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Latin 1:  Introduction to Latin (Fall 2009)
MWF 4:40-5:30 pm - Allen 226
Instructor:  Dr. Micaela Janan
Office Hours:  5:45-6:45 pm M, 7-8 pm W and by appointment


In this course (and its sister course in the spring), we shall focus on acquiring a solid understanding of the fundamentals of the Latin language (grammar, vocabulary, and syntax).  Our goal is to have you reading the Latin of Cicero, Caesar, Catullus, Vergil and many others, or what is better known as Classical Latin, by the end of the academic year (with the assistance of a dictionary and a good grammar).

Required Texts:

Wheelock's Latin, 6th edition, revised.  Frederic M. Wheelock, revised by Richard A. Lafleur.  2005.  New York:  Harper Collins.
38 Latin Stories Designed to Accompany Frederic M. Wheelock's Latin, 5th edition.  Anne. H. Groton and James M. May.  2004.  Wauconda:  Bolchazy Carducci.


¿    Class attendance, preparedness (including homework), participation: 15%
¿    Weekly quizzes: 20% [LOWEST QUIZ GRADE WILL BE DROPPED]
¿    Exam 1: 20%
¿    Exam 2: 20%
¿    Final Exam: 25%

Grading Scale:

¿    97-100% = A+
¿    94-6  = A
¿    90-93 = A-
¿    87-89 = B+
¿    84-6 = B
¿    80-3 = B-
¿    77-9 = C+
¿    74-6 = C
¿    70-3 = C-
¿    67-9= D+
¿    64-6 = D
¿    60-3 = D-
¿    below 60 = F


¿    Attendance in class is mandatory.  Come to class prepared, on-time, and ready to participate.  Please contact me ahead of time via email if you expect to miss class due to illness, religious observance, and/or university-endorsed extracurricular activities (give me as much notice as possible).
¿    Homework will be randomly collected throughout the semester (on average once per week); having homework completed and on time will make up part of your participation grade.   You must be present to hand in your homework, unless we have arranged an alternative ahead of time.  Homework will not be accepted from another person in the class.
¿    No make-up quizzes or exams, nor will late homework be accepted unless you have made arrangements with me ahead of time.

Instructions for all Homework:

¿    Specific homework assignments will be posted on Blackboard.   
¿    Homework is due on the day, and in the class session, for which it is assigned.
¿    You must WRITE OUT all translations of Practice and Review, Sententiae Antiquae, and Wheelock paragraph translations as well as any paradigms, translations, etc., assigned.
¿    When assigned a chapter to read, be sure to read through the entire chapter, including the Latina est Gaudium---Et Utilis sections.
¿    You will be required to know vocabulary for quizzes and exams, so be sure to memorize vocabulary as you move along.  Note-cards are often very useful for this.  You can make your own or there are several companies that make Latin vocabulary cards.

Week 1:
M, Aug 24:  Introduction
W, Aug 26: Chapter 1
F, Aug 28: Continue Chapter 1; Begin Chapter 2

M, Aug 31:  Continue Chapter 2 (guest instructor: Prof. Loney)
W, Sept 2:  Continue Chapter 2; Begin Chapter 3 (guest instructor: Prof. Huelsenbeck)
F, Sept 4: NO CLASS; instead, Chapter 1-2 takehome QUIZ (due Monday, 7 September, in class)

Week 3:
M, Sept 7: Continue Chapter 3; Begin Chapter 4
W, Sept 9:  Chapter 4
F, Sept 11:  Chapter 3-4 QUIZ; Begin Chapter 5

Week 4:
M, Sept 14:  Chapter 5
W, Sept 16:  Chapter 6
F, Sept 18:  Chapter 5-6 QUIZ; Continue Chapter 6

Week 5:
M, Sept 21:  Chapter 7
W, Sept 23:  Chapter 7
F, Sept 25:  Chapter 6-7 QUIZ; Begin Chapter 8
Week 6:
M, Sept 28:  Chapter 8
W, Sept 30:  Chapter 8; Review for Test 1
F, Oct 2: TEST 1: Chapters 1-8

