CLAS144-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)

Beginners' Latin A

15 points
Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdraw Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty: Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 8 May 2020


An introduction to Latin grammar and to reading Latin.

In this class students will learn the fundamental principles and rules of Latin grammar and develop the ability to read slightly adapted texts in ancient Latin. By learning Latin grammar students will also enhance their grammatical competence in English and, therefore, improve their ability to learn other languages. This course also prepares students to continue their study of Latin in CLAS145 Beginners Latin B, and to read unadapted Latin texts.

Although Latin is commonly referred to as a dead language, in fact it lives on in English and the Romance languages, and it remains the official written and spoken language of the Vatican and the Catholic Church. In the sciences Latin informs technical terminology (for example, botanical names or anatomical parts) and the Romans, who spoke this language, have shaped much of the ways in which we think today.

Distance students will have access to the same materials in Learn as the Campus students; in addition, they will have exclusive access to the “Distance Folder”. This folder includes lecture recordings designed to help you with content presented in each chaper, links to upload homework assignments, and links for the test and exam.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students who pass this course will acquire:
  • A basic knowledge of Latin grammar and inflections.
  • Basic skills required for the translation of simple, edited ancient Latin texts.
  • An insight into aspects of Roman history, literature, society and culture acquired by reading adapted Latin texts.
  • Knowledge about the extent to which Latin is alive and well in modern European languages, English, and even some transliterated words in Māori.
  • The knowledge required to begin CLAS 145 Beginners’ Latin B.

    Transferrable skills for future employment:

  • A better knowledge of English grammar and a larger vocabulary in English.
  • More disciplined study habits and better time management skills.
  • Enhanced ability to memorize large quantities of material.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.



Course Coordinator

Enrica Sciarrino


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quizzes 40% Eleven online multi choice quizzes (one per week): best 8 will count (5% each)
Participation 10% This is based on completing assigned homework and sending it by email or through Learn to the lecturer
Test 1 25% A mid semester online test
Final Test 25% A final online test at the end of the semester

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Frederic M. Wheelock and Richard A. LaFleur; Wheelock's Latin; 7th; New York: Harpercollins College Outline, 2011 (Available in the University Bookshop and from online outlets such as Book Depository and Amazon - lots of cheap used copies!).

Norma W. Goldman; English Grammar for Students of Latin; 3rd; Ann Arbor, USA: Olivia and Hill Press, 2004 (Available in the University Bookshop and also from online outlets such as Book Depository and Amazon).

Recommended Reading

P.T. Comeau and R.A. LaFleur; Workbook for Wheelock’s Latin; 3rd ed. revised; Harper Collins Outline, 2000.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

All CLAS144 Occurrences

  • CLAS144-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020
  • CLAS144-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)