Latin Words in Contemporary English Language

Course Description

Have you ever wondered where ?e.g.? comes from? ?e.g.? is a Latin expression: ?exempla gratia?. Curiosities like this are the core of this course, given that over 60% of all English words have Greek or Latin roots. Taught by a classicist, this course is a light and informative introduction to elements of Latin exploring English words derived from Latin. The course will help you improve your writing through knowledge of Latin derivatives, and you will discover curiosities about English vocabulary.

Location: Online Course

Course Content

You will be introduced to the historical background that made Latin the base of Romance languages. You will learn how to read Latin according to the Classical pronunciation (received pronunciation) and translate short Latin expressions in contemporary usage. You will acquire a small vocabulary of Latin words that are already part of your daily life. You will develop an understanding of how modern English vocabulary incorporates and reflects Latin roots.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 gain an appreciation of Latin?s wide-reaching historical and cultural impact and consider how different languages lead people to express ideas in different ways. You will develop 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.

Independent Learning

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.

Qualification you will achieve

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

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Additional Information

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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 provides financial support for course fees, which is based on an eligibility criteria. For more information, please contact a member of the Learner Services team at the main reception.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572