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Latin - beginner group

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Course ID: 4018-LEK-L0 Erasmus code / ISCED: 09.001 / (0231) Language acquisition
Course title: Latin - beginner group Name in Polish: Język łaciński - gr. zerowa
Organizational unit: Faculty of "Artes Liberales"
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Language: Polish
Type of course:

foreign languages

Short description:

Learning Latin from scratch (grammar, syntax, vocabulary) with emphasis on word formation, especially in terms of the presence of Latin in contemporary languages.

Full description:

The classes aim to teach students to understand simple Latin texts, show them the huge impact of Latin on contemporary languages (especially the Romance languages), and expand their knowledge on the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome.

Written test.

I. During the classes students will learn about Latin inflection and syntax as well as basic vocabulary needed for further linguistic studies, and will expand their knowledge on the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome.

II. Planned material:

- history of Latin, pronunciation and rules for accentuation

- declensions I-V (nouns, adjectives, exceptions)

- indicativus activi and passivi praesentis, imperfecti, futuri I, indicativus perfecti, plusquamperfecti, futuri II activi, imperativus praesentis activi and passivi, infinitivus praesentis activi and passivi, infinitivus perfecti activi conjugation I-IV and the word esse and its compounds as well as irregular verbs

- pronouns: personal, possessive, indicative (a selection), relative

- the functions of the cases: genetivus partitivus, dativus possessivus, ablativus auctoris, ablativus temporis, ablativus loci, ablativus comparationis, nominativus and accusativus duplex

- the ACI structure (praesens activi and passivi, perfectum activi)

- verba defectiva

- comparison of adjectives and adverbs

- gerundivum, gerundium

- reading Latin texts appropriate for the students’ skills



1. Podręcznik (skrypt) wybrany przez prowadzącego zajęcia.

2. Słownik łacińsko―polski, oprac. K. Kumaniecki, Warszawa 1990 lub Mały słownik łacińsko―polski, red. nauk. J. Korpanty, Warszawa 2003.

3. Wielewski M., Krótka gramatyka języka łacińskiego, Warszawa 1986 lub Wikarjak J., Gramatyka opisowa języka łacińskiego, Warszawa 1978.


Grimal P., Słownik mitologii greckiej i rzymskiej, Wrocław 1987.

Kalinkowski S., Aurea Dicta t. I, II, Warszawa 2001.

Kopaliński W., Słownik mitów i tradycji kultury, Warszawa 1993.

Korolko M., Słownik kultury śródziemnomorskiej w Polsce, Warszawa 2004.

Mała encyklopedia kultury antycznej, red. Z. Piszczek, Warszawa 1983.

Learning outcomes:


- basic knowledge on the place of Latin among the Indo-European languages and its importance for the development of modern languages and contemporary scientific disciplines

- basic knowledge on the structures and vocabulary of ancient Latin enabling identification of Latin roots in scientific terminology and work with texts by ancient authors


- efficiently using dictionaries, grammar books and all kinds of auxiliary materials

- translating simple texts from Latin to Polish

Social competences:

- being aware of the limited scope of one’s knowledge and skills

- understanding the need for continual learning and upgrading professional competence, especially by improving language skills; flexibly defining the directions of one’s personal development

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

Students’ active participation in classes may (or may not) be rewarded with a very good mark; regarding tests during the course, to receive a pass mark students have to obtain at least 60% of the points.

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