Latin Beginners (level 1)

latin_circled_flagThis course is aimed at people who want to learn Latin for Reading & Research purposes. Lessons focus on developing reading and text interpreting skills, allowing a fast pace progress. If your language level ranges from beginners to lower intermediate, you are welcome to join. If you already have a higher language level please see our

Timetable (course started in October 2019)

This course started in October 2019. You are welcome to join in this course if your have some knowledge in the language.

It comprises 60 learning hours over two terms. Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week. The first ten lessons took place from October to December 2019. You can join in the second term from January 2020 (10 weeks). The consequent ten lessons will run until the end of March 2020, when the course will be completed.

Tuesdays 6 - 8 pm
●  Term 2: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), resuming 21 January 2020


1 term 10 weeks - £135* (30 learning hours), January to March 2020

This course will be taught in a small group: Minimum 6 and maximum 12 students.

*Includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.

Payment and enrolment is done online - please click the enrol now button to register and to go through to the registration process.


Entry level

No previous knowledge of Latin is required. Although it would be beneficial, the course is suitable for absolute beginners.

Course content

Learning on this course will take place at an accelerated pace to enable you to read Latin texts from a large range of time periods. Each session will focus on fundamental aspects of Latin grammar, including both morphology and syntax. In addition, you will begin reading texts immediately and building a working vocabulary, thereby increasing the amount and level of your Latin knowledge with every session.

As the course progresses, your tutor will find out the genres and periods most appropriate to the interests of each student and will tailor readings accordingly.

Our approach

This course aims to take learner from a basic level towards independent reading of authentic texts in Latin. Reading skills are developed by systematically working through short texts and focusing on the recognition of key grammatical structures (verbs, tenses, sentence patterns and word order, negation, nouns, connectors, pronouns, adjectives, prepositions, the passive, idioms, etc.). You will also develop dictionary skills and practise reading strategies to interpret and translate texts in Latin.

Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and practise outside the classroom taking advantage of learning resources provided by tutors and the programme. The group size is limited to 12 students and planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

Progression route

Upon completing this Beginners level for Academic research purposes (1A), you can progress onto the Intermediate level Academic research purposes (2A).

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2019-2020 Term Dates

Classes run during the University terms and take place during evenings, afternoons and Saturdays:

Term 1: Autumn term (10 weeks)

Monday 7 October – Saturday 14 December 2019

Term 2: Spring term (10 weeks)

Monday 20 January – Saturday 28 March 2020

Term 3: Summer term (10 weeks)

Monday 27 April – Saturday 4 July 2020

Summer School (2 intensive weeks)

Monday 15 – Friday 26 June 2020

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