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Latin was the universal language of western civilization for nearly two thousand years. Many of the greatest books of literature, history, science, philosophy, and theology were written in it; until less than a hundred years ago, educated people in every country knew Latin, and through it classical Greek and Roman culture, and this knowledge influenced everything they wrote. A student who learns to read Latin can engage directly with this immense part of our western heritage without relying solely on translations. Latin has supplied more than 60% of the vocabulary of modern English, so a student who learns Latin will be better equipped to read and write English. Studying any new language requires rigor and precision of thought, so a student who learns Latin will be better able to think carefully and logically; as Latin begins to regain its old standing in the schools, more studies show that learning Latin improves SAT and other achievement test scores. Finally, since such languages as Spanish, Italian, and French, are direct descendants of Latin, a student who learns Latin will have an excellent groundwork for studying those modern tongues.
The Latin I Tutorial covers most of basic grammar and syntax and includes readings in Latin, beginning with short passages about ancient history and mythology and progressing to short selections from many ancient authors, including the Vulgate (Latin Bible). The course will include cultural and historical study about the Roman and medieval world.
Latin I is best suited to students who are at least fourteen years old.
Go to Schola Bookstore to order texts (although most books are shipped within days, some may take several weeks. Books should be ordered as soon as possible after registration to avoid shipping delays)
(The workbook listed in the Bookstore page is not used in the tutorials and so is not necessary--I recommend it for parents who wish to give the student more exercises on material that is difficult. There is an answer key available which will enable the parent to check and even grade the student's work if a grade is necessary. There is a study guide that is even more valuable because of its very helpful grammatical explanations.)
Register for Latin I
This course covers the remainder of the grammar in Wheelock's Latin and include readings in classical and medieval Latin, including the Vulgate Bible.
Prerequite: Latin I or equivalent (recent completion of the material covered in chapters 1-25 of Wheelock's Latin).
Same as Latin I above.
This course is a reading course in original authors where the grammar study completed in Latin I and II bears fruit. The students will read selections from classical and medieval authors, including works of history, poetry, philosophy, and literature, and we will read extensively in the Vulgate. The course will include historical and cultural studies to provide greater context, benefit, and interest as we study these Latin works.
Prerequisite: Latin II or equivalent (recent completion of Wheelock's Latin or equivalent text covering all Latin grammar).
Go to Schola Bookstore to order texts (althought most books are shipped within days, some may take several weeks. Books should be ordered as soon as possible after registration to avoid shipping delays)
Register for Latin III
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