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Level 8

Proficiency Descriptor

By the end of level 8, students can communicate their understanding, orally and in writing, of adapted/authentic Latin prose and verse, with support. They can use their linguistic, cultural, and literary knowledge to show a discriminating understanding within and across texts. They can apply their knowledge of wider socio-cultural contexts to demonstrate a critical appreciation of the meanings in literary texts. Students are critical thinkers and independent users of effective language learning strategies.


By the end of level 8, in selected linguistic and socio-cultural contexts, students can:

  • access and communicate the meaning of adapted/authentic texts in Latin prose and verse, with support;
  • analyse and interpret information and ideas from a range of Latin texts;
  • evaluate the effects of language features on meaning within and across texts;
  • present information and ideas from Roman literature and justify critical interpretation using oral, written, or visual texts;
  • justify their personal response to the ways in which literary texts reflect Roman ideas, attitudes, and values.
Language Knowledge Cultural Knowledge

By the end of level 8, students can:

  • use linguistic reference materials such as vocabulary lists, dictionaries or grammar texts to refine their interpretation of texts;
  • recognise a range of patterns of word order and sentence structure in authentic Latin texts;
  • understand and interpret Latin prose and verse in adapted/authentic Latin texts;
  • understand and analyse the use and purposes of literary devices/features in Latin text.

By the end of level 8, students can:

  • analyse and interpret the ways in which Roman civilisation in different ways and for different purposes;
  • analyse and interpret texts for their cultural as well as linguistic meanings;
  • examine how cultural meaning is expressed through specific features of authentic Latin literature;
  • develop and share personal perspectives based on their knowledge of Roman civilisation.

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