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Latin

Introduction

The Latin Department at Auckland Grammar School is the largest in New Zealand and among the largest in the world. The Latin curriculum in Forms 5, 6 and 7 prepares students for the study of both Classical Studies and Latin in the senior school. Those students who choose to terminate their study after Form 4 can claim a linguistic legacy which will support their future studies.

The study of Latin is not entirely linguistic. Historical, geographical and sociological aspects are addressed. Formal grammar is rigorously taught which will both enhance the knowledge of English and allow easier access to the learning of European languages.

A project display hosted by the School Library has been a highlight for many years. Students create a raft of ancient Roman artifacts such as wax tablets, shields, mosaics and many other amazing things. The most original and well-executed projects are awarded ancient Roman coins as prizes.

Form 4

Pre-requisites: Form 3 Latin.

Course description/aims: A complete coverage of Latin accidence (word forms); an introduction to the main areas of syntax (sentence patterns).

Course outline: Students in 4A – 4D or those students who studied from the Auckland Grammar School course books in Form 3 will continue with the Auckland Grammar School course books. Students in 4E – 4R or those students who studied from the Cambridge Latin Course will continue with the Cambridge Latin Course, if numbers allow.

Methods of assessment: Three school examinations per year. Course work marks gained from tests, projects and assessments.

Continuation of subject: The subject is available at every level to Form 7 in at least one option line. Form 4 Latin provides a firm foundation for Form 5 Classical Studies (and beyond).

Form 5 (NCEA Level 1 / Pre-Q):

Pre-requisites: A background of two years’ studying the subject is essential for Form 5. It is important that students should already have been introduced to the passive, the subjunctive, and participles.

Course description/aims: It is intended that this course should lead into both Latin and Classics in the Senior School. This course has been tailored for those students who have a general interest in Roman History and who wish to develop their language awareness by learning formal grammar and by building up their Latin-based English vocabulary without having to acquire the listening and speaking skills of a modern language.

Course outline: There are four Achievement Standards offered for NCEA Level 1 Latin. Of these, two are assessed externally and two internally:

  • 1.1 is an unseen translation, and 1.2 is a comprehension; both these standards have a full vocabulary list provided
  • 1.3 involves the study of Latin poetry, including selected poems of Martial and Catullus
  • 1.6 involves the completion of a syntax course book on the Latin language.

Methods of assessment:

  • Achievement Standards 1.1 and 1.2 will be examined externally
  • Achievement Standard 1.3 will be examined in the Term 2 and Term 3 examinations
  • Achievement Standard 1.6 will be examined over four tests during Terms 2 and 3
  • There will also be an internal Pre-Q examination covering unseen translation, syntax, and the study of Caesar’s De Bello Gallico, at the end of Term 4

Continuation of subject: A full Latin option is available at Form 6 and Form 7. In their fourth year, students will sit NCEA Level 2 or Level 3 Latin. On the basis of our enriched NCEA Level 1 course, students will be able to return to NCEA Level 2 or 3 in their fifth year, if they do not take Latin in Form 6.

Form 6 (NCEA Level 2):

Pre-requisites: A background of three years studying the subject is essential for Form 6. It is important that students are already familiar with all tenses, moods and voices of regular and deponent verbs, all declensions of regular nouns, pronouns and adjectives, and elementary syntax.

Course outline: There are four Achievement Standards offered for NCEA Level 2 Latin. Of these, two are assessed externally and two internally:

  • 2.1 is an unseen translation, and 2.2 is a comprehension; both these Standards have a full vocabulary list provided
  • 2.3 involves the study of Latin prose and poetry, including Caesar’s De Bello Gallico and Virgil’s Aeneid
  • 2.6 involves the completion of a syntax course book on the Latin language.

Methods of assessment: Achievement Standards 2.1 and 2.2 will be examined externally. Achievement Standard 2.3 will be examined in the Term 3 examination. Achievement Standard 2.6 will be examined over four tests during Terms 2 and 3.

Continuation of subject: This course leads directly on to Form 7 Latin and also provides introductory experience for Form 7 Classics.

Form 7 (NCEA Level 3):

Pre-requisites: Form 5 and/or Form 6 Latin.

Course outline: There are four Achievement Standards offered for NCEA Level 3 Latin. Of these, two are assessed externally and two internally:

  • 3.1 is a prose unseen translation, and 3.2 is a poets comprehension; both these Standards have a full vocabulary list provided
  • 3.3 involves the study of Latin prose and poetry, including Caesar’s De Bello Gallico and Virgil’s Aeneid
  • 3.6 involves the completion of a comprehensive syntax course on the Latin language

Methods of assessment: Achievement Standards 3.1 and 3.2 will be examined externally. Achievement Standard 3.3 will be examined in the Term 3 examination. Achievement Standard 3.6 will be examined over four tests during Terms 2 and 3. Most students taking Latin in Form 7 will be expected to present for the NCEA Level 4 (NZQA Scholarship) Latin examination.

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