First-Year Latin, Part 1

First-Year Latin, Part 1

LATIN 041 | Online | High School, | Middle School

First-Year Latin, Part 1 teaches basic grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and reading skills as well as Latin influences on the English language. It also includes translations that focus on the mythology, culture, and history of Rome. This is the first course in a four-part Latin series (LATIN 041, LATIN 043, LATIN 051, and LATIN 053).

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First-Year Latin, Part 1 teaches basic grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and reading skills as well as Latin influences on the English language. It also includes translations that focus on the mythology, culture, and history of Rome. This is the first course in a four-part Latin series (LATIN 041, LATIN 043, LATIN 051, and LATIN 053).

Course Outline:

Unit 1: Pronunciation and the Nominative Case

Unit 2: Accusative Case and the Present Tense

Unit 3: Genetive and Dative Cases and Future Tense

Unit 4: Ablative Case, -R Ending Nouns, and Imperative Verbs

Unit 5: Second Conjugation, Perfect Tense, and Neuter Nouns

Unit 6: Second Declension, -R Adjectives, and Conjugation of Sum

Unit 7: Asking Questions and the Third Conjugation

Unit 8: Third -IO and Fourth Conjugation Verbs and Adverbs

Materials

First-Year Latin, Part 1 Printed Course ReadingsOptionalPaper Manual $12.00

Latin For Americans Book One 8EUllmanISBN: 9780026409124Books available from $47.25 - $63.00

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Assignments

Exams

Grading

There are no prerequisites for this course.

In taking this course, you will learn to do the following:

  1. Read Latin, the same Latin the ancient Romans spoke.
  2. Build English vocabulary skills by applying knowledge of Latin word roots.
  3. Translate Latin into English and English into Latin.
  4. Enjoy the stories and customs of the ancient Roman World.
  5. Pay careful attention to detail in Latin as well as in other aspects of life.
  6. Discover the influences of Latin all around us.

Textbooks

The text we will be using is Latin for Americans by B.L. Ullman, Charles Henderson, Jr., and Norman Henry, published by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 8th edition, 1997. I chose this book because it moves at a reasonable speed, and the units are designed to teach you about Roman culture, history, and mythology through the translations and exercises. So, as you translate, be sure to pay attention to the information as well as to the language structure.

The best way to succeed in this course is to complete assignments in the following order:

  1. Memorize vocabulary
  2. Memorize the new concept (conjugation, declension, etc.)
  3. Do the translation or exercises

If you follow this order, you will be practicing what you know rather than trying to learn along the way. Also, you will waste less time searching for vocabulary words or the meanings of endings. Therefore, this will help you learn more in less time (every student’s goal). Trust me on this one!

There will be two kinds of assignments in this course: self checks and unit quizzes. The self checks will be assignments you do to help you understand the materials. These assignments will not be calculated into your grade, but you must do them to be able to do well on the unit quizzes.

There are seven unit quizzes, which are computer graded. You will complete these assignments at the end of each unit (except Unit 1). To do well on unit quizzes, be sure to answer the question in your mind or on scratch paper before you look at your multiple choice options. This way, you give your honest answer rather than just guessing.

There will be a final exam at the end of the course that consists of 85 matching and multiple-choice questions. The final exam is worth 28 percent of your final grade. It is closed book and closed notes. The questions on the final will be like the questions on your unit quizzes. If you understand the concepts tested on the unit quizzes and you can answer all of the unit quizzes correctly, you will do very well on the final.

Your grade will be calcuated as follows:

Assignment

Weight

Unit Quizzes (10% each)

70%

Final Exam

30%

TOTAL

100%

Grade Scale

A

100%–93%

C

76%–73%

A-

92%–90%

C-

72%–70%

B+

89%–87%

D+

69%–67%

B

86%–83%

D

66%–63%

B-

82%–80%

D-

62%–60%

C+

79%–77%

E (fail)

59%–0%

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment. . . .

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

Copyright © 2018 Brigham Young University. All rights reserved.

Published by the

Department of Independent Study

Division of Continuing Education

Brigham Young University

120 MORC

Provo, Utah 84602-1514

USA

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study  page.

Assignments

7 computer-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.

