Latin 102 - Lingua Latina
Course Expectations and Objectives
Latin 102 will cover chapters 15-28 of Lingua Latina. The approach is intensively grammatical. Each chapter will be translated in class, with all grammatical constructions explained. Students are expected to master (i.e. memorize) the various paradigms (declension and conjugation patterns) and other grammatical forms and vocabulary necessary to progress in reading proficiency.
Our text will be Lingua Latina I (Familia Romana). A Latin-English dictionary is required (the New College Latin-English Dictionary is in the campus bookstore, but any good dictionary will do). Our systematic grammar will be the introductory Cambridge Student's Latin Grammar. The Latin-English dictionary and systematic grammar are essentialomit them at your peril! For students lacking a strong foundation in English grammar, English Grammar for Students of Latin is available in the campus bookstore.
Full grammatical and vocabulary commentary for our text is provided on line. These sheets provide essential aid in understanding the text and the grammar involved. Please download and use them:
Chapter XVI - Tempestas
Chapter XVII - Numeri Difficiles
Chapter XVIII - Litterae Latinae
Chapter XIX - Maritus et Uxor
Chapter XX - Parentes
Chapter XXI - Pugna Discipulorum
Chapter XXII - Cave Canem
Chapter XXIII - Epistula Magistri
Chapter XXIV - Puer Aegrotus
Chapter XXV - Theseus et Minotaurus
Chapter XXVI - Daedalus et Icarus
Chapter XXVII - Res Rusticae
Chapter XXVIII - Pericula Maris
Schedule of Classes
There are many handouts available on-line, both on grammar and vocabulary. These handouts will be essential study aids.
There is also an on-line exercise program for learning the declension of Latin nouns:
On-Line Declension Exerciser
There is also an on-line exercise program for learning the vocabulary of our text:
On-Line Vocabulary Exerciser
Short quizzes every class period, three midterms, and a final exam. There will be no make-up quizzes, and quizzes missed will count as F's. A number of quizzes will be dropped before averaging the final quiz grade. The cumulative quiz grade will be weighted as an exam. Midterms must be taken in class at their scheduled times. In cases of foreseeable conflicts of schedule students who wish to take a make-up exam must notify me before the regularly scheduled exam. Only major and documented emergencies are excepted from this. This rule will be inflexibly enforced.
Grading for quizzes and exams:
90-100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
60-69% = D
0-59 % = F
Homework consists of review of material covered in class, and memorization, memorization, and more memorization. Students should be prepared to spend a regular amount of time on homework each day; two hours is a necessary minimum. A study period of two hours a day, including weekends and minor holidays, is suggested for you to accomplish the following essential tasks:
1) Work through and translate for yourself the text in any given chapter of our textbook and occasionally read through earlier chapters for quick reviews.
2) Do all the exercises in each chapter (best done in writing).
3) Memorize all new vocabulary in a given chapter and review old vocabulary.
4) Review all new grammar and consult your grammar books for reinforcement whenever necessary.
5) Practice new morphology in connection with previously covered materials, especially in preparation for quizzes.
6) Prepare a list of questions to be asked in class if you have any problems, e.g. with translating or understanding.
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in discussions, volunteer for translations, and ask questions. A student's grade is usually directly related to attentiveness and interest in the subject. Remember, too, that you'll make life much easier for yourself before quizzes and exams if you are active in class! Class participation may be decisive in determining a borderline grade.
Attendance at every class is essential for successful work (i.e., any grade above D). Students are responsible for all material covered or assigned in class and for memorization of vocabulary and grammar.
The schedule of readings is a long-range plan only and may change as the semester advances. Students are responsible for remaining aware of changes in the schedule and of exam dates.
All university regulations governing occurrences of academic dishonesty, grades of incomplete, etc. apply to this course; students are responsible for being acquainted with these rules. In case of doubt, please consult me.