London, United Kingdom

Latin Usage: Idiomatic Proficiency and Teaching

when 1 July 2019 - 19 July 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 1995

Latin is a perennial language with a native and learned production spanning almost three millennia. Its vigorous roots are in the classical standards of Terence (colloquial speech), Cicero (elaborate prose), and Virgil (superlative poetry). Written composition in Latin endures at the best British universities as the most efficient means to master these standards, and spoken engagement is a nimbler enhancement of that same active pursuit.

This module delves into the theoretical issues regarding classical Latin usage and idiom in the light of the latest scholarship (Dickey & Chahoud). It offers instruction in oral and written production after such parameters, through academic discussion of the classical sources (Terence, Cicero, Virgil) alongside their various Latin commentators (Donatus, Macrobius, Servius). It further provides Latin teacher training in the direct method (Ørberg) with a communicative approach (Harmer).

All teaching, coursework, and assessment, will be in Latin. Students will be progressively coached into confident usage.

Course leader

A. Gratius Avitus has a Licenciatura in Classical Philology (Zaragoza, focus on language), an MA in Classics (London, focus on literature), and an MA in Sanskrit (Delhi, focus on philosophy), plus a recognised language teacher training qualification (Inte

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior content knowledge is required for this module, and students are not expected to have experienced speaking Latin before; but they should have a solid knowledge of Latin accidence, and a confident knowledge of at the very least the standard AS Level Latin vocabulary.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Be academically and practically familiarised with matters of idiomatic usage, register and style in Latin
Be able to express themselves in good Latin on subjects of philological relevance
Have enhanced their knowledge of classical society and politics, philosophy, language and literature
Have explored important areas of the ensuing classical tradition
Have developed skills to teach Latin communicatively

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 1995: The tuition fee for this module is £1995.
GBP 1000: There is an option to stay at the UCL Summer School residence for the duration of the three-week course. Accommodation is within walking distance to the UCL campus and features private, en suite rooms with shared kitchens. The cost is £1000 per three-week session.


Students who enroll on both Sessions of the UCL Summer School will benefit from a built-in tuition fee discount of £390.