Exams

1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass with at least 60 percent to earn credit for the course.

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words. As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism

  1. You will fail the unit and be allowed the opportunity to resubmit the unit (or)
  2. You will fail the unit and be denied the opportunity to resubmit the unit

Second Offense of Plagiarism

  1. You will fail the unit and fail the class (or)
  2. You will fail the unit, fail the class, and may be ineligible to enroll in a specific course or any of our courses without going through an appeals process which will determine the severity of your plagiarism

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

Other Materials

You will need access to a printer and scanner to complete required handwritten assignments. Speaking appointments are required and use audio and video. You will need a headset or speakers, a microphone and a webcam. For optimal connection speeds during speaking appointments, it is recommended that you use a hard-wired, high-speed internet connection during the appointment. This course functions best in a web browser other than Internet Explorer. If you only have Internet Explorer, you can download other browsers (e.g., Firefox, Safari, etc.) for free online. If you have trouble playing audio files in Internet Explorer, you may wish to associate your audio (mp3) files with the Quicktime player. If you have trouble doing this, contact Technical Support at 1-877-897-8085 or istech@byu.edu.

     

    Participation Policy

    A little thought will convince you that consistency is key. No one grade on a quiz or assignment will hurt you or help you much, but your pattern of effort will add up. Consistently preparing well (practice makes permanent) will give you the skills you want, the skills that will enable you to use Arabic (and also do well on the final exam). Remember, learning a language happens by diligently and regularly working on it. Daily assignments are all constructed to help you stay focused, but they can be subverted and turned into busy work that results in minimal real learning. We hope you understand that the assignment sets, quizzes, and tests are there for a purpose: so that you can learn Arabic. You can defeat that purpose rather easily, so be careful.
    Language learning is an indirect, rather than a direct, result of the kinds of activities, drills, and online participation that you do. You will often not see a jump in your knowledge based on your having done a particular assignment. However, you must keep involved in the language for anything to happen at all. It is possible to turn any assignment (or a whole semester’s worth of them) into busy work. Please pay attention to why you are doing the drills, attend to the meaning of the sentences you are working with, and don’t ever allow yourself to do a drill just to “get it done.” 

    A Word about Assignment Keys

    Please use them as they are intended. Give your best effort to the assignments and then check them afterward, making corrections as needed. Where a key to an assignment is available, we expect you to make your own corrections. Please do them in a different color, so they will be easy to see. We strongly encourage you to keep all of your assignments and quizzes to use for later review—and to discipline yourself to pay close attention to feedback, whether written or oral. 

    Conversation Café and Speaking Appointments

    The Conversation Café is a virtual room where conversation practice and speaking appointments take place. Minimal English is used in the Café. Activities are moderated by a TA/instructor.


    Grading Note

    The chief cause of lower-than-expected final grades for this course (which means one hasn’t acquired the Arabic skills this course is designed to impart, the skills you want) is lack of diligence (missed homework and quizzes, not to mention the failure to review vocabulary regularly). The underlying cause, more often than not, turns out to be the tendency to bite off more than one can handle (work, school, social life). It takes time to learn Arabic. Count the cost of building the tower before you start and plan accordingly.

     

    Technical Considerations

    This course functions best in a web browser other than Internet Explorer. If you only have Internet Explorer, you can download other browsers (e.g., Firefox, Safari, etc.) for free online.

    Copyright Notice

    The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

    “Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

    Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)


    Copyright © 2016 Brigham Young University. All rights reserved.
    Published by the
    Department of Independent Study
    Division of Continuing Education
    Brigham Young University
    120 MORC
    Provo, Utah 84602-1514
    USA 

    Responsibility and Expectations

    The great thing about an Independent Study course is just that—it is independent. You can work at your own pace and learn by your own individual methods. However, with an Independent Study course, you are responsible to do your own work, meet deadlines, and stay on top of things. I recommend that you make yourself a schedule and stick to it so you don’t end up cramming everything to the end. Also, in order to really master a foreign language, it is crucial that you practice and apply the principles you learn. Therefore, I would recommend spending at least one hour every week in outside activities, such as watching French movies, listening to French music, or speaking to someone in French. If you put some effort and organization into it, this course should be informative, educational, applicable, and fun. 

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