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Classics and Ancient History
Application for Retention Funding
The beginners’ Latin and Greek course in Classics are extremely intensive, involving both the
learning of a great deal of new material and also for many students a new form of learning. This
year, in part because of the success of the Introductory Language Day in registration week, we have
recruited a very substantial part of our new intake to our language courses. Because these courses
are very intensive and learning curves for language differ, we believe that it would be helpful for
some students to have a re-inforcing session some 2/3s of the way through each semester. It is
therefore proposed to hold a half-day workshop in each classical language to re-inforce the basics of
the language concerned and ensure that any difficulties previously encountered by students be
cleared up. The aim is to prevent students dropping out of these language modules, ensure
examination success, encourage progression to further language modules in year 1, and to increase
the number of students applying for the advanced Latin 1 module in their second year.
Given that all 1st year beginners language modules have a mid-semester test, it will be possible
to identify and target the students who would gain the greatest benefit from such workshops.
However it is envisaged that the workshops will be open to all who wish to attend.
Past experience has also shown that some students taking the Advanced Latin One module have
also on occasions struggled with the application of grammar they learnt the previous year to the
more challenging texts they are reading. These students would also benefit from these re-inforcing
workshops, particularly those in the second semester.
Our language courses also attract auditing students from Medieval Studies and PhD history
programmes and the workshops would also be open to such students.
Who will benefit?
As outlined above a substantial number of students would benefit from the proposed workshops:
undergraduate Students taking CLAH20151 Fast Track Greek 1 (Elementary), CLAH 20171 Fast
Track Latin 1 (Elementary), CLAH30162 Fast Track Greek 2 (Intermediate), CLAH30182 Fast
Track Latin 2 (Intermediate), CLAH30120 Advanced Greek Language I, CLAH 30110 Advanced
Latin Language I;
Graduate students taking CLAH 70171 Fast Track Latin 1 (Elementary), CLAH 70151 Fast
Track Greek 1 (Elementary), CLAH 70162 Fast Track Greek 2 (Intermediate), CLAH 70182 Fast
Track Latin 2 (Intermediate), CLAH 70120 Advanced Greek Language I, CLAH 70110 Advanced
Latin Language I;
Potentially various auditing MA students outside the department;
Auditing PhD students within the department and outside.
Online technologies
While the department is investigating the use of online material for language work, it would not be
appropriate for these workshops which are specifically intended to be face-to-face, intensive, and
Measuring success
Success will be measured by the uptake, continuation, and pass rate for beginners language courses,
progression to advanced language courses, and also (although this may only be anecdotal) in the
willingness of students studying translation to engage with primary texts. It is our aim to overcome
the need for forced changes of programmes for students, after one or two semesters, as a result of
failure in language courses.
Continuing the programme
This request for funding relates only to these workshops for their initial year. Since they form part
of a wider programme of measures taken to improve the student experience of language courses,
success is not dependent on the identification of specific ongoing funding.
We would be hoping for some 60 attendees and two GTAs to teach the workshops. Therefore
costing for all four workshops would break down as follows:
Coffee/biscuits for 120 (@ current Food onCampus prices) £105.00. The language
introductory day generated a strong sense of student identity and the refreshment breaks provided
proved a vital part of this process. It is therefore thought appropriate that a coffee break be
provided. It also provides an opportunity for tutors to be “buttonholed” on a one to one basis.
GTA payments -. The normal school rate for GTAs is £35.20 per hour. 16 hours’ (8 hours
Latin/8 hours Greek) teaching would be therefore total £ 563.20
Grand Total: £668.20
Outline of workshops
All sessions have exposition and practical work elements
1st semester
9am –11am
Working through in small groups the principles of inflection, agreement in the language
concerned and those of formal grammar in general as many of our students have had no teaching in
this area prior to coming up to Manchester.
How to use dictionaries/lexica to locate vocabulary successfully (this is substantially more
difficult that the use of English dictionaries as not all parts of ancient words are listed in the form
they will be encountered).
11-11.30 am
Coffee break and informal question session
11.30am – 1pm
Techniques for successful translation.
Application of material taught in 1st session to translation both from, and into, English
2nd Semester
9am –11am
Revision of more complex constructions encountered in the 2 languages
Explanation of the principles of the subjunctive/optative moods and advice on how to identify
11-11.30 am
Coffee break and informal question session
11.30am – 1pm
Techniques for successful translation.
Application of material taught in 1st session to translation both from and into English.