Latin 1

Fall 2011

Course instructor: H. Haskell
MBH 223

In this course we will combine translation with grammatical analysis and to devote time to cultural, historical, etymological, and linguistic issues. The ability to read Latin allows one not only to delve into the ancient past, but it helps one to develop a sharper understanding of English and other languages (especially Romance languages) and provides a great foundation for English vocabulary building.

Student Learning Outcomes. Upon successful completion of the course,

Course text: S. Shelmerdine, Introduction to Latin 2nd printing

You might check out Richard LaFleur's editorial on Latin (fall 2001)

Exams. The exams consist of sentences or passages for translation (Latin to English), which test one's ability to pull together material (grammar & vocabulary).

Quizzes. The quizzes cover memory work (e.g. declensions, conjugations, vocabulary), that is, material that is to be learned for each chapter. This is what I call the "idiot work", by which I do NOT mean that anybody in this class is an idiot: it means that it is purely and simply memorization work, which requires much patience, endurance, and consistency, rather than brilliant analytical powers.

Pop Quizzes. Pop quizzes will be given during class time. The lowest two scores will be dropped in the average. Pop quizzes may consists of questions on paradigms, vocabulary, grammar, or homework assignments.

Homework Assignments. Assignments posted in the daily schedule are to be prepared PRIOR to the class period on that date. Online assignments must be posted by class time. Homework is assessed not on the basis of the number right/wrong, but rather by effort / genuine attempt.

Class participation: Regular preparation and class participation are expected, and will affect your grade. Foreign language study is such that certain aspects of one's performance cannot be judged by examinations, but rather by class performance. 10% of your final grade will be based upon daily class participation. Effective class participation assumes preparation of daily assignments before class, and therefore submitted homework will be part of the assessment.

Class attendance. Students are expected to go to class regularly. The attendance policy is as follows: students are allowed up to three unexcused absences without negative consequence (i.e. one must be there at least 40 of 43 classes). Unexcused absences in excess of three will result in a class attendance grade based on per cent. (including the original 3): e.g. 20 cuts (17 beyond the three, 53%). This accounts for 10% of the final grade.

Accommodations for students with disabilities: Southwestern University is committed to assisting students with disabilities. Southwestern University will make reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. To arrange accommodations students should contact the Academic Services Coordinator within the Office of Academic Success, PRC 120. Students seeking accommodations should notify the Academic Services Coordinator at least two weeks before services are needed. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss any necessary accommodations with the appropriate faculty member.

Grading

Final grades. The plus and minus grading system will be used for final grades. Semester % averages will translate to the following letter grades:

GRADE
INCLUSIVE
% RANGE
GPA POINTS
EQUIV.
A+
96.7-100.0
4.00
A
93.4-96.6
4.00
A-
90.0-93.3
3.67
B+
86.7-89.9
3.33
B
83.4-86.6
3.00
B-
80.0-83.3
2.67
C+
76.7-79.9
2.33
C
73.4-76.6
2.00
C-
70.0-73.3
1.67
D+
66.7-69.9
1.33
D
63.4-66.6
1.00
D-
60.0-63.3
0.67
F
0.0-59.9
0.00

ASSIGNMENTS

Week
Topic Assignment (due by class)
1

Mon. Introduction

Wed. Alphabet, pronunciation

Fri. Chapter 1. Parts of Speech; verb parsing

 

Read pp. 1-7

Exc. 1-2

2

Mon. Chapter 1. Verbs, nouns

Wed. Chapter 2. Latin nouns, cases

Fri. Chapter 2. Latin nouns (cont.), translation

Exc. 3-4 (cf. on-line); Quiz (1)

Exc. 5, 7, 9, 11

online; Exc. 14; ; Quiz (2)

3

Mon. NO CLASS (Labor Day)

Wed. Chapter 3. Noun cases: genitive, dative

Fri. Chapter 3. Latin cases (cont.)

 

Exc. 15-17

on-line; Exc. 19-20; Quiz (3)

4

Mon. Chapter 4. Adverbs; ablative case, "chunks"

Wed. Chapter 4. Translation

Fri. Chapter 5. 1st-2nd decl. adjectives

Exc. 22-24

on-line; Exc. 25; Quiz (4)

Exc. 27-30

5

Mon. Chapter 5. Mind the "gap"!, ablative, translation

Wed. Chapter 5. Translation

Fri. Reading and Review

Exc. 31-32, Readings 2-3; Quiz (5)

Exc. 33

transl. p. 41; Form id p. 43

6

Mon. TEST #1 (1-5)

Wed. Chapter 6. Imperfect tense

Fri. [o] Chapter 6. Imperative, vocative

 

online; Exc. 34-35

Exc. 36, Reading 4, Practice Sentences (p. 49)

7

Mon. Chapter 7. Third declension nouns

Wed. Chapter 7. Imperfect and future of sum, dative of possession

Fri. Chapter 8. Perfect active, possum, translation

Quiz (6); online; Exc. 38, 40-41

Exc. 42-44; Quiz (7)

Exc. 46, 48-49 (Fall break starts at 10 pm)

8

Mon. NO CLASS: FALL BREAK

Wed. Chapter 8. Translation

Fri. Chapter 9. 3rd conjugation (present), 1st-2nd personal pronouns

 

Exc. 50; Quiz (8)

Exc. 51, 53-54

9

Mon. Chapter 9. Translation

Wed. Chapter 10. Demonstrative and 3rd pers. personal pronouns, factitive verbs

Fri. Chapter 10. Translation

online; Readings 8-9, Practice Sentences (p. 69); Quiz (9)

on-line; Exc. 58-59

Exc. 60; Quiz (10)

10

Mon. Reading and Review

Wed. TEST #2 (6-10)

Fri. Chapter 11. Imperfect and future of 3rd conjugation verbs, expressions of cause

Readings pp. 79-80, form id p. 81

 

online; Exc. 63-64

11

Mon. Chapter 11. Translation

Wed. Chapter 12. 3rd declension adjectives

Fri. Chapter 12.

Readings. 12-13, Practice Sentences (p. 87); Quiz (11)

online; Exc. 68

Exc. 70; Quiz (12)

12

Mon. Chapter 13. 4th conjuation (present)

Wed. Chapter 13. Interrogative and reflexive pronouns, Ablative of specification

Fri. Chapter 14. 4th conjuation imperfact and future, accusative of degree and extent

Exc. 71, online

Exc. 74, 76, Practice Sentences (p. 99); Quiz (13)

online; Exc. 80-81

13

Mon. Chapter 14. Translation

Wed. Chapter 15. Perfect, pluperfect, future perfect

Fri. Chapter 15. Translation

Exc. 82; Quiz (14)

online; Exc. 87-88

Exc. 89, Practice Sentences (p. 113); Quiz (15)

14

Mon. Chapter 16. 4th and 5th declensions; locative

Wed. NO CLASS (Thanksgiving Break)

Fri. NO CLASS (Thanksgiving Break)

online; Exc. 97

 

 

15

Mon. Chapter 16. Translation

Wed. Chapter 16. Translation

Fri. Translation and Review

Readings 17-18; Quiz (16)

Exc. 98

Narrative Reading (p. 123)