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*Please note that course syllabi are updated each year in late August 
Prior to August, syllabi on the Classics Department website will reflect the courses as they were offered in the last term or year.  Significant changes in emphasis in course material may occur from year to year, including grading methodology, grade weighting and assignments.   Up-to-date syllabi will be available to students by the first day of class.

LATN 110
Introductory Latin


Dr. B. J. Kavanagh
Office: Room 514, Watson Hall
Office Hours: TBA
Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 78834
Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 11:00 - 12:30  

Class Schedule

Tuesdays 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Thursdays 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Fridays 10:30 AM -11:30 AM
Location: 117 Chernoff Hall (CHE-117)

Teaching Assistant

Kimberley Gagnon - 

Tutorial Schedule - 522 Watson Hall

  • Emilienne Greenfield - Mondays, 11:30-12:30 (revised  time)
  • Kimberley Weaver - Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 (revised day)
  • Kimberley Gagnon - Thursdays & Fridays, 1:30-2:30


Course Description

LATN 110 or Introduction to Latin, the language of the ancient Romans, is designed for students who have not studied Latin before. It is the first step for students who wish to learn the native language of such famous writers as Julius Caesar, Cicero, Vergil, Horace and so many others. Through attendance of each and every class and by close and constant study,students will learn the vocabulary and grammar of this important ancient tongue, the mother of all of the Romance languages and the source of at least half of the words of English.  

Attending every class, not being late for class, and paying attention are behaviours that cannot be over-emphasized; students who elect to ignore even one of those points do so at their academic peril.

Students who check their messages during class will be asked to stop; if they persist, they will be asked to leave.  Please see the policy on Electronic Devices in the Classroom.

 The pace of the course is not slow (1 chapter every two or three class periods), but it is manageable, provided that students keep up with the work. By the end of the First year, students should have a good foundation in the Latin language.

Required Texts

Wheelock's Latin, 7th ed., 2011

    Marking Scheme

    Students can expect a major mid-term test every five chapters, for a total of four mid-terms, all of which are worth 12.5% each. The date of each test will be announced in class. Between every test, there will be at least one vocabulary quiz. While the worth of each quiz is much less than a midterm test, it will give students an idea of what needs to be improved in the way of study. There will not be a Mid-Year Exam, but there will be a Final Exam, which covers the material of the entire course, in April, 2014.

    Vocabulary Quizzes 10%
    Fall Mid-term Tests (2 x 12.5% each)
    Winter Mid-Term Tests (2 x 12.5% each) 25%
    Final Exam (to be scheduled by the registrar)

    Students who miss a quiz or test will need medical documentation in order to write a make-up.

    Marking Methodology

    In this course,  components will be graded using numerical percentage marks.  Your course average will then be converted to a final letter grade according to Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale:

    Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale


    Numerical Course Average (Range)


























    49 and below 

    Electronic Devices in the Classroom

    The Department of Classics believes that maintaining an atmosphere of respect and consideration in the classroom is an important part of the pursuit of free intellectual enquiry. The use of electronic devices in the classroom can be disruptive to both the instructor and to other students, and thus we are introducing guidelines on their use. These guidelines will follow the procedure explained in Section 14 of the Student Code of Conduct and are in force starting January 2011:

    1. Non-course related use of electronic devices (e.g. playing games, watching movies, social networking and texting), including smartphones, tablets and laptops, is regarded by the Department of Classics as disruptive pursuant to Section 14 of the Student Code of Conduct. The use of these devices may be restricted at the discretion of the instructor;
    2. In some courses in CLST, LATN or GREK laptops may not be permitted. You will be told in class by your instructor if this is the case. If the use of laptops is permitted, please understand that their use is restricted to note-taking;
    3. The use of recording devices for lectures is not allowed unless you have requested and been given the express permission of the instructor of the course.

    Academic Integrity

    Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (see These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University (see the Senate Report on Principles and Priorities)

    Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity. Information on academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (see Academic Regulations), on the Arts and Science website and from the instructor of this course.

    Departures from academic integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.

    Download the Statement on Academic Integrity for Inclusion in Course Syllabi and Assignments [PDF]

    Disability Accommodations

    Queen's University is committed to achieving full accessibility for persons with disabilities. Part of this commitment includes arranging academic accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure they have an equitable opportunity to participate in all of their academic activities. If you are a student with a disability and think you may need accommodations, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) and register as early as possible. For more information, including important deadlines, please visit the DSO website at:


    The material on this website is copyrighted and is for the sole use of students registered in LATN 110. The material on this website may be downloaded for a registered student’s personal use, but shall not be distributed or disseminated to anyone other than students registered in LATN 110.  Failure to abide by these conditions is a breach of copyright, and may also constitute a breach of academic integrity under the University Senate’s Academic Integrity Policy Statement.


    This page was last updated 24 January, 2014.

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