This course will deepen students’ understanding of the fundamentals of Latin grammar, syntax, and morphology. At all times, we will contextualize our study of the language in the history, literature, and culture of the ancient Roman people. Students will build upon their core Latin vocabulary and develop skills in translating Latin to the point that they will be able to read adapted passages of original Latin prose and poetry. This study will continue to build students’ knowledge base of English in terms of vocabulary, grammar, and overall comprehension—critical factors in success on standardized exams like the SSATs.
By the end of the course, students will be prepared to take the National Latin Exam at the Introductory and Beginning Level. While foreign language curricula vary widely, this course will also prepare students to take a level 2 Latin class at many of the most prestigious private schools in the world.
Taught by: Top 30 boarding school directors and Latin teacher of The Hill School Classics. He has written 3 Latin/Greek textbooks and is an editor of the National Classical Literature Database.
- Understand the development and history of the Latin language and how it has impacted the English language, especially in respect to etymology and word roots
- Accurate pronunciation of Latin
- Develop a core Latin vocabulary
- Appreciate the complexities of grammar and gain a more thorough understanding of how languages in general convey meaning
- Translate intermediate Latin sentences accurately and idiomatically, with an appreciation and understanding of Latin grammar, syntax & morphology
Texts: LATIN: A Course in the Language and Civilization of Ancient Rome, Volume I, ed.
Topics for this course include, but are not limited to: grammar, culture and vocabulary practices.
Two classes per week, 2 hours per class, 10 classes in total, 20 hours of classes
Students and their parents will receive brief feedback after each class regarding the student’s general participation in class. Students will also receive feedback on graded assignments via email.