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Latin Botanical Terms

Course Description

Have you ever noticed that the name of the plant Gladiolus has something in common with 'gladiator' What's the connection Over two thirds of all English words have Greek or Latin roots. In the vocabulary of the sciences and technology, the figure rises to nearly all words. Taught by a classicist, this course is a light and informative introduction to elements of Latin exploring the vocabulary of botany. You will learn some Latin words and discover some curiosities about names of plants and their properties.

Location: Online Course

Course Requirements

This is an introductory course and does not assume any previous knowledge of Latin. This course would benefit anyone interested in language structure, English grammar and linguistics. It would also assist students studying disciplines like law, science, theology, and medicine which have a strong tradition in Latin and still utilize its vocabulary extensively.

Course Content

You will be introduced to the historical background that made Latin the language of the sciences and the base of Romance languages. You will learn how to read Latin according to the Classical pronunciation (received pronunciation) and translate simple pairs of words from botanical names. You will acquire a small vocabulary of Latin words that are already part of your daily life. You will be introduced to some basics of Latin grammatical structure which allow for a better understanding of the basic functions of English vocabulary and grammar. You will develop some strategies for language acquisition considering the relationship between Latin and English. In general terms you will establish the foundations for a beginner course in Latin.

Teaching and Learning Methods

In this course you will be actively learning Latin through a variety of interactive classroom activities, in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. You will work in pairs/small groups to practise memory techniques, with worksheets and activities to develop your reading and writing. Learning will be enriched through the use of audio-visual aids, online interactive resources and board games. Resources used within each lesson are available for learners on our online learning platform, Google Classroom. There is no formal homework, however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and to develop memory techniques to retain the vocabulary discovered and analysed during the lesson. Your tutor will also recommend museums or websites for you to visit to enrich your study.


Assessment is continuous and will take place throughout the course. The tutor will give you feedback on your speaking in class, and mark your written work. During the course, you will set up an individual learning plan, where you will reflect on your progress and set your own targets. There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

WM College offers a variety of Latin courses at beginner level. On completion of this course, please speak to your tutor for advice on further progression.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
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