CLAS144-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Beginners' Latin A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


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.

Each class session will consist partly of lecture and partly of exercises and translation. Students will participate in the class by providing answers to and analysis of prepared exercises or longer translations. Class participation is highly recommended. Students who consistently attend classes usually gain much confidence, and develop the ability to share their individual insight and work with others towards a common goal. There is no “conversational” component to this class.

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:

  • Lingustic competence including a better knowledge of grammar and a larger vocabulary in English.
  • More disciplined study habits and better time-management skills.
  • Enhanced ability to memorize large quantities of material.
  • Confidence in sharing prepared work and opinions with a group.
  • Global awareness
    • 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.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      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.



Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Rehua 329
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Rehua 329
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 141
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 446
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Course Coordinator

Alison Griffith


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quizzes 40% Twelve on-line multi-choice quizzes (one per week): best eight will count (5% each quiz).
Class Attendance, Preparation and Participation 10% Based on completing assigned homework before class, and being prepared to give answers to exercises and translations in class
Mid semester test 20% In class, 50 minutes
Final Exam 30% A final exam of 2.5 hours

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Course links

Library portal


PLEASE NOTE: This course is also offered online/blended and under the STAR programme for secondary school students. Please contact the Course Coordinator/s.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts .

All CLAS144 Occurrences

  • CLAS144-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021
  • CLAS144-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance)