Swansea University ‘Latin in the Park’ to Raise Funds for School Literacy Project

RIAH thin image bar Students from the Department of History and Classics,Swansea University are going to be teaching ‘Latin in the park’ every Saturday afternoon in June and July to raise funds for the Department’s ‘Literacy through Latin’ project, an enterprise that teaches Latin to local primary school children.

People living in the Swansea area will have the chance to learn Latin in Singleton Park and courses are on offer for absolute beginners and also those who have studied Latin in the past.

Beginners classes will take place from 2.00 pm -3.00 pm, advanced classes from 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm, and participants will also have chance to participate in a weekly workshop on a topic connected with Roman antiquity. On the final Saturday, there will be a Roman BBQ and cooking demonstration for participants and their family.

Latin in the Parks

Course Director, Dr Evelien Bracke said: “The Latin language lies at the basis of most Western European languages, and a grasp of Latin makes it easier to learn languages such as French, Spanish, and Italian. English too has a lot in common with Latin, with over 60% of English words derived from Latin.

“Latin was the language of ancient Rome, the common language of Europe ever since, and has in fact shaped much of European history up to the present day. Knowing Latin unlocks access to a wide variety of beautiful and timeless texts and stories; it is a skill which provides pleasure and understanding for a lifetime.”

The fee for these courses is either £3 per class (so you can turn up on the day), or you can pay in advance (£22 for 9 classes). Under-18s are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

All the money received will be used to help fund the department’s Literacy through Latin project, through which we teach Latin to local primary school children.

For further information, you can email the project coordinator, Dr Evelien Bracke (Swansea University) at e.bracke@swansea.ac.uk or go to http://www.southwestwalesclassicalassociation.co.uk/learning-latin-and-greek.php.