This course is primarily directed towards students desiring to meet the
requirements for graduation under the foreign language component of
the Language rubric. Elementary
Latin can also fulfill partial requirements for a major in
Latin or Classics.
The Monmouth College catalogue gives the following description of courses
that meet the Language requirement:
The creation and use of language is the most significant
achievement of human beings, for our ability to organize our understanding in verbal
symbols and to communicate sets us apart from all other life forms. The
symbols of our language make communication possible at many different levels
of meaning and allow us to translate our private experience into universal
terms.... A sure understanding of language is the foundation of all
knowledge, and the ability to use verbal symbols effectively is the most
important of all skills.
This component provides that every student have experience with a second
language. The study of a foreign language allows students to see that their
native language often reflects cultural needs and interests at the same time
that it shares many basic patterns with other languages.
The aim of these courses is to learn basic reading and writing skills in
Latin as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. At
the end of two terms of Elementary Latin a student
should know the fundamentals of Latin grammar,
have a basic Latin vocabulary, and be able to read
any Latin text with the help of a dictionary.
Speaking and listening skills in Latin will be
encouraged only in order to assist the development of reading and writing
Latin. READING Latin is
much more important than speaking or writing it.
for Latin 101/102
Kitchell and Sienkewicz.
Fall: Vol 1;
Spring: Vols. 1-2
Nota Bene: MyLatinLab
includes an electronic copy of the textbook and on-line exercises
which will be assigned daily. Purchase of MyLatinLab is
required. Purchase of a print copy of the textbook is
highly recommended but not required. Students choosing not to
purchase a print copy of the textbook will be expected to have
access to an electronic copy on the laptop in class daily.
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Class usually meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and
8:00 A.M. until 8:50 A.M. in tWallace 114.
Classes will meet on some Fridays in
order to replace
regular meetings the instructor cannot attend.
Participants should not make commitments for
other activities on Fridays 8-9 while this class is in session.
There will be daily homework assignments. In addition, there may be a number supplementary readings in
Latin and map work.
Advanced Latin students will be available on a regular basis for review
and help. Please be sure to take advantage of their services.
Summary of Grading:
The goal is for all students to earn the best possible grade. The
grading system is designed to give each student maximum control of the
final grade earned. The focus of all assignments, quizzes and tests is
not grading but learning.
There will be frequent quizzes. These
quizzes, which can be either announced or unannounced, will last 5-10
minutes. The average of these quizzes
will count as one exam grade.
There will be several full-period exams (probationes) during the
semester. Most of these probationes will be taken on-line in
MyLatinLab. Others will be done on paper in class. The dates for all exams will be announced at least
one week in advance. The average of your exam grades will
count approximately 50% of your final grade.
Class participation and daily homework
assignments (meditationes) will count as one exam grade.
Most of this homework will be done on-line in MyLatinLab,
which allows you to redo assignment until you get a passing
or even perfect grade. There is no reason, then, why anyone
cannot earn an average of 100 on homework assignments.
Occasionally paper worksheets will be assigned as homework.
The average of your homework grades will count approsimately
50% of your final grade.
|There is NO final exam for this
course, but the class will meet as scheduled during the
final exam period for various activities to be announced.
Attendance is mandatory. The dates of these final exam meetings
FALL: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013,
SPRING: Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 8:00-11:00