CLAS 102L: Latin 2



Course Rules

Course Readings






Latin First Year,
Spring Semester

Prof. John P. Adams
435 Sierra Tower
(818) 677-3459 [or 677-3467, and leave message]

OFFICE HOURS: MWF 7:30-8; MWF 10-11; and by appointment.

The Professor can also be reached by e-mail at:

The Professor also has a WWW Web Page:


Frederick WHEELOCK, Latin Grammar 6th ed. revised by R. LaFleur (2005).
The accompanying workbook by P. Comeaux and R. La Fleur is also required.


  • (1) ATTENDANCE: The attendance policy of the Department of Foreign Languages is that all classes must be attended. However, it is understood that this is sometimes impossible, and so the student is allowed three (-3-) "unexcused absences". Beyond three unexcused absences, the Instructor is entitled (but not required) to lower the student’s grade by as much as one full grade (e.g. from B- to C-). Students should keep close watch on their own attendance. There will be a sign-up sheet at each class which the student is responsible for signing; the sheet must be signed in the classroom during the class period. "Excused absences"do not count, if the excuse is presented in writing, with documentation, and it is found by the Instructor to be an acceptable excuse [illness, appearance in court, job interview (a limited number of times), kidnapping [if reported to the FBI] are examples of "excused absences") Unacceptable excuses include: sleeping-in, meeting relatives at the airport, missed a ride. Car trouble is negotiable. There is no credit given for attendance.

  • (2) CLASS PARTICIPATION: The student should be prepared to volunteer, or accept being volunteered by the Instructor in any class at any time. Learning a language is not a cram situation; it requires continuous attention. Up to 10% of the final course grade. This may include drills through computer programs, which are available in the Barbara K. Ward Language Center (Jerome Richfield 316).

  • (3) QUIZZES: There will be regular quizzes, announced the class before the quiz. The quizzes will have to be at the end of the class hour. So make arrangements about lateness with your instructors if you have a class at the nest hour. The number of quizzes will depend upon the speed of your progress in Latin. All together, the quizzes will be worth approximately 40% of the final course grade (thus, the more quizzes, the less any one quiz damages your grade).

  • (4) THE MIDTERM (an academic tradition): Comprehensive. 50 minutes. In the 8th week of the class (probably the Friday of that week). Cultural material discussed in class will be tested. Approximately 20% of the final course grade.

  • (5) THE FINAL. Comprehensive. On the day specified in the "Course Schedule". Non-negotiable, unless you have 3 exams on the same day. Exams cannot be given early, by university regulations. So plan your trips in May (especially to Weddings and Graduations) accordingly. Cultural material discussed in class will be tested. The FINAL will be worth about 25% of the final course grade. 1 1/2 hours.

  • (6) CLASS PRESENTATIONS. Each student will be asked to make an oral class presentation, embodying the results of their investigation into a Roman personnage, institution, or social or political phenomenon. This is part of the cultural component in the course, in accordance with the requirements of a General Education course. The Instructor will provide students with a list of terms from which they may select a project. The class presentation will be graded, and the material presented and discussed will be part of the testable material on Midterm and Final exams. 5%.

The Professor uses the +/- option.


Normally, NO makeups are allowed. At the professor's sole discretion, however, and after the presentation of an explanation and supporting documentation by the student, a re-examination may be allowed.


At the end of the term there are occasionally student(s) who are unable to complete the course requirements in a timely fashion according to the University Schedule of Classes and Schedule of Exams. Please read the policy statement and instructions for a person who falls into this category at the end of the term. It is the student's responsibility to see to this matter.

Cheating and plagarism:

Consult the University Catalogue for definitions. A student's work is assumed to be the sole work of the student and no one else; any collaboration, unless authorized by the Instructor, constitutes plagarism. The Instructor will assign a grade of "Zero" for an assignment on which cheating or plagarism is detected.

In view of the large number of students in the course, NO EXTRA CREDIT projects can be authorized.

The lectures given in this course are the intellectual property of the Instructor and under his copyright. They may not be recorded in any form, including tape recording, video recording, phone video or audio recording, etc., the sole exception being the taking of class notes by the student personally or by an authorized substitite. Such notes are for the sole purpose of a student's study to fulfill the requirements of the course. Any other use is forbidden. If you wish to obtain any exception to this policy, you must obtain the express written consent of the Instructor.


(second semester)
  • -Acquire additional knowledge of Latin Morphology, including the passive voice and the subjunctive mood, the fourth and fifth declensions, comparison of adjectives and adverbs. adverbs as appropriate.
  • -Acquire additional working knowledge of Latin Vocabulary, some 300 more words in most common use.
  • Acquire additional skills in dealing with sentences involving purpose, causation, conditionals, jussives, indirect discourse, indirect questions, etc.
  • -Acquire more advanced skills in translating compound and complex Latin sentences and moderate-length paragraphs into English; this will aid in refining each student’s knowledge of English grammar and syntax as well.
  • -Acquire additional knowledge, through word study, concept analysis, reading of paragraphs from ancient Latin authors, and student reports, of Roman institutions and ways of thought (the cross-cultural component).

COURSE OBJECTIVES & OUTCOMES (University & Departmental Assessment)

Revised: 08/09/2006, 12/22/2007


May 15, 2009 7:57 PM

John Paul Adams, CSUN

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