The Malta Classics Association, in collaboration with the University of Malta DegreePlus Program, has been organising various courses during the University’s academic year open to both University of Malta students and the general public. These short courses of eight two-hour long sessions are meant to serve as an introduction to the subjects and certificates of participation are awarded to all students subject to their continued regular attendance.

The below is a list of the courses that have been successfully organised in the past and have continued to be consistently offered through this collaboration.

Introduction to Latin

This course introduces students to the basics of Latin grammar and syntax through a variety of exercises that include translation from English to Latin, and from Latin to English. The texts involved are also especially chosen to help introduce students to basic elements of early Roman history and culture. A conscious effort is made to highlight etymological connections between Classical Latin words and modern English words.

The course is especially useful to students reading law, history, archaeology and theology, and for those who would like to have a taster of the language and its study before committing to lengthier Latin courses. The course is also of particular interest to those interested in linguistics or language in general. The general public is encouraged to attend the course.

No prior knowledge of the language is required. Optional homework and in-class tests may be set by the lecturer but performance in either of this will have no bearing on certification.

The summer Latin for Beginners Course has generally been organised on Wednesdays between noon and 2pm on the University of Malta tal-Qroqq Campus, between October and December. For more information on this course, follow the MCA’s Facebook page, register as a member for regular updates, or email the MCA’s Executive Subcommittee at classicsmaltasoc.educ@gmail.com . Alternatively follow the announcements of the DegreePlus office at https://www.um.edu.mt/degplus .

Introduction to Classical Greek

This course aims to familiarise students with the basic elements of Greek grammar and syntax through discussions of short passages in Greek that deal with mythology and daily life in the Athenian city-state. Elements of grammar will be duly elicited and discussed in class and connections will be made between this classical language and students’ personal experience of its use in modern languages and modern life in general.

The course is of particular interest to students reading medicine, philosophy, theology or archaeology, and for those who would like to have a taster of the language and its study before committing to lengthier Classical Greek courses. The course is also of particular interest to those interested in linguistics or language in general. The general public is encouraged to attend the course.

No prior knowledge of the language is required. Optional homework and in-class tests may be set by the lecturer but performance in either of this will have no bearing on certification.

The summer Classical Greek for Beginners Course has generally been organised on Wednesdays between noon and 2pm on the University of Malta tal-Qroqq Campus, between February and April. For more information on this course, follow the MCA’s Facebook page, register as a member for regular updates, or email the MCA’s Executive Subcommittee at classicsmaltasoc.educ@gmail.com . Alternatively follow the announcements of the DegreePlus office at https://www.um.edu.mt/degplus .