Classical Summer School
SUNDERLAND / NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITIES and JACT
CLASSICAL SUMMER SCHOOL
Courses in Latin and Ancient Greek
St John’s College
University of Durham
21st – 28th July 2007
Director Alan Beale
Central Newcastle High School and the Centre for Lifelong Learning
Consultant Dr. Peter Jones
Secretaries Clare Aitchison, Jane Gilhespie, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Sunderland, Joseph Cowen House, St. Thomas Street,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
Courses will be offered in both languages at four levels:
Beginners (no previous knowledge required)
Intermediate Level 1 (pre-GCSE, OU A296/7 standard or similar)
Intermediate Level 2 (post-GCSE, OU A396/7 standard or similar)
Advanced (up to A Level, Undergraduate or similar)
Students will follow a course appropriate to their experience in one language, but in the advanced groups it may be possible to spend half of the week on each language. Other arrangements can be made on request.
The Beginners courses will be for those who have no previous knowledge of the language. Those with very little knowledge might join either beginners or intermediate groups according to their needs. For Greek, the JACT course Reading Greek (C.U.P.) and, for Latin, Reading Latin (C.U.P.) will be used. It is recommended that students purchase their own copies but a supply will be available and copies will be on sale at a discount at the Summer School. It is important for students to consolidate the work of this intensive course soon afterwards. An Independent Study Guide for Reading Greek and an Independent Study Guide for Reading Latin are published by CUP.
The Intermediate groups will also use these books and may progress onto other texts depending on the experience of students in each group. In Level 2 students will be consolidating language skills and reading some original Greek (suitable for A396) or Latin passages. Level 1 will start from the stage reached by Open University students (A296/7) in their course and will concentrate on basic language skills. The following details might help to clarify the content of Intermediate Level 1:
We will aim to cover as much of Section 4 of Reading Latin as possible, according to the demands of students on the course. The following grammatical points will feature: imperfect and pluperfect tenses; actives, deponents and passives; pronouns, relative clauses; locatives, uses of the ablative and genitive; participles (including ablative absolutes); infinitives and indirect statements; subjunctives (cum + subjunctive).
The aim is to read as much of Reading Greek sections 6-8 as possible, after a quick revision of section 5 (according to the needs of the group). The main grammatical features will be: imperfect, future and aorist tenses (indicative, active and middle), present optatives, present and aorist participles, infinitives and imperatives (active and middle); the main irregular verbs; the completion of the cases and types of nouns, adjectives and pronouns; uses of the genitive and dative, prepositions, comparison of adjectives and adverbs.
A396 and A397
In intermediate level 2 we will use a selection of literature and grammar suitable for the students who apply. We will, for example, read the selections from the Cambridge Latin Anthology or Aeneid 2 required for A397.
The advanced groups will read two texts which will be chosen to avoid what students have already read or are currently studying. It is important for students to provide detailed information about their reading on the academic application form in order to achieve this. Groups will be allocated to a different tutor for each text and it will be possible to study one Latin text and one Greek text or both texts in one language.
During each day there will be three one-hour sessions with time for private study and relaxation in between. Each session will last for one hour and will demand considerable preparation by students. In the evenings there will be lectures and other events, and there will be two free afternoons when there will be opportunities to visit local museums and sites. An excursion to Hadrian’s Wall will be organised.
Students will be expected to attend the whole course, arriving between 4.00 and 6.00 p.m. on Saturday 21st and departing after lunch on Saturday 28th July 2006.
St. John’s College is ideally situated, very close to the cathedral and within a few minutes walk of the centre of Durham. The college buildings were originally 18th C town houses. There are terrace gardens leading down to riverside walks, sitting rooms, a TV lounge, a pool table and a bar. The library will be available for study at all times, although books may not be taken out. Parking is available, but at a short distance from the college: special arrangements can be made for the disabled.
There are single and twin-bedded rooms, all with fitted hand-basins. Bath, shower and toilet facilities are within easy reach of every room.
The college is extremely well maintained and offers a comfortable and convenient environment for work and relaxation.
If participants want to come prior to the start of the course or leave at a later date, it is possible to book Bed and Breakfast accommodation in advance. The same facilities can be available for parents delivering or collecting students. The Bed and Breakfast rate is £26 inclusive of VAT. Further details are available on the College website www.dur.ac.uk/st-johns.college/
Durham is on the main north-east railway line. London is less than three hours away and Edinburgh is less than two. There are easy connections with most other parts of the country, including a direct service to Bristol and the south-west. The city lies just to the west of the A1M and there are regular long-distance bus services. Further details of the location and the best bus routes will be provided to course members nearer the time.
The full course fee is £450 for a double room, with the option of a £30 supplement for a single room. These prices include all tuition fees and full board and lodging. For non-residents the cost will be £370 which includes all tuition fees and all meals except breakfast. All applicants should enclose a deposit of £75 (cheques made payable to ‘University of Sunderland’), which will be refunded if the application is unsuccessful or withdrawal becomes necessary before cancellation charges apply (7 days before the course, after which the full cost of residence at St. John’s will apply, although the college is prepared to take individual circumstances into account). Similar terms will apply for anyone who has to leave early.
By upgrading the accommodation the summer school has become more expensive, but we have managed to spread the rise in price over two years.
We are able to offer a number of bursaries thanks to the subsidies from our sponsors. It is hoped that adequate assistance will be available for everyone who needs it. Grants can also be obtained from elsewhere and we would urge everyone to apply to LEA, school or university as well as to the Summer School so that we can distribute our limited funds to those who are most in need.
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