LATIN 101 - 102     Section 2      2007 - 2008


MŠTUŠWŠ F   9:00 am - 9:50 a.m.  Wallace Hall  112



Virginia K. Hellenga, Instructor                                

Lecturer in Classics                                                   

Department of Classics                                     

Monmouth College




Office lower level Wallace Hall, WH 16


Galesburg phone            309 343-8957       

House in the woods        309 734-8758

Office phone                  309 457-2332




Elementary Latin


         A background in Latin is a great benefit to the study of English, the sciences, medicine, law, and many other professional fields, and certainly expands your English vocabulary and improves your comprehension and use of English grammar. Your work in Latin will help you in writing papers, studying, and expressing yourself beautifully.


       The aim of Latin 101 - 102 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 a Latin text with the help of a dictionary. Speaking and listening skills in Latin will be encouraged in order to assist the development of reading and writing Latin.


         These courses are primarily directed towards students desiring to meet the requirements for graduation under the foreign language component of the Monmouth College General Education requirements. 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 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.


Texts for Latin 101 - 102:


         WHEELOCK’S LATIN (6th Edition), Frederic M. Wheelock  

                  Richard A. LaFleur, Revision Editor

                  harpercollins  college outline, HarperPerennial (NY, 2005)


         38 LATIN STORIES Designed to Accompany Frederic M. Wheelock’s Latin

                  Anne H. Groton and James M. May

                  Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc. (Wauconda, IL, 1998)


         COMPUTER EXERCISES (recommended as very helpful)

         Centaur Systems Latina 4.0 CD, Latin Flash Drill Modules, Latin Vocab Drill Modules



                  John Traupman, (Bantam, 1995)




         Virginia Hellenga, Lecturer in Classics

         Office  Room 16 Wallace Hall, lower level


Office Hours:  


         Monday, 10:00 am - 10:30 am

         Tuesday, 10:00 - 10:50 am

         Wednesday,  10:00 am - 10:30 am,

         when I am in my office, or by appointment





         Latin tutors will be available several hours a week to help students individually

with class assignments.  Working with the tutors also does them a favor, because it gives them the opportunity to explain concepts clearly, as well as to review basics of Latin.


Class Goals and Format:


         Class meets on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:50 a.m. in  Wallace Hall 112. I am available to work with students individually or in small groups after each class meeting.


         There will be daily assignments from the textbooks and daily quizzes. In addition, there will be a number of supplementary readings in Latin, as well as music, videos, Latin songs, Latin games, and simple conversational Latin.


         For most students, Elementary Latin is a two-semester experience. You will not really have a full sense of the Latin language until the end of second semester.



Summary of Grading:


         Class Participation                                             10%


         Quizzes                                                   25%


         Homework                                                25%


         Tests (including final exam)                       40%





 I.  Participation (10%) and attendance policy


         Learning another language is a lot easier in a group, but only if everyone in the group is working together. This kind of course requires daily attention. You cannot study only before tests and quizzes. You must attend class faithfully and be prepared every day. Attendance at all meetings of the class is required.


         Each student is permitted three unexcused absences during the semester. A student with more than THREE unexcused absences will drop one grade point on the final semester grade for each unexcused absence over three.

         ("Sleeping in," "the alarm not going off," or "not feeling well" are not excuses.)


         Active participation by all students in the class is very important. You are expected to ask questions, to answer questions, and to actively participate in class.


         You will have the opportunity to act out some of the stories you translate, using your sense of fun, creativity and imagination in entertaining and relaxed class presentations in Latin.


         Class participation will count 10% of the final grade.


II. Quizzes (25%)


         Most classes begin with a quiz based on current assignments. These quizzes give you an opportunity to demonstrate your mastery of current course material.


         There are no make-ups on quizzes unless you present a written excuse from your doctor. If you know that you will have an excused absence, you may arrange to take a quiz ahead of time.


         The average of Quizzes will be 25% of the final grade.


III.  Homework (25%)


         Homework assignments will be given daily to challenge you to practice and to master new grammatical forms and vocabulary, and to review and remember what you have already learned. You will be asked to demonstrate reading comprehension of sentences and passages in Latin, stories in Latin, and the texts of Latin music.


         In terms of thinking, homework is more challenging that quizzes and tests, as you can look up anything you are unsure of. On tests and quizzes, you have to have everything in your head!


         Homework will count 25% of the final grade.


IV.  Tests (40%)


         Each semester, there will be at least six major tests, including the final exam, which counts as two tests. The dates for these tests will be announced in class at least one week in advance. These tests will demonstrate your understanding of the grammar and assignments. There are no make-ups on tests unless you present a written excuse from your doctor.


         A creative project, such as the one on deception, manipulation, and trickery inspired by the story of Laocoön and the Trojan Horse [art, creative writing, your original music, etc.] will be counted as one test grade.


         The average of these tests, including the creative project and the final exam, will be 40% of the final grade.

V.  Extra Credit


         There will be several opportunities to earn extra credit in this class, including writing response papers after attending  Classics Department and Archeological Lectures during the semester.


VI.  Making corrections on your work: 


         At the beginning of class the next day, you will be able to make corrections on quizzes and tests from memory and by thinking, without the use of books, notes, papers, or any other material in making these corrections.  You may also make corrections on homework, using Wheelock and your class notes. Corrections on homework are due the day after homework is returned to you.


         Successful corrections will add 40% to your score on each homework assignment, quiz or test. You must have completed at least 75% of answers on the original work in order to be able to make corrections. It is only on the final exam that you will be unable to make corrections.


VII.  Summary of Grading


         The goal is for all students to perform at their optimal level. The grading system (the breakdown of percentages for class performance, quizzes, homework, and tests) is designed to give each student maximum control of the final grade earned, and to be fair to each student in the class. The focus of all assignments, quizzes and tests is not grading but learning.




Latin 101 Final Exam is on Monday, December 17, 2007,  1:00 pm 


Latin 102 Final Exam is on Monday, May 12, 2008, at 6:00 pm             



Honesty and Plagiarism:


         Do your own thinking! It is sometimes comforting, inspiring, and fun to work in the presence of other students in the class, but do challenge yourself to come up with your own answers to questions, and your own translations of Latin.


         Plagiarism, i.e., copying someone else’s work without giving credit, is dishonest and and a waste of your time: you do not learn anything this way. Such copying—from a book, another classmate’s paper, or any other source—is highly deceptive. Do not copy someone else’s errors! Any student submitting plagiarized work will receive a failing grade for that assignment. If two papers with identical or nearly identical work are submitted by different students, both papers will receive a failing grade.


Caveat:  This syllabus is subject to revision by the instructor, provided that written or                  verbal notice is given in class.