Elementary Latin I Syllabus

Elementary Latin (fall 2012; 8am TF; McDermott 211)

Elementary Latin I will  provide you with a strong 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 and write Latin 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: Monday, Wednesday: 10am – 1pm.


Week 1 August 31 Fri. First and Second Conjugations of Verbs and Present Tense

Week 2     Sept. 4      6  Tues.  First Declension of Nouns and Cases

7  Fri. Quiz. Translation and etymology

Week 3     Sept. 11 Tues. Second Declension (Masculine & Neuter Nouns)

14 Fri. Quiz. Second Declension (Masculine & Neuter Nouns)

Week 4    Sept. 18 Tues. 1st and 2nd Conjugations: Imperfect, Future Tenses

21 Fri. Quiz. verb “to be” (sum)

Week 5    Sept. 25   Tues. Verb “to be” (sum); “to be able” (possum)

28 Fri. Quiz.Third Declension Nouns

Week 6   Oct. 2 Tues. Third Conjugation (present, future)

5  Fri. Quiz. Third Conjugation (imperfect)

Week 7    Oct. 9      Tues. Demonstratives (Ille; Hic)

12 Fri. Quiz. Translation

Week 8         Oct. 16.   Tues. Third -io Conjugation

19 Fri.. Quiz. Personal Pronouns (ego, tu, nos, vos)

Week 9    Oct. 23     Tues. Demonstratives (is, ea, id)

26 Fri. Quiz. Review of all pronouns

Week 10  Oct. 30 Tues. Perfect Tense (active)

Nov. 2 Fri. Quiz. Pluperfect, Future perfect (active)

Week 11   Nov. 6  Tues. Reflexive Pronouns and Possessives

9   Fri. Quiz. Intensive Pronoun

Week 12      Nov. 13.      Tues. Third Declension review and i-stems

16 Fri. Quiz.  Numerals

Week 13     Nov. 20.    Tues. Third Declension Adjectives

22  Thurs. –Thanksgiving College holiday

Week  14     Nov. 27      Tues.Relative Pronouns

30 Fri. Quiz. Relative Pronouns & Clauses

Week 15     Dec. 4      Tues. Review

7  Fri. Review – LAST DAY OF CLASS

Week 16    Dec.         12 Tues. – Reading day


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, 7th 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. You are required to check your email and the professor’s website at least twice a day (morning and evening). Other technologies that will be used are films (videos & DVD’s) and computer presentations.

Grading. Class Participation & Homework 20% ~ Mid-term 20% ~ Final exam 20% ~ Quizzes 40%

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 2.069-67 |  D+ 1.5 6-63  |     D 1.0 62-0 |  F 0.0

Quizzes. There will be weekly grammar quizzes; grades will be posted on Blackboard. The quizzes will not take more than 10-15 minutes to complete. **Students may take make-up quizzes at any time up until the date of the final exam BUT please note: (1) Make-up quizzes must be scheduled outside of regular class hours; (2) students must contact the instructor about taking a make-up quiz;  (3) students must keep track of which quizzes they have missed.**

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

Statement Regarding Students with Disabilities. The instructor is very glad to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities, to assist them in the classroom and in all assigned work. Such accommodations can include, but are not limited to: being given more time to complete quizzes, tests and exams; being able to use an electronic device during class to take notes; recording lectures; meeting individually with the instructor. Please notify the instructor regarding any such accommodations via email or other communication.

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. The following are the College’s definitions of plagiarism and cheating (from the College’s webspage on Student Conduct, http://www.spc.edu/pages/1310.asp).

Plagiarism is a most serious form of dishonesty. It may be defined as stealing or purchasing the ideas and writings of another and using them as one’s own. The most common form of plagiarism is the incorporation of whole sentences and paragraphs from published material into papers submitted as one’s own work or purchasing term papers and/or related materials and submitting them as one’s own work. The forms of plagiarism are many and varied, and it is not the intent of this policy statement, therefore, to give a complete catalog. Plagiarism is rarely the result of confusion or misunderstanding. If one conscientiously acknowledges the sources of one’s ideas and citations, plagiarism is effectively avoided. In cases of doubt, students should consult their instructors.

The College, as a matter of policy, does not condone or tolerate plagiarism. Students who submit plagiarized work are liable to receive a failing grade for the assignment and/or the course. In more serious cases, the student who plagiarizes is liable to be suspended or dismissed from the College by the appropriate academic dean.Cheating is another extremely serious form of dishonesty, and is not tolerated by the college. It may be defined as the giving or accepting of unauthorized assistance with any assignment (including but not restricted to examinations and papers). The most common examples would be copying an answer on an examination (or knowingly allowing one’s answer to be copied, except when collaboration is authorized by the instructor), bringing unauthorized aids to an examination room for one’s own or someone else’s benefit, and providing test questions in advance (or receiving them from anyone other than the instructor in the course).

For further information on plagiarism and the policies regarding academic dishonesty go to the College’s websites on Student Conduct (http://www.spc.edu/pages/1310.asp). on Academic Conduct (http://www.spc.edu/pages/1359.asp).

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.
Behavior in the classroom. • The use of cell phones, beepers, or other communication devices is disruptive, and is therefore prohibited 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. You are not permitted to check email or IM, visit websites, or send text messages during classtime. Failure to comply with this policy will significantly lower your class participation grade and, ultimately, your overall grade in the course.


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