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LATIN 2A03 Intermed. Latin I

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Martin Beckmann

Email: beckmam@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 714

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23381


Office Hours: Tuesday 2:30-3:30

Course Objectives:

The goal of this course is to complete the acquisition of the fundamentals of Latin grammar and to develop a strong ability in reading continuous Latin prose.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

H.H. Ørberg, Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata. Pars I. Familia Romana.

Familia Romana Essentials Online Course

C.E. Bennett, New Latin Grammar OR A. Mahoney, Essential Latin Grammar (= a revised version of Bennett). This text (Bennett's original, not Mahoney's revised version) exists online in a searchable format (posted on Avenue), but for students planning to continue to third year, I recommend the physical book.

Method of Assessment:

Pensa 10%

Sentence Analyses 5%

Grammar Handbook 10%

Mid-term Reading Assignment 5%

Weekly Quizzes 40% (10 quizzes, 8 best count for 5% each)

Final Exam 30% In exam period.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Quiz Makeup - if you miss a quiz due to illness and submit an MSAF, the makeup quiz will take place at 4:30pm on Tuesday in the following week. Note that you may miss two quizzes without penalty, though you should try to write all of them.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Week 1 (September 5 and 7): Chapters 1-7

Week 2: Chapters 8, 9, 10

Week 3: First Quiz; Chapters 11 and 12

Week 4: Second Quiz; Chapters 13 and 14

Week 5: Third Quiz; Chapters 15 and 16

Mid-term Recess: Reading Assignment (Perseus and Hercules)

Week 6: Fourth Quiz; Chapter 17

...etc. till the end of term (Quiz every Monday until last quiz, Quiz 10, on November 27).

Other Course Information:

** Important Academic Integrity Note: You must ensure that all work you submit is your own work. As is the case with any established textbook, it is possible to find answers to the Pensa assignments on line. Please DO NOT consult any such answers for any reason.

Avenue to Learn

Avenue will be your main resource for keeping up with news about the course, assignments, and for accessing on line documents. Check it frequently! BUT: please do not email me through Avenue. Those messages do not come to my normal mail inbox (for whatever reason) but stay in Avenue, where I might not see them. So please use my regular Mac email address if you need to contact me (or better yet, come and see me in person!).

Familia Romana Essentials Online

The Classics Department has purchased a subscription to the Familia Romana Essentials Online Course for each student. This resource contains audio recordings of the text, grammar reference, a vocabulary study tool and various auto-correcting exercises, including the Pensa. 


Pensa A, B and C for each chapter are due at the beginning of class every Monday. Pensa A and B are to be completed on line (see above) and Pensa C are to be completed on paper and handed in at the start of class on Monday. You must complete the Pensa up to and including the latest chapter included in the Monday Quiz.

Sentence Analyses

Sentence Analyses are to be handed in on paper in class every Tuesday and Thursday. They will be checked for completion and immediately taken up. See separate hand-out for details on sentence analysis assignments.

Grammar Handbook

Students will create their own handbook of Latin grammar, using as a resource and following the order of C.E. Bennett's New Latin Grammar, drawing examples to illustrate grammatical concepts from Lingua Latina. The grammar handbook may be created in hard copy (using a 3-ring binder) or as a digital document. I recommend you create this resource in hard copy. The grammar handbook will be checked every Monday, so bring it to class if it is in hard copy, or email me a copy before class if it is in a digital format.

Mid-term Reading Assignment

In the mid-term recess you will have a Reading Assignment designed to increase your ability in reading continuous Latin prose and to increase your confidence as a reader. I expect you to spend at least 5 hours on this assignment (but of course you may spend more!). The assignment is open-ended; you should try to make as much progress as possible in the time available. Grading will be based on the average achievement of the entire class.

Forms (Declensions and Conjugations)

You will be responsible for learning all new forms on your own, at home before class. In-class instruction will be entirely dedicated to reading and to explanation of grammar and syntax.


Developing a large vocabulary is one of the most important things you can do to improve your ability to read Latin. You will need to follow a rigorous system of vocabulary study, either using one of the two available on-line resources (Lingua Latina Online or Dr. Eiler's vocabulary study site) or paper flashcards. I recommend the latter, because they are the most flexible and you can add phrases or full sentences as examples, but the choice is yours. I will be asking you what system you are using.