CL210 Intermediate Latin: Requirements
M 10.10-11.15 TuTh 9.40-11, BO101

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Office hours: M 11.15-12.10 Th 1-2

Assessment   Percentage   Details
Participation   20%  
Class participation involves more than just attendance. Students must also keep up with the readings and assignments, and participate actively during all sessions. Students are also expected to come to class on time and to maintain an environment that promotes the exchange of ideas.
Exercises   20%  
Written exercises, mainly from Minkova-Tunberg's textbook, will be due nearly every class. Exercises from the textbook should be turned in typed and double-spaced, on individual pieces of paper printed back-to-back (no staples or paper-clips if possible, please) to facilitate sharing and corrections from to Prof. Arnush.
Quizzes   20%  
Quizzes (about 20 minutes in length on average) will be administered every week, typically on Mondays. The quizzes will emphasize vocabulary, morphology, grammar, syntax and Roman history and culture. You will have the opportunity to correct your mistakes on quizzes, with each correction worth one-half its original value. This policy does not apply to examinations.
Exams   40%  
This term there will be two midterm examinations and a final examination (which is essentially a third midterm). All exams will test students' ability to read extended prose passages, in addition to vocabulary, morphology, grammar, syntax and Roman history and culture. You may expect more details a week in advance of each exam.
--Midterm 1   --10%  
After the completion of chapter 6 in Minkova-Turnberg.
--Midterm 2   --10%   After the completion of chapter 12 in Minkova-Turnberg.
--Final Exam   --20%   Wednesday, May 11, 9am-12pm

Each regular chapter of Minkova-Tunberg has multiple vocabulary sections, one for the Readings at the beginning (called, appropriately, "Reading Vocabulary"), another called "Vocabulary to Learn," and additional sets of vocabulary associated with readings from Cornelius Nepos' biography of Titus Pomponius Atticus. You will be expected to memorize all of the "Vocabulary to Learn" in each chapter. A set of flashcards is available to help you keep up with all the verbiage.

When we shift to reading selections from Aesop's Fables, we will encounter additional vocabulary - some new, some you already know from the textbook. Monday quizzes at that stage in the semester will draw upon the vocabulary, morphology, grammar, syntax and Roman history and culture we utilize to read those selections.

Translating       Reading versus writing

When translating Latin passages, whether in class or for homework, avoid at all costs writing down a translation somewhere -- neither in a notebook, nor on the page itself -- nowhere!

The reason for this request is simple: Reading Latin (or any foreign language) well requires constant processing and reprocessing, and this necessary work gets short-cut if you refer to a written translation -- you end up memorizing your English instead of increasing your familiarity with the Latin.

Brief notes, however, are another matter: by all means underline unfamiliar words and make notations. If you absolutely must write out a translation of a passage, use it outside of class. Do not use it when we review the homework together.