CLAS145-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

Beginners' Latin B

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2019
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 26 July 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 September 2019


An introduction to Latin grammar and to reading Latin, following on from CLAS144.

This course builds upon the knowledge of Latin and the skills that students have acquired in CLAS144.

In class students will continue their study of the language and prepare to read unadapted Latin texts, for example in stage 2 and 3 Latin classes and beyond. 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. We will also work on new exercises or translate previously unseen Latin as a group in an atmosphere that is supportive and constructive. 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.

Learning Outcomes

Students that pass this course will acquire:

1. Basic knowledge of Latin grammar and inflections.

2. Basic skills required for the translation of edited ancient Latin texts.

3. An understanding of how Latin texts provide information about Roman history, literature, society and culture acquired by reading adapted Latin texts.

4. An understanding of the Latin roots of many words in modern European languages, English, and even transliterated words in Māori.

5. By the end of the course, knowledge and skills required to advance to
CLAS244: Intermediate Latin Authors A.

Transferrable skills for future employment:

6. In-depth knowledge of English grammar and a better-developed vocabulary in English.

7. Well-disciplined study habits and improved time-management skills.

8. Ability to memorize large quantities of material.

9. Confidence in sharing prepared work and opinions with a group.

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.


CLAS144. Students without this prerequisite but with previous experience in the language may be admitted to the course at the discretion of the Programme Coordinator.



Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Karl Popper 612 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 A7 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 A7 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 244 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quizzes 30% Twelve online multi choice quizzes (one per week): best ten will count (3% each)
Attendance, Preparation and Participation 10% Attendance is based on completing assigned homework and bringing it to class, being prepared to give answers to exercises and translations
Test 25% Mid semester test
Final Exam 35%

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 $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* 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 CLAS145 Occurrences

  • CLAS145-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019
  • CLAS145-19S2 (D) Semester Two 2019 (Distance)