This unit (and its complement AL9302C Introductory Ecclesiastical Latin B) introduces the basic grammar and vocabulary of ecclesiastical Latin, and develops the skills of translating ecclesiastical Latin into English.

The course will proceed with a general introduction to ecclesiastical Latin, and an explanation of the pedagogical technique used in class. Thereafter the core mode of instruction will be working through units 1-19 of J. F. Collins, A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin (Washington: Catholic University of America, 1985). Students are strongly advised to have a copy of Collins’ primer in class. Classes will be a mixture of lectures presenting new material, and tutorials to drill material, revise previous material, practise translating, and discuss difficulties. Some time will also be reserved for in-class tests.

Students taking the unit at graduate level are expected to develop competence beyond that expected of undergraduate students; for example, graduate level students should develop a working active knowledge of the Ecclesiastical Latin (i.e., to put English into Latin), in addition to the primarily-passive reading skills that are the focus of the undergraduate curriculum.

Unit Code: AL9301C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and recall the paradigms of ecclesiastical Latin;


recognise the grammatical function and (where appropriate) declension/conjugation of terms in the vocabulary in the unit, illustrating where relevant a knowledge of irregular, aberrant and multivalent terms;


Parse ecclesiastical Latin into English equivalents/cognates


Translate the ecclesiastical Latin vocabulary lexically into contemporary English, and vice versa, in a manner that illustrates an awareness of relevant issues of idiom, register and the biblical/sacral/sacerdotal context involved in the translation of ecclesiastical Latin.


A traditional class consisting of lectures, seminars, translation exercises and drills. Option A: Learners will engage with weekly lecture input, lectures, seminars, translation exercises and drills to achieve the learning outcomes Option B: Learners will engage in intensive mode with lecture input, directed reading activities, translation exercises and drills to achieve the learning outcomes


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Translation exercises for homework x 10 weeks (2,000 words total)

0 20.0
Written Examination

One two-hour examination (2 hours) (2,000 words)

0 50.0
Written Examination

Two in-class examinations (1 hour each) (2,000 words total)

0 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-01-31 13:21:53 +1100