Prof. Michael Arnush, x2147, Harder Hall 208A, Office hours MWF 10-11
CL 105: Intensive Elementary Latin
Students in this course will learn the basics of the language essential to all studies in the liberal arts, Latin. From the age of Julius Caesar until the early 20th century Latin language and literature were required of all western students, and they continue to represent the foundation of learning and erudition. The object of the course is for the student to learn the fundamentals of Latin, its grammar and syntax, in order to read Latin poetry and prose, some of the most eloquent expressions of the human condition.
Required texts: Moreland, F.L., and Fleischer, R.M. Latin: An Intensive Course. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1977.
Recommended texts: Vis-Ed Association Blank Vocabulary Cards. Springfield, OH: 1983.
Quizzes and Examinations: There are 18 units in the textbook for this course, and we will complete 14 of them this semester. Each of the units will be followed by a quiz, except units 4, 8, and 11. More comprehensive exams will be administered after these three units, and a last will constitute the final exam.
Quizzes: 20% total
Homework assignments: There will be written homework assignments during the course of each unit. For each assignment, students are to write out the assigned Latin or English, supply the answer, and then leave enough space to make any necessary corrections.
Each chapter addresses Latin grammar and sentence structure ("syntax") as well as vocabulary. The student will demonstrate knowledge of the vocabulary and the concepts of each chapter; vocabulary quizzes, followed by chapter quizzes, will gauge the student's grasp of the material.
Midterms (after units 4, 8, 11): 30% (10% each)
These exams reflect the vocabulary, grammatical concepts, cultural issues and literary passages that were addressed in groups of chapters, and are designed to aid the student in determining what components he or she has grasped successfully.
This exam, administered at the end of the semester on a day and time determined by the Registrar, is comprehensive and gauges how well the student has grasped the basics of the Latin language and Roman culture.
Class participation: Class participation is an essential aspect of this course, especially because it is an intensive course that meets five days per week. Participation consists of preparing all assignments for class, attending class, and participating in class drills and discussions. Class work is a requirement, not an option.
Note: Absence from any quiz or exam without a written medical excuse will result in a grade of F for that assignment.