CLAS145-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance)

Beginners' Latin

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


An introduction to Latin grammar and to reading Latin, following on from CLAS151.

This course builds upon the knowledge of Latin and the skills that students have acquired in CLAS151 (from 2022) or CLAS144 (before 2022).

In class students will continue their study of the language and prepare to read unadapted Latin texts, for example in CLAS244 or CLAS344 Latin classes and beyond. Each class session will consist partly of lecture and partly of exercises and translation. Students will participate in the class by providing answers to and analysis of prepared exercises or longer translations. We will also work on new exercises or translate previously unseen Latin as a group in an atmosphere that is supportive and constructive. Class participation is highly recommended. Students who consistently attend classes usually gain much confidence, and develop the ability to share their individual insight and work with others towards a common goal.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students that pass this course will acquire:
  • Basic knowledge of Latin grammar and inflections.
  • Basic skills required for the translation of edited ancient Latin texts.
  • An understanding of how Latin texts provide information about Roman history, literature, society and culture acquired by reading adapted Latin texts.
  • An understanding of the Latin roots of many words in modern European languages, English, and even transliterated words in Māori.
  • By the end of the course, knowledge and skills required to advance to CLAS244: Intermediate Latin Authors A.

    Transferrable skills for future employment:
  • In-depth knowledge of English grammar and a better-developed vocabulary in English.
  • Well-disciplined study habits and improved time-management skills.
  • Ability to memorize large quantities of material.
  • Confidence in sharing prepared work and opinions with a group.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


CLAS151 or by approval of the Head of Department



Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 17:00 - 18:00 Zoom
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Alison Griffith


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quizzes 30% Eleven online multi-choice quizzes (one per week): best ten will count (3% each)
Participation 10% Contact with lecturer and homework completion for each chapter, uploaded to Learn
Test 25% A mid semester online test
Final Exam 35% A final exam of 2.5 hours, online

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Frederic M. Wheelock and Richard A. La Fleur; Wheelock's Latin ; 7th Edition; New York: Harpercollins College Outline, 2011.

We cover the introduction and chapters 1-15 in CLAS145.
Required and recommended textbooks are available at the University Bookshop.

Course links

Library portal


PLEASE NOTE: This course is also offered online/blended and under the STAR programme for secondary school students. Please contact the Course Coordinator/s.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

All CLAS145 Occurrences

  • CLAS145-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024
  • CLAS145-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance)