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*Please note that course syllabi are updated each year in late August 
Prior to August, syllabi on the Classics Department website will reflect the courses as they were offered in the last term or year.  Significant changes in emphasis in course material may occur from year to year, including grading methodology, grade weighting and assignments.   Up-to-date syllabi will be available to students by the first day of class.

LATN 209
Intermediate Latin
Fall-Winter 2013-14 


Dr. C. L. Falkner
Office: Watson Hall, Room 509
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 78834
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, or by appointment

Class Schedule

  • Mondays 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tuesdays 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursdays 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Location: D216 Mac-Corry Hall (M-C-D216)

Students are required to be familiar with Queen's policy on  Academic Integrity .
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Course Description

LATN 209 builds upon LATN 110.  The course will proceed by intensive instruction including complex grammar and syntax, the acquisition of wider vocabulary, and translation through the reading of excerpts from some basic Latin texts. 

Required Textbooks

1. Wheelock’s Latin (7th edition only), ed. Lafleur: Available at the Campus Bookstore or

2. Wheelock’s Latin Reader 2e ,ed. Lafleur.   Available at the Campus Bookstore or

3. You will also require a good dictionary, e.g., Oxford or Collins.  Pocket or mini dictionaries are not acceptable for this level of study, as they do not provide all the information you will need. 

An excellent resource (Lewis and Short, A Latin Dictionary) is available on the Perseus website at:


Lexidium (an inexpensive app for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad). A version for Android is also available.

From time to time other material may be added to the course site on Moodle

    Marking Scheme

    Each term’s work will be marked out of 100 as follows:

    • Participation - 15%
    • Quizzes and Homework - 55%  (includes a midterm test worth 15%).
    • Exams (in scheduled exam period at the end of each term) - 30%. The Final Exam will include material from the assigned readings for the Winter Term. 

    Regular class attendance and regular participation, prior preparation of assigned class material, and memorization of vocabulary and word forms, together with subsequent review are necessary to ensure your success in this course.  

    As with any language, the learning of Latin requires the investment of time and effort on a consistent basis.  Unlike a modern language, however, it is not spoken and so you need to set aside time to memorize vocabulary and word forms, such as the principal parts and meanings of verbs, the nominative, genitive cases, and the gender and meaning of nouns. Memorization is key to your success. You should aim to spend about an hour each day reviewing and memorizing your work. This hour, of course, is in addition to class time or any other time spent preparing material for each class, e.g., for homework or quizzes.It is important to remember that you are expected to prepare any assigned material or complete any assigned homework before class, and to attend every class. You are also expected to be an active participant in class.

    To help you with regular practice and review you will find the site at UVic very useful. It has exercises in vocabulary, forms, grammar, and translation, based on the material in Wheelock’s chapters (6th edition). I may include some of its examples in quizzes.

    For your translation work in the second term, do not write out a translation for use in class and then read from it if you are asked to translate.  You will learn far more about Latin and gain a better participation mark if you translate from the text itself when called upon in class, even if you are not confident about your translation. You will not be alone in this feeling! To prepare for class translation read the whole of the assigned passage carefully, consult your dictionary for any unfamiliar vocabulary or Wheelock for grammar and syntax, analyze and identify the forms of individual words and make a note of their meaning (you may bring these vocabulary/grammar notes to class). Usually, this process of careful analysis will help you understand the general meaning of the Latin.

    * Avoid using automatic translators that are available online. They are too often inaccurate, and will teach you little about the structure and subtleties of the Latin language.  It is also advisable to avoid other outside help, since its frequent use for translation or other homework assignments can be considered a form of cheating.


    Participation includes regular attendance, evidence for consistent and thorough preparation of assigned material, and an active role in class work. Creating distractions for the class and me by chatting or texting instead of actively participating in the ongoing work will affect your understanding of Latin as well as your participation mark in the course.

    Quizzes and Homework

    There will be a written quiz (to include some or all of: new vocabulary, the translation of short phrases, and parsing of word forms) of about 10 minutes at the start of class on almost all Thursdays. Be sure, therefore, to arrive in good time for class. You will not be given extra time or another opportunity to take it if you are late, or miss a quiz for any other reason. Because of this limitation, your lowest quiz score in each term will be dropped.

    There will be written homework to hand in at the start of class on (almost) every Monday. Homework will not be accepted at any other time or in any other form. Missed homework cannot be made up. Because of this limitation your lowest homework mark in each term will be dropped.


    There will be an exam at the end of each term in the scheduled exam period.

    The dates for the exams cannot be changed.

    It is not possible to make up a missed exam.

    NB Grammar and vocabulary for all quizzes, homework and exams are cumulative.

    Grading Methodology

    All components of this course will receive numerical percentage marks.  The final grade you receive for the course will be derived by converting your numerical course average to a letter grade according to Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale:

    Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale


    Numerical Course Average (Range)


























    49 and below 

    Course Outcomes:

    Students who complete this course successfully will demonstrate:

    • an active understanding of complex forms in Latin grammar and vocabulary
      •  the ability compose and translate short Latin sentences
      •  the facility to translate accurately short passages from Latin authors
      •  improved knowledge and usage of the English language and grammatical terms in the process.
      • some familiarity with the major Roman writers

    Electronic Devices in the Classroom

    For this course you must:

    • Turn off your cell phone and other electronic equipment before you enter the classroom. If you need to keep your phone on because of an emergency, speak to me at the start of class and get my permission to use your phone. Should you get a call during class under these circumstances you are expected to leave the classroom to answer it.
    • No texting is allowed during class. Communication in case of an emergency is covered by the requirement above.
    • The use of a laptop is not required.
    • The use of recording devices for lectures is not allowed unless you have requested and been given my express permission beforehand.

    General Policies of the Department of Classics about the use of electronic devices

    The Department of Classics believes that maintaining an atmosphere of respect and consideration in the classroom is an important part of the pursuit of free intellectual enquiry. The use of electronic devices in the classroom can be disruptive to both the instructor and to other students, and thus we are introducing guidelines on their use. These guidelines will follow the procedure explained in Section 14 of the Student Code of Conduct and are in force starting January 2011:

    1. Non-course related use of electronic devices (e.g. social networking and texting, playing games, watching movies), including smartphones, tablets and laptops, is regarded by the Department of Classics as disruptive pursuant to Section 14 of the Student Code of Conduct. The use of these devices may be restricted at the discretion of the instructor;
    2. In some courses in CLST, LATN or GREK laptops may not be permitted. You will be told in class by your instructor if this is the case. If the use of laptops is permitted, please understand that their use is restricted to note-taking;
    3. The use of recording devices for lectures is not allowed unless you have requested and been given the express permission of the instructor of the course.

    Academic Integrity

    Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (see These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University (see the Senate Report on Principles and Priorities

    Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity. Information on academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (see Academic Regulation 1, on the Arts and Science website (see, and from the instructor of this course. Departures from academic integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.

    Download the  Statement on Academic Integrity for Inclusion in Course Syllabi and Assignments  [PDF]

    Disability Accommodations

    Queen's University is committed to achieving full accessibility for persons with disabilities. Part of this commitment includes arranging academic accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure they have an equitable opportunity to participate in all of their academic activities. If you are a student with a disability and think you may need accommodations, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) and register as early as possible. For more information, including important deadlines, please visit the DSO website at:


    The material on this website is copyrighted and is for the sole use of students registered in LATN 209. The material on this website may be downloaded for a registered student’s personal use, but shall not be distributed or disseminated to anyone other than students registered in LATN 209.  Failure to abide by these conditions is a breach of copyright, and may also constitute a breach of academic integrity under the University Senate’s Academic Integrity Policy Statement.

    This page was last updated 28 August, 2013 .

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