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Advanced Higher Latin

COURSE OUTLINE

 There are three units, each 40 hours long:  Translation, Interpretation and Investigation.

TRANSLATION 
passages from Livy and Virgil

INTERPRETATION
the letters of Cicero, Seneca and Pliny.

DISSERTATION
a 4.000 word research project on an aspect of the Roman world

OPTIONAL: PROSE COMPOSITION
translation of passages into Latin                

METHODOLOGY

The emphasis is on acquiring skills:

  • problem solving through language
  • close reading and analysis
  • a critical approach to reading
  • written communication skills
  • independent research and presentation skills

Such skills are invaluable for higher education and employment.

 HOMEWORK

 Homework is issued after every lesson and consists of familiar tasks:

  • translation of sentences and passages
  • learning the prescribed texts and notes
  • answering Interpretation questions
  • writing essays
  • producing sentences / passages of Latin (optional prose composition)

 ASSESSMENT

 External          
Two papers to sit, one 90 minute paper for Interpretation (100 marks) and one of 85 minutes for Translation (100 marks).  4,000 word dissertation to be submitted (100 marks).

Internal          
2 Translation assessments (prose & verse), 45 minutes each (50 marks).
1 Interpretation assessment, 1hour 30 minutes (75 marks).
Plan of Dissertation, list of sources and 4,000 words to be submitted.
Prose composition – 1 assessment, 1 hour 30 minutes (100 marks)