[Loyola University Chicago]

LATN 101-001: Latin I

Fall Semester 2011

'From small beginnings...': Hut urn and grave goods, Iron Age tomb, Forum Museum, Rome, photo J. Long

From small beginnings, the Romans took over supreme power in their world. Their language, Latin, was a powerful tool of their rise, rule, and legacy. It can be the beginning of great things for you, too. This course opens a way in. As you master Latin, you will become able to read great literature as it was originally written: we'll start from Day One with comedies of Plautus, one of the great ancient masters of the genre. They'll be adapted for accessibility, to start, but you'll be putting together the elements of the original toolkit and an authentic understanding of how Latin's structures build expression. You will gain insight into how all languages work to represent ideas and communicate between people. As we learn what's the most valuable thing in Euclio's house, who's really sleeping in Amphitruo's bed, and more, you'll extend your knowledge of Latin words, forms, and syntax in a progression optimized for reading strength. You'll also be getting to know important parts of literary and cultural history that stretch from the Classical past (Greek, Roman, and multicultural) through the medieval West to the modern world. The principles of language you master will also help you learn foreign languages and use English more adroitly.

We will work to four main Learning Objectives (plus the fifth, of having fun with them):

MWF 8:15am-9:05am
Dumbach Hall 235 - new room!
Dr. Jacqueline Long

Office Hours:
TTh 8:45am-9:45am, Crown Center 579
or by appointment


Schedule of Assignments

M 8/29 First day of class.
o Study aid: guide to pronunciation of Classical Latin
o Study aid: introduction to grammatical concepts
M 9/5 Labor Day: no classes
F 9/9 Short quiz as well as ongoing classwork.
F 9/23 Short quiz as well as ongoing classwork.
F 10/7 Midterm examination.
M-T 10/10-11 Fall Break: no classes.
F 10/21 Short quiz as well as ongoing classwork.
F 11/4 Short quiz as well as ongoing classwork.
F 11/18 Short quiz as well as ongoing classwork.
W-F 11/23-25 Thanksgiving Break: no classes.
M 12/5 Short quiz as well as ongoing classwork.
F 12/9 Last day of class.
W 12/14 Study Day: no classes or exams till 4:15 PM.
M 12/19
9:00am - 11:00am
Final examination.
See Loyola's Fall 2011 Final Exam Schedule.

Grades will be based on:
Participation (beyond attendance: includes oral translation and discussion) 10%
Written homework cumulative average = 15%
Short quizzes and daily microquizzes (microquizzes averaged in at 1/10 the rate) cumulative average = 25%
Midterm exam 20%
Final exam 30%
Penalty for excessive absences (see below) particiation-assessment loses 2.5% for each absence falling within the definition of excess (see below)
The "midterm grade" will reflect the weighted average, pro-rated, of the components completed to date: participation, homework and quizzes to date and the midterm exam.

Attendance and other policies

Language skills grow by practice. If you miss work, you lose momentum, and lost momentum blocks your growth. Class is a forum both for getting help from your colleagues and instructor and for giving help on problems you have mastered, as well as for sharing ideas and insights. Even your questions help us all to find our way through problems in an alien language. Be there. Prepared is better than unprepared. Prompt is better than late. Obviously, leaving class before the end of the period also prevents you from participating in all the activities of the class meeting. Nonetheless, even unprepared attendance, late arrival, or premature departure is better than missing out completely - just don't disrupt your fellow students.

Since unregulated self-interest, as set forth above, doesn't always motivate quite enough, a penalty for excessive absences has been instituted. Absences shall be defined as excessive, as follows:

If despite all this motivation, absolute, non-negotiable necessity nevertheless intemperately demands that you must miss class, please let me know as far in advance as possible. Legitimate absences (serious illness, court appearances) should be documented in writing (n.b.: appointments with Loyola faculty and administrators should be scheduled at times that do not conflict with courses for which you are registered).

Written homework, when assigned, is due at the beginning of class.

Quizzes and exams can be rescheduled only for truly dire and documented reasons. Bring clean, lined paper and pens that don't smear.

Write legibly and spell correctly. Thanks!

Internet resources

Additional University resources

Academic honesty, a.k.a. the life's blood of the intellect:

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Revised 1 December 2011 by jlong1@luc.edu