Week 7:
W, Oct 7: Chapter 9
F, Oct 9: Chapter 9 QUIZ; Begin Chapter 10

Week 8:
M, Oct 12: Continue Chapter 10
W, Oct 14: Chapter 11
F, Oct 16: Chapter 10-11 QUIZ; Begin Chapter 12

Week 9:
M, Oct 19: Chapter 12
W, Oct 21: Continue Chapter 12; Begin Chapter 13
F, Oct 23: Chapter 12 QUIZ; Continue Chapter 13

Week 10:
M, Oct 26: Chapter 14
W, Oct 28: Chapter 14
F, Oct 30: Chapter 13-14 QUIZ; Begin Chapter 15

Week 11:
M, Nov 2: Chapter 15
W, Nov 4: Chapter 16
F, Nov 6: Chapter 15-16 QUIZ; Continue Chapter 16

Week 12:
M, Nov 9: TEST 2: Chapters 9-16
W, Nov 11: Chapter 17
F, Nov 13:  Chapter 17-18

Week 13:
M, Nov 16: Continue Chapter 18
W, Nov 18: Begin Chapter 19
F, Nov 20: Chapter 17-18 QUIZ; Chapters 19-20

Week 14:
M, Nov 23: Chapter 20

Week 15:
M, Nov 30: Chapter 19-20 QUIZ; Begin Chapter 21
W, Dec 2: Chapter 21-22
F, Dec 4:  Chapter 22
Week 16:
Thursday, Dec 10: FINAL EXAM, 9:00 am---noon.  The final will be cumulative.
Additional/Useful (but not required) Texts:
Workbook for Wheelock's Latin.  Paul T. Comeau and Richard A. LaFleur.  2000.  
New York:  Harper Collins.
English Grammar for Students of Latin:  The Study Guide for Those
Learning Latin.  Norma Goldman and Ladislas Szymanski.  2004.  Ann Arbor:  Olivia and Hill Press.
501 Latin Verbs, 2nd edition.  Richard E. Prior and Joseph Wohlberg.  2007.  
Hauppauge:  Barron's Educational Series.    


If you are interested in continuing Latin beyond the first year, a good dictionary will be essential.  Even if not continuing Latin beyond the beginning levels, you might find a Latin dictionary useful as a supplement to the brief vocabulary lists offered in the back of your Wheelock's text:

Elementary Latin Dictionary.  Charlton T. Lewis.  1969.  Oxford:  Oxford
University Press (probably the best dictionary, albeit somewhat expensive, for beginners and experts alike who need a manageable but comprehensive Latin dictionary).
Cassel's Latin Dictionary.  D. P. Simpson.  1968.  Macmillan Publishing
Company:  New York: (a useful and affordable, albeit basic, dictionary especially suited for those beginning Latin).
Oxford Latin Dictionary.  P. G. W. Glare.  1983.  Oxford:  Oxford University
Press. (the pre-eminent Latin dictionary, this book is very expensive and not very portable, but useful for anyone seriously pursuing Latin as a course of study---for beginners, I recommend using the copy of this dictionary at Perkins or in the Department of Classical Studies library).


Wheelock's provides a clear and concise introduction to Latin grammar and will certainly fulfill the needs of this course.  More comprehensive, and dense, grammars exist for those of you interested in pursuing Latin at a higher level. The one I like best is also available very cheaply (about $20):

A Latin Grammar.  William Gardner Hale, Carl Darling Buck. 1966. University of Alabama Press.  ISBN 0817303502.  Originally published in 1903.
Useful Web-pages:

For additional resources to complement Wheelock's Latin, including additional exercises, grammar reviews, texts, and Latin pronunciation, see the links offered by the authors and publishers of the Wheelock's text (I have also put this link on Blackboard):


Another website useful for students of Latin:


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