Elementary Latin II Syllabus

Elementary Latin (spring 2013; 8am TF; McDermott 204)

Elementary Latin II will  provide you with a thorough foundation in the grammar and language of Latin, the language that the rhetorician Cicero and the poet Vergil wrote in. We will learn to read Latin and (to a lesser extent) to write it and will study Latin grammar through exercises and drills, and also through reading Latin texts.

Instructor: Kristina Chew, Ph.D. ~ Associate Professor of Classics ~ Dept. of Modern & Classical  Languages & Literatures ~ Hillsdorf Hall (51 Glenwood Avenue), Room 203 ~ Saint Peter’s University ~ Tel. 201.761.6295 ~ Email. kchew@saintpeters.edu ~ Website: https://pavovox.wordpress.comOffice Hours: Wednesday: 10 am – 2pm and by appointment.


January 18. Friday. Introduction to the Course, Review, Exam Corrections  ~ 22. Tuesday. More review: The Perfect Tense ~ 25.  Friday. Quiz; the perfect tense. 29. Tuesday. Reflexive pronoun, intensive pronoun, and i-stem nouns/adjectives of the Third Declension.

February. 1. Friday. Quiz; pronouns & translation. ~ 5. Tuesday. Passive voice of verbs, ablative of agent.  ~ 8. Friday. Quiz; Passive voice of verbs (present, imperfect, future tenses); translation. 12. Tuesday. Passive voice of verbs  ~ 15. Friday. Quiz; Passive voice of verbs (perfect, pluperfect, future perfect tenses); translation.  ~ 19. Tuesday. Fourth Declension.~   22. Friday. Quiz; fourth declension. ~ 26 .Tuesday. Review for the…..  ~

March. 1. Friday. Midterm  ~ 5 Tuesday. Fifth declension  8 Friday. Participles  ***11-15. SPRING BREAK*** ~  19. Tuesday. Participles. ~ 22. Friday. Quiz; more on participles. ~ 26. Tuesday. Ablative Absolute. ~ 29. Friday. Good Friday / NO CLASS.

April.  2. Tuesday. Ablative Absolute; Infinitives. ~ 5. Friday. Quiz; Ablative Absolute, infinitives.  ~ 9. Tuesday. Indirect statement.  ~ 12. Friday. Quiz; Indirect statement.  ~ 16. Tuesday. Comparison of adjectives and adverbs.~  19 Friday. Quiz; Irregular comparison of adjectives and adverbs. ~ 23. Tuesday. Subjunctive mood of verbs; hortatory subjunctive .~   26. Friday. Quiz;  subjunctive of verbs. 30. Tuesday. Review

May.  3. Friday.  LAST DAY OF CLASS. Review~   7. Tuesday. Reading Day ~  8 – 14. FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD

Course Goals. By the end of the semester, the student will have accomplished the following goals:

• The student will have been learned the main principles of grammar of the Latin language. • The student will have acquired a working vocabulary of Latin.  • The student will have studied more of the Latin etymological roots of the English language, and will have learned to think about her or his language in a different way.  • The student will be acquainted with the everyday life of the ancient Romans and with the historical events of Rome.  • The student will be able to read some original Latin texts.•   The student will have used various Internet resources for the study of  Latin, and Classics.

Core Language Requirements. Students fulfilling the core requirement with an elementary or intermediate level course must complete both parts of the course concurrently (i.e., both parts of the course must be taken in the same academic year). Students failing to complete the core requirements concurrently must begin a new language in order to fulfill the requirement concurrently.

Study of Latin, classical Greek, and classical culture is part of the College’s commitment to General Education, the Liberal Arts, and Humanities Programs, as well as to the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Intermediate Latin is particularly useful for students with interests in Classics, Philosophy, History, Religious Studies and Theology, English, and Modern Languages.

Textbook. Frederic M. Wheelock, Richard A. LaFleur. Wheelock’s Latin, 6th Edition.

What You Are Expected to Do Every Day. Learning a language is a day-to-day effort. We will have homework assignments everyday (usually exercises from the textbook as well as vocabulary words and grammatical forms to memorize); these assignments are always due at the start of the next class. You may handwrite your work, or type it up and print it out to submit to the professor (on the days that she collects it, which won’t be everyday). ~ Late homework will be accepted, but will count for half as much credit. It is expected that all students will speak in class by answering questions, by translating aloud, and by participating in discussions about classical culture, mythology, etc..

The student is expected to check the professor’s webpage: https://pavovox.wordpress.com for assignments and information, as well as the dates and subject matter of quizzes and tests, will be posted by the start of class.

Other technologies that will be used are films (videos & DVD’s) and computer presentations.

Grading. Class Participation & Homework 30% ~ Mid-term 20% ~ Final exam 20% ~ Quizzes 30%

Calculation of Grades. Grading will be based on the following scale of correspondences:100-97 A (4.0) |  96-94  A- | 3.793-91 B+ | 3.3 90-87  B (3.0) |   86-83  B-  | 2.782-80  C+ |  2.3 79-70   C (2.0)  |  69-67  D+ |  1.5 6-63   D (1.0)  |   62-0 F (0.0)

Quizzes. There will be weekly grammar quizzes. The quizzes will not take more than 10-15 minutes to complete.

Mid-term, Final Exam. These will include (1) a grammar section and (2) a translation section.

Plagiarism Policy. Plagiarism is the stealing, purchasing, or copying of someone else’s ideas, writing, or other original work and using them as one’s own.  Plagiarism, intentional or unintentional, is considered academic dishonesty and all instances will be reported to the Office of the Academic Dean. Plagiarism and cheating of any kind are not tolerated under any circumstances.

Attendance Policy. Students are permitted no more than four absences after which they are in danger of failing the course. After missing two consecutive classes, you must contact the professor by email or phone to provide an explanation of your absence and a plan for making up all missed work. After three absences, an Early Warning form will be sent to the Academic Dean, who will ask you to meet with her in person to discuss the reasons for your absences and your commitment to the class. Lateness to class (more than two times) will count as an absence. • If you are absent, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor and to check the professor’s website to find out the assignment for the next class meeting. • Always bring the following to class: our textbook, a notebook, and a pen or other writing implement. • Students will help to make this Latin class a community by being courteous and committed members of the class, speaking frequently and thoughtfully in class discussions, and collaborating in occasional group work with one or two other students.

Accommodations for students with disabilities

The College will make reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is encouraged to speak to the instructor as soon as possible, to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Conduct in the classroom. • The use of cell phones, beepers, or other communication devices is disruptive during class. Except in emergencies, these devices should not be used during classtime.• If you have a laptop computer, you are required to turn it off and keep it closed during class, unless you have consulted in advance with the professor about using it. • Failure to comply with this policy will significantly lower your class participation grade and, ultimately, your overall grade in the course.


About kristinachew

classicist | translator (of ancient Greek & Latin poetry & drama) View all posts by kristinachew

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