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.
Course text: S. Shelmerdine, Introduction to Latin (rev.)
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. Quizzes will be posted in Segue at the "Quizzes" tab. Quizzes will be made available two days before the class date for which they are assigned. Quizzes are due prior to the beginning of class on the date for which they are assigned.
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 in the "Assignments" tab above are to be prepared PRIOR to the class period on that date. Assignments are to be submitted on Segue under the "Homework" tab. 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 Kimele Carter, the Academic Services Coordinator within the Office of Academic Services (Cullen Building, 3rd floor; phone 863-1536; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
Final grades. The plus and minus grading system will be used for final grades. Semester % averages will translate to the following letter grades:
|Chapt. 17: Exc. 99|
|Chapt. 17: Exc. 104; online
|Chapt. 17: Exc. 111; Quiz (#17)|
|Chapt. 18: online; Exc. 113-115|
|Chapt. 18: Exc. 117, Reading 20; Quiz (#18)|
|Chapt. 19: online; Exc. 121 (name antecedent)-122|
|Chapt. 19: Exc. 123, Reading 21; Quiz (#19)|
|Chapt. 20: online; Exc. 130, 132|
|Chapt. 20: Exc. 133; Quiz (#20)|
|Reading Chapt. 4: narrative reading 4 (p. 157), Form id (p. 160)|
|Chapt. 21: online; Exc. 135|
|Chapt. 21: Exc. 138, Reading 23; Quiz (#21)|
|Chapt. 22: Exc. 140; online|
|Chapt. 22: Exc. 142|
|Chapt. 22: Exc. 143, Reading 24; Quiz (#24)|
|Chapt. 23: Exc. 145; online|
|Chapt. 23: Exc. 149; Quiz (#23)|
|Chapt. 24: online; Exc. 150|
|Chapt. 24: Exc. 151-152 (name noun modified)|
|Chapt. 24: Exc. 153-154; Quiz (#24)|
|Chapt. 25: online; Exc. 158-159|
|Chapt. 25: Exc. 160-161; Quiz (#25)||spring break, 10:00 pm|
|Reading Chapt. 5: Narrative Reading 5 (p. 201), Form id (p. 203)|
|EXAM #2 (21-25)
|Chapt. 26: online; Exc. 164-165|
|Chapt. 26: Exc. 166, Reading 28 (opt. verbal drill); Quiz (#26)|
|Chapt. 27: online; Exc. 172|
|Chapt. 27: Exc. 174-176; Quiz (#27)|
|Chapt. 28: online; Exc. 181-182|
|Chapt. 28: Exc. 183-184; Quiz (#28)||Easter Holiday, 4/5, 10 pm|
|Chapt. 28: Reading 31|
|Chapt. 29: online; Exc. 188-189|
|Chapt. 29: Exc. 190-191; Quiz (#29)|
|Chapt. 29: Exc. 192, Practice Sentences (p. 239)|
|Chapt. 30: Exc. 195; online|
|Chapt. 30: Exc. 196-198; no class|
|Chapt. 30: Exc. 199 (use directions for Exc. 196); Quiz (#30)|
|Reading Chapter 6: Narrative Reading 6, Form id|
|Chapt. 31: Exc. 200-201; online|
|Chapt. 31: Exc. 204-205; Quiz (#31) [delete: Reading 36, Practice Sentences}|
|Chapt. 32: online; Exc. 209|
|Chapt. 32: Exc. 210; Quiz (#32)|
|FINAL EXAM, 8:30-11:30 am|