Introduction to Latin – Year-long Course – 2022/23

    $739.70

    “We have really enjoyed having Prof. Lauren as a teacher for our daughters. She brings enthusiasm and energy to the subject.  We also like her logical, straightforward approach.”
    ~Parent, Lisa K.

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    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 OnMondays, 10:00 - 10:50 AM Pacific - 8/15/22 - 5/20/23

    Latin is everywhere! Perhaps you’ve used the phrases ‘per se,’ ‘per diem,’ ‘per capita?’ Or maybe even some phrases without ‘per?’ For instance: ‘et cetera,’ ‘memo,’ ‘versus,’ ‘via,’ ‘ergo,’ or ‘de facto?’

    Before learning Latin, you may just be concerned about using them properly. After learning some Latin, you’ll be gratified to recognize that per still takes the accusative and de takes the ablative.

    Maybe you’ve read some Shakespeare and heard “Et tu, Brute?” Is it Et tu, Brute or “Ey” tu, Brute? Was Julius Caesar French or Roman? Or have you ever seen someone with a tattoo that says ‘Semper Fi?’ Before learning Latin, you will see a tattoo on a member of the American Marine Corp. After learning Latin, you’ll see a tattoo that you can get excited about because it contains a partitive genitive.

    In this class, students will begin to read, write, and pronounce Classical Latin. They will obtain understanding of inflection and basic verb tenses along with other foundational grammatical knowledge. 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.

    Note to parents: 

    • 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.
    • Informal student-led group study sessions will be planned throughout the semester for students to ask questions and practice their Latin skills.

    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. We also will play some Latin games to reinforce grammar, vocabulary, etc.
    • Active Participation via the microphone, chat, and whiteboard in online class discussions.

    What to expect during the course: 

    • Student-led group study sessions.

    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.)

    Students should be willing to:

    • 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: