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Latin Courses

Why Study Latin

There are 3 reasons Latin has long been considered the one master subject before which all others must bow.

 

  • Latin teaches English better than English teaches English.  Studies have shown that education based on the study of the child’s own language is inferior to one based on Latin.

 

  • The mental discipline Latin instills in students makes it the ideal foreign language to study. The character of the Romans pervades the language they created. Latin is systematic, rigorous, analytic and is clearly superior to other languages in this regard. Like English, modern languages are “lax and individualistic,” reflecting the modern temper of those who speak them. Students simply will not get the same benefit out of studying them compared to studying Latin.

 

  • Latin is the mother tongue of Western civilization incorporating the best ideas of the ancient Greeks, and after the conversion of Rome, putting them into the service of Christian truth. With power and precision of classical Latin, Christianity transformed the tongue of conquest into the tongue of conversion, and Latin became the language of the Christian faith for over a thousand years.

 

The Latin Alive Latin programs at One Day Academy are designed to introduce your student to the rich heritage of the classical tradition as well as improving their study skills and their knowledge of ancient history and culture.  Additionally, students will gain the ability to read classical authors in the original language, and will have direct contact with the wisdom and thought of the classical and medieval authors.

Elementary Latin
Suggested Age

9-12

 

Prerequisite

No previous Latin required. Students should be able to read and write with ease, and basic grammar will be helpful.

 

Purpose/Process

Elementary Latin is a beginning Latin course for the mid-late elementary grade student. Students will learn beginning Latin concepts in a slow, careful manner designed to be manageable and interesting for the younger student. Most weeks will feature 10 new vocabulary words, one Latin saying of historical or cultural importance, and a new grammar form. The Latin grammar we will cover includes 1st and 2nd conjugation verbs in present, imperfect, and future tenses; 1st and 2nd declension nouns with some vocabulary from 3rd declension; and 1st/2nd declension adjectives. We will discuss English derivatives of our vocabulary words, will do some map work of the ancient Roman world, and will do weekly readings about the important figures of Roman history. Frequent review is built into the course, and review weeks will include games and competitions to help students master vocabulary, derivatives, grammar, sayings, geography, and history in an enjoyable way. Students will create their own notebook of Latin sayings and historical figures and events. This course is taught through a Christian perspective.

 

Curriculum/Materials

All materials are available from Memoria Press (www.memoriapress.com) as well as amazon and various homeschool suppliers.

Latin 1A and 1B
Suggested Age

11 or older

 

Prerequisite

ODA English 2 or equivalent

 

Process

Latin 1A covers the material in the first half of high school Latin 1, and Latin 1B is the second half. After taking Latin 1A and B, students may proceed directly to Latin 2.

 

Curriculum/Materials

Textbooks For Latin 1A and Latin1B

  • Latin Alive Text Book 1 by Karen Moore and Gaylan DuBose, Student Text

  • Latin Alive Text Book 1 (Teachers Text) optional but highly recommended for parents.

 

Workbooks Required:

Latin 1
Suggested Age

13-17

 

Prerequisites

ODA English 2 or equivalent

 

Process

Latin 1 is the equivalent of one year of High School Foreign Language credit. It is designed for the high school student with little or no background in the language. It includes a weekly study of Latin vocabulary and English derivatives. During the year, students will learn all 5 noun declensions and cases, all verb conjugations, irregular verbs, and various pronouns, adjectives and adverbs. Learning is reinforced through weekly readings and translations. The students also take a fascinating journey through Roman culture, myths, and history, all through a Christian perspective. Students will be reading weekly Latin texts about such historical figures as Aeneas, Cincinnatus, Hannibal, Cato, Cicero, Spartacus, Julius Caesar and Brutus.

 

Curriculum/Materials
Latin 2
Suggested Age

13-18

 

Prerequisite

Latin 1

 

Process

Latin 2 is a continuation of Latin 1 and is the equivalent of a second year of high school Foreign Language credit. It builds on the grammar and vocabulary mastered in the previous year. It includes a weekly study of Latin vocabulary and grammar. Each weekly chapter contains a Latin reading that takes the student through a fascinating journey of Roman culture, myths, and history all through a Christian perspective. Students will be reading weekly Latin texts from such historical writers as Shakespeare, Horace, Vergil, Ovid, Seneca, Tacitus, Pliny and St. Augustine. While learning the subtleties of grammar and etymology, students gain a deep understanding of English grammar and logical thinking. Latin is akin to verbal math and is an excellent preparation for those pursing future careers in law, medicine, science or any of the romance languages.

 

Curriculum/Materials
Latin 3
Suggested Age

14-17

 

Prerequisite

Latin 2

 

Process

Latin 3 is a continuation of Latin 2. It builds on the grammar and vocabulary mastered in the previous year. It includes a weekly study of Latin vocabulary and grammar. While learning the subtleties of grammar and etymology, students gain a deep understanding of English grammar and logical thinking. Latin is akin to verbal math and is an excellent preparation for those pursing future careers in law, medicine, science or any of the romance languages. Students will be taught how to construe weekly original Latin texts. Latin 3 takes the Latin student even deeper into the world of great leaders and thinkers such as Cicero, Vergil and St. Augustine. 

 

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