LAT10090 Beginners' Latin I

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is an introduction to the Latin language aimed at beginners who want to learn Latin and develop their knowledge of Roman culture. We will explore aspects of Roman myth and history by reading adapted Latin texts. You will learn elementary Latin grammar and syntax, and develop your understanding of principles of grammar and the Latin roots of the English language. The textbook is:

Latin via Ovid: A First Course. Second Edition. Norma Goldman and Jacob E. Nyenhuis. 1982

The textbook is supplemented by interactive learning games and activities.

There are some places available for elective students, international students and postgraduates. The module is not open to students with Leaving Cert Latin or equivalent: if you have previously studied Latin, contact the module coordinator for advice.

The intructor for the Autumn Trimester 2023 is Geraldine Fitzgerald.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- manage an essential Latin vocabulary;
- understand and identify fundamental aspects of Latin grammar and syntax;
- recall and explain a range of grammatical terms;
- translate passages of adapted Latin text.

Indicative Module Content:

Over the course of the trimester we will work through chapters 1-17 of our textbook, Latin via Ovid.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module is taught via small interactive classes which focus on introducing students to grammar and translation skills. Students have the opportunity to work in groups or individually during in-class activities.

The continous assessment activities allow students to play online learning games to develop their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar, and practice translating Latin sentences.

During the academic year 2023/24 all Beginners Latin modules will be taught face-to-face on campus . 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
GRC10080 - Ancient Langs in Context, GRC40200 - Beginners' Latin for Grads 1, LAT10110 - Beginners' Latin 1

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Class Test: Grammar, Syntax, Translation Week 7 n/a Graded No


Class Test: Grammar, Syntax, Translation Week 12 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Grammar, Syntax, Translation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive individual written feedback on in-class tests within 20 working days of submission. Students are welcome to arrange a meeting with the module coordinator to discuss their grade and feedback.

Latin via Ovid: A First Course. Second Edition. Norma Goldman and Jacob E. Nyenhuis. 1982
Name Role
Ms Geraldine FitzGerald Tutor