Introduction to Latin

This course provides students with an introduction to Latin language. We will cover the pronunciation of Latin letters and introductory grammar, which will give students a quick start to reading short Latin texts.
Designed for

Students who are interested in taking Latin next semester

Level

Beginner

Class format

One-on-one and small group (Max. 7 students/class)

Class Introduction

This course is reading-focused, so students will learn to read and pronounce accurately but will not be engaging in spoken Latin conversations. Latin is an inflected language, meaning that the word endings change depending on how they are used in a sentence. Students will practice reading and comprehending short stories. Roman culture will be presented in the context of the short stories, and students may choose to read the optional English culture sections in the book to expand their understanding. Students should expect to spend time outside of class reviewing readings and memorizing new vocabulary and forms.

Outcome

After completing the course, students are expected to reach the following goals:

  • Read Latin with accurate pronunciation
  • Understand some Latin vocabulary and its similarities to English words
  • Learn the basic tables of noun endings (five declensions)
  • Learn, identify, and translate three tenses of verbs
  • Recognize word order patterns in the language
  • Apply the above knowledge to read and comprehend short stories
Course Content

Texts:

  • Latin for the New Millennium, Level 1, 2nd Edition
LessonTopics
1Ch. 1: parts of speech, word patterns, pronunciation, noun cases
2Ch. 1: nominative and accusative cases, 1st declension
3Ch. 2: verb forms, first and second conjugations
4Ch. 3:2nd declension, other cases
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Ch. 4: adjectives, prepositional phrases

Review Quiz

6Ch. 6: irregular verb sum and possum, infinitives
7Ch. 7: 3rd declension nouns, indirect statement
8Ch. 8: third and fourth conjugation, uses of ablative
9Ch. 11: imperfect tense
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Ch. 16: perfect tense

Final quiz

Feedback

Students and their parents will receive brief feedback after each class, via Teachworks, regarding the student’s general participation in class. Students will also receive feedback on graded assignments via email. At the end of the course, the student will receive a final report card, which thoroughly speaks to their overall participation in the course, including major assignments.

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