THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER FACULTY OF HUMANITIES SCHOOL OF ARTS, HISTORIES AND CULTURES Classics and Ancient History Application for Retention Funding Context 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 relational. 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. Budget 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 them 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.