|CLS 121-122 ELEMENTARY LATIN|
|Course Syllabus, 1999-2000|
|Barbara F. McManus||The College of New Rochelle|
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A one-year course in the fundamentals of the Latin language which provides the basic skills for reading and translating Latin poetry and prose. 6 credits. Note: Credit will not be received for CLS 121 until 122 is completed.
Class time will be devoted to explanation and discussion of the Latin language and culture; reading aloud and translating Latin passages, including occasional poems and Latin graffiti; computer demonstrations of on-line resources on Latin language and culture; occasional Latin games and other interactive activities. Our goal will be to complete Parts I and II of the textbook for the year.
Homework: Hand in all required written exercises for each chapter; prepare all assigned Latin passages for oral presentation in the next class; print out and hand in the scores and analyses for all required Compendium drills. [objectives 1, 2, 3, 4]
Classwork: Read aloud and translate orally Latin passages from the textbook, Auricula Meretricula, and xeroxed selections; participate in all other class activities, including exercises and discussions. [all course objectives]
Attendance: The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-10:40; these class periods have been lengthened in order to allow for the extra practice and help required when beginning a language. Students should arrive promptly and attend class regularly. Because of the nature of language learning, steady attendance of class is very important. Therefore any student with more than four unexcused absences will lose 3 points on the class participation portion of the grade for every subsequent class missed. All students are responsible for assignments and classwork missed due to absence, whether excused or unexcused, and no quizzes may be cut.
Quizzes: There will be a quiz for every two chapters that we cover. These tests will focus on material and vocabulary of the two chapters, although a certain cumulative effect is inevitable in dealing with a language. No make-up quizzes will be given, although I will drop one quiz grade (the lowest) each semester (except in the case of an unexcused absence on a test day). [objectives 1, 3, 4]
Second Semester Projects: Students will complete various projects utilizing the resources of the on-line VRoma Project and MOO, extending and enriching the work of my spring '98 class who built the cubiculum sermonis and pioneered interactive Latin projects in the MOO. If possible, we will schedule some joint activities with one or more Latin classes from other locations who are using the same textbook. [all course objectives]
Finals week: There will be no mid-term or final examinations, since learning a language must be accomplished by continual, steady work rather than by occasional cramming. To assess how we are meeting our primary goal of developing the ability to translate Latin, we will use the time assigned during finals week for a written translation of one or more Latin narrative passages that students have not previously seen; texts and notebooks may be used for reference. [objectives 3, 4]
|Tuesdays: 2-3:00 pm; other times by appointment|
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revised January 2000