relatively straightforward material onto more challenging texts based on authentic classical and medieval Latin writing.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Recognise and translate moderately complex grammatical structures, such as the ablative absolute, and clauses using the subjunctive mood (e.g. purpose and result clauses).

Translate sentences containing similar structures from English into Latin.

Translate passages by classical and medieval Latin authors which have been suitably adjusted for their skill level.

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.