FALL 2000


An overview of the basic forms of World languages and their relationships to modern tongues. Preliminary references to Latin/Greek root origin with specific concentration on the fundamentals of Spanish, French, and Italian. Prerequisite for all foreign language courses.



The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the basic forms of world languages, with an emphasis on the study of some of the Latin and Greek roots of English words. By the end of the course, you should be able to identify major Latin and Greek roots of English words, recognize common suffixes and prefixes, and analyze unfamiliar words by distinguishing their component parts.



Three basic tools will be used to assess student performance: exams, in-class participation, and workbook exercises.

Exercises (from the textbook as well as from the workbook) are vital both for individual practice of the vocabulary and skills covered in the course and for measurement of each individualís progress. I will specify which exercises are for practice and which ones should be handed in for credit (25%).

Both the mid-term and the final exam will measure studentsí overall achievement in the course. The mid-term covers the first half of the course (Latin elements). The final exam is cumulative, although it will focus especially on the second half of the course (Greek elements). Each exam is worth 25% of the studentís final semester grade (50% total).

In-class participation is particularly important in this course. Class participation includes discussion, group work, and special in-class assignments (25%).


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Venus de Milo
Parian marble, h 2.02 m (6 1/2 ft)
Found at Milo
130-120 BC
Musee du Louvre, Paris

Scan by Mark Harden