[Loyola University Chicago]

LATN 102-001: Latin II

Spring Semester 2011

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

Mastering the fundamentals of Latin yields great rewards. You'll become able to read terrific literature in all its original glory. You'll discover valuable insights into how all languages operate. We will cross some two millennia, an ocean, and from sublime to ridiculous and back again, building skills and understanding with the texts of famous ancient comedies. Clever slaves, deluded old men, and hapless young lovers will lead you into deeper and more productive familiarity with words, forms, and syntax - till we're ready to take on Roman political corruption, and learn even more about how everything changes while everything remains the same. The Latin language will be your vehicle to Roman literature, history, and culture; it will also give you tools to acquire other new languages more easily and to use well the languages you know.

Our work, therefore, will have four main aims or Learning Outcomes (plus the aim of having fun with the learning):

MWF 9:20-10:10 AM
Mundelein 406 (sigh)
Dr. Jacqueline Long

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


Schedule of Assignments

M 1/17 Martin Luther King Day: no classes
o Guide to pronunciation of Classical Latin
o Concepts relevant to the study of Classical Latin
T 1/18 First day of classes, though not yet ours.
W 1/19 We begin!
F 1/28 Short quiz as well as ongoing classwork.
F 2/11 Short quiz as well as ongoing classwork.
F 2/25 Short quiz as well as ongoing classwork.
F 3/4 Midterm examination.
M-Sa 3/7-12 Spring Break: no classes.
F 3/25 Short quiz as well as ongoing classwork.
F 4/8 Short quiz as well as ongoing classwork.
Th 4/21, 4:15pm - M 4/25, 4:15pm Easter Break: no classes.
W 4/27 Short quiz as well as ongoing classwork.
F 4/29 Last day of class.
W 5/4 Study Day: no classes or exams till 4:15 PM.
Sa 5/7
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Final examination.
See Loyola's Final Exam Schedule.

Grades will be based on:
Participation (beyond attendance: includes oral translation and discussion) 10%
Written homework cumulative average = 15%
Short quizzes (microquizzes are averaged in to this component at 1/10 value) 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, and prompt is better than late, but even unprepared attendance or late arrival 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 is due at the beginning of class.

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

Write legibly and spell correctly. Thanks!

Additional University resources

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

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Revised 3 February 2011 by jlong1@luc.edu