Bridge to Advanced Latin – Year-long Course – 2022/23


    “I began studying Latin to use it as a tool, but I quickly found more and more joy in just engaging with the language. When I read Latin, it’s like assembling the pieces of a puzzle– the language unfolds like a picture. Reading the Latin written by someone 2000 years ago not only allows me to see what they were thinking, but it also gives me a chance to reconstruct the images of how they viewed the events of their life.” ~Prof. Lauren


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    Ancient Roman buildings for Bridge To Advanced Latin course at Athena's Advanced Academy
    InstructorProf. Lauren Allen
    Content LevelsGrades 7-8 • Junior High
    Grades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Grades 11-12 • Upper High School
    Course Length32 Weeks - Year-long
    Live Webinars Held OnFridays, 11:00 - 11:50 AM Pacific - 8/19/22 - 5/20/23

    In this class, we will expand our knowledge of Latin grammar, talking about deponent verbs, the fourth and fifth declension, more participles and infinitives, and many more important syntactical features, such as relative clauses and the ablative absolute, that will allow us to transition from purely a grammar class to a survey class, where we are reading extensive bits of text from ancient authors.  Students will be reading longer passages from Cicero, Vergil, Ovid, Caesar, Catullus, and more.

    By studying vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, students will not only gain an appreciation for Latin, but will also learn more about English, other Romance languages, and language in general.

    Note to parents: 

    • The minimum enrollment for this class is four students. As this is a continuing class, if it does not meet minimum enrollment, the instructor will contact all enrolled families to discuss options for continuing study.
    • If your student is not a continuing student, please contact the instructor to discuss proper placement.
    • In this class, we will be reading Latin that was written by Roman writers. Although detail is not included, some of the readings may contain mature content or themes, which may include violence (including rape), death, references to sex, and ample amount of misogyny. While these themes may be present, as they are in many world mythologies (like Greek Mythology), fairy tales, and literature, they are not the primary focus of our class. The main focus of the class is Latin language acquisition.
    • This course is a continuation of Athena’s Intermediate Latin 1 course (Spring 2022).

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Read a text selection.
    • Complete practice materials from the textbook, workbook, and/or other provided supplements and turn them in for feedback.
    • Respond to a forum post or collaborate with other students via a classroom forum.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Practice vocabulary.
    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
    • Supplementary tutorial materials that can be turned in for feedback.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Latin webinars include teacher-led explanation of grammar concepts, a systematic approach to sentence analysis, practice, and some group work.
    • Active Participation via the microphone, chat, and whiteboard in online class discussions.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 6th-grade level or above.
    • Have the maturity level requisite to deal with readings that may contain mature content or themes. (See Note to Parents under the main description.)
    • If your student is not a continuing student, please contact the instructor to discuss proper placement.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Collaborate with other students in forums during the week about readings.
    • Collaborate with each other during webinars and/or study sessions.
    • Make mistakes and communicate when not understanding.
    • Be prepared for the webinar– including reading the text and completing the activities in the Required section.
    • Verbally participate in webinar discussions.
    • Ask questions when they don’t understand or are confused.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials: