This 8-week course is an accelerated version of the semester-long Introductory Latin 1 course. We will meet two times per week for 50-minute webinars. There will also be an optional informal group study session where students can ask questions and work together to practice their Latin. As an accelerated course, students should expect that they will need to spend more time than they would during a semester studying in order to be prepared and keep up with the course. My recommendation is that students spend approximately 40-60 minutes/day outside of the course for the duration of the 8 weeks. Students who complete this course will be prepared to take the Introductory Latin 2 course in the fall.
In this 8-week course, students will begin to read, write, and pronounce Classical Latin. They will obtain an understanding of inflection, knowledge and facility with nouns and adjectives of the first and second declension as well as present system verbs in the active and passive voices. 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. Students will also begin to read sentences in original Latin.
Notes to parents:
- Informal student-led group study sessions will be planned throughout our 8 weeks for students to ask questions and practice their Latin skills.
- In this course, 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.
- “Prof.” Lauren Allen
- “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