Upper School (IGCSEs)

IGCSE Latin

Description

The International GCSE online school syllabus is great for pupils who want to learn the language of Latin. Students will quickly be able to read and understand Latin in a variety of scenarios – see course content below. The teaching and learning is focused on the language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as students progress through their studies.

The course will also offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the Roman empire, and how Roman language has influenced modern European languages. Thus, knowledge of Latin is a useful base for language learning in general. It is also the perfect preparation for further study at A Level.

Assessment

Teacher assessments are continuous during LIVE TAUGHT lessons, marking of coursework and assignments and summative tests.

Homework

Homework will be given at the end of each week, usually in the form of speaking, listening, and writing exercises.

Reporting

Parents have 24 /7 access to all of their student’s coursework. Teachers are available during term times to discuss student progress.

There are three separate assessment objectives:

1 Linguistic knowledge with understanding
To pass Cambridge IGCSE Latin, candidates should be able to:
• express, according to context, the meaning of linguistic elements (vocabulary, morphology and syntax)
• express, according to context, the meaning of Latin sentences written in Latin word order
• translate a passage of Latin into English
• understand the details and general meaning of a passage of Latin
• give English words which derive from given Latin words.

2 Literary knowledge with understanding
To pass Cambridge IGCSE Latin, candidates should be able to:
• describe character, action and context
• select details from the text
• explain meanings and references
• translate a portion of the text
• explain matters relating to the social and historical context
• scan two lines of hexameter verse.

3 Literary criticism with personal response
To pass Cambridge IGCSE Latin, candidates should be able to:
• analyse and evaluate style, tone and metre (where appropriate)
• select evidence to make judgements on the social and historical context
• make a reasoned personal response to the literature

The prescribed texts for 2020, 2021 and 2022 are listed below.

Verse
Virgil, Aeneid Book 6, lines 264–416 (di, quibus imperium est animarum … limo glaucaque exponit in ulva)
No particular edition is specified as availability differs widely between countries.

Prose
Introducing Cicero Chapter 9, Denunciation of Catiline (Scottish Classics Group, 2013 – other editions are available)

For the Cambridge IGCSE in Latin, candidates take two compulsory components: Paper 1 Language and Paper 2 Literature. Candidates are awarded grades ranging from A* to G.

Paper 1 Language: 1 hour 30 minutes
There are two sections in this paper. In Section A, candidates translate a passage of Latin prose into English. In Section B, candidates answer comprehension questions on a passage of Latin prose and give four English words which derive from given Latin words.
160 marks weighted at 50% of total marks available

Paper 2 Literature: 1 hour 30 minutes
Candidates answer questions on the prescribed texts. Questions test comprehension, translation, scansion and appreciation of the literature.
80 marks weighted at 50% of total marks available

Parents are responsible for arranging their child’s examinations at their local registered examination centre. Cambridge Home School students study from every part of the globe and so it is not practical for the school to offer a single venue to sit examinations. Consequently, Cambridge Home School is not registered with Cambridge International Examinations but has partnerships with examination centres registered with Cambridge International Examinations, Edexcel, OCR, AQA and will support students in locating a suitable venue for sitting their written and practical examinations.

The Teacher

From Miss Petito

Hi.  I am a native Italian speaker who is fluent in Latin. I am a highly experienced teacher of Latin at Lower school, IGCSE and A Level, with a proven track record of helping students achieve great success.  I am passionate about languages and also about Roman culture and civilisation.  It brings me great joy to share my knowledge with young people and to see them learn to love languages too.

Miss Petito Cambridge Home School