Latin introduces students to the most frequently encountered Latin vocabulary and provides an extensive understanding of Latin Grammar.
Students begin the study of Latin by approaching vocabulary and grammar which leads to reading, translating and analysing a Latin text. Within these texts, students are introduced to classical stories (e.g. the Trojan war), in which human values are discussed and represented.
In addition, students read Latin literature in the original language as part of their GCSE course, developing further analytical skills and enhancing their knowledge of the classical world and the language therein.
The study of Latin provides students with the analytical tools to approach any language, modern or ancient, providing both an understanding of the cultural diversity of the ancient world as well as a glimpse of the linguistic evolution of European languages.
During the GCSE course, students develop a clear understanding of the etymological sources of most English vocabulary and recognise the common origin of romance inflective languages (e.g. Spanish and French). Additionally, the problem-solving skills developed during the rigorous linguistic analysis of Latin are transferable and valuable for any form of research and are essential when working in businesses around the world.
Students with an expertise in Latin are provided with a significant academic advantage towards a career in journalism, law, languages, historical, archaeological and political research. Lastly, the knowledge of Latin is beneficial for academically talented students who intend to undertake successfully a career in medicine or science.
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