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GCSE Latin

GCSE Latin

Head of Department: Mrs E Gambino
Email: egambino@stedmundscollege.org
Latin Specification: EDUQAS/WJEC GCSE (9-1)

The Languages Faculty uses the EDUQAS GCSE to provide a foundation in linguistic and cultural competence, enabling pupils to gain knowledge and understanding of the Roman world through reading and responding to its language and literature.  Eduqas provides a balanced syllabus, with an attractive combination of language, literature and civilisation components.

 

Component 1: Latin Language (50%)

Pupils will develop fluency in translation and comprehension through reading passages of Latin on mythological and historical themes. They will build on their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and will also have an opportunity to try their hand at translating from English to Latin.

 

Component 2: Literature and Sources (30%)

A chance to explore a range of historical sources, mostly in the original Latin, on a theme such as ‘Love and Marriage’, ‘Growing up in Ancient Rome’ or ‘Readers and Writers’. Pupils will develop skills in reading original texts and analysing sources.

 

Component 3 (20%)

Either 3a Latin Literature: Narratives

Pupils will read an extract from one of the great works of Latin Literature, such as Virgil’s epic poem, the Aeneid or Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Or 3b Roman Civilisation

Pupils will investigate Roman historical sources on a topic such as ‘Roman Britain’, ‘Daily Life in Ancient Rome’ or ‘Leisure and Entertainment’.

 

Assessment is by examination at the end of the course.

 

How to choose your language(s) at GCSE? 

The most important factor should be your level of enjoyment – choose the language you have enjoyed most in Bounds (years 7-9).

  • Do not let yourself be influenced by your friends’ choice – they may enjoy studying a particular language, but if you do not, you will soon lose interest.
  • Do not choose/discard a language because of your assumption as to which teacher will be taking your group. Timetabling is a very complex procedure and things may not work out in the way you assume.
  • Do take into account which language you feel stronger at or most ‘at ease’ with. The length of time you have studied a language is a good measure of your level of experience. Your second foreign language may feel easier at the moment, but it is only because you have not reached the same level of complexity as you may have in  your first language,. The IGCSE/GCSE courses require a similar level of competence in all languages, so the present pace of learning may change as the course progresses.
  • External motivation may be a significant factor when choosing a language (such as having a holiday home in Spain or a family business in Switzerland), but if not supported by internal motivation – i.e. your own desire to learn that language – it will not be enough to keep you on track in the longer term.
    • Do not let yourself be influenced by your friends’ choice – they may enjoy studying a particular language, but if you do not, you will soon lose interest.
    • Do not choose/discard a language because of your assumption as to which teacher will be taking your group. Timetabling is a very complex procedure and things may not work out in the way you assume.
    • Do take into account which language you feel stronger at or most ‘at ease’ with. The length of time you have studied a language is a good measure of your level of experience. Your second foreign language may feel easier at the moment, but it is only because you have not reached the same level of complexity as you may have in  your first language,. The IGCSE/GCSE courses require a similar level of competence in all languages, so the present pace of learning may change as the course progresses.
  • Motivation is, ultimately, the best way of predicting success.
  • Able linguists do not have the restrictions of those who find language learning challenging and should definitely consider doing more than one language.

Think beyond GCSE/IGCSE.  Universities and employers value languages and value the skills developed by people who have studied languages.

 

 

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