The study of Latin in schools is the study of the language used by the Roman writers whose works collectively spanned the period of c.100BC to c.100AD.
The study of Latin is the study of the principle of language, and develops an understanding of the social, religious & political values of the Romans, who have had such a lasting influence on Western civilisation.
The study of Latin teaches students not only how to learn a language, but provides a firm base on which to build another, as well as providing greater understanding of the English language.
Potential pathways include careers in research and teaching, material conservation, language and translation, journalism and media, law, government, cultural heritage and tourism.
A Latin course requires commitment and a positive work ethic to complete the required tasks in class and a suitable homework or study regime to consolidate learning. Take home assignments and a suitable level of study before tests and examinations are also required to be completed outside of class hours.
Students will be assessed in Reading, Analysis and Translation tasks on the degree to which they demonstrate:
- understanding of the content, and the historical and cultural issues relevant to the Latin reading material
- understanding of the accidence and structures of the reading material, and the influence of Latin vocabulary on English vocabulary
- ability to translate Latin text, both prepared and unprepared, into English, and simple English phrases and sentences, based on the reading material, into Latin
- understanding of the content and purpose, the literary, stylistic and structural qualities, together with the historical and social context of the reading texts.
- understanding of the accidence and syntax of the Latin language, the linguistic features of the reading texts, and the influence of Latin vocabulary on English vocabulary
- ability to translate Latin prose and verse texts, both prepared and unseen, into English, and English simple and complex sentences into Latin