Term: Yearlong 2020–21, September 8–May 28
Target Grade Levels: Grades 7–9; 10th–12th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 2x / week, 60–75 min.
Course Sections (choose one)
Section 1: M/W 9:30 am ET with Eddie Kotynski
Section 2: T/Th 9:30 am ET with Amanda Reeves
Section 3: M/W 2:00 pm ET with Eddie Kotynski
Section 4: T/Th 3:30 pm ET with Eddie Kotynski
New Placement Process: Click to Read
- if the student falls outside of the stated age/grade range for the class.
- if the student needs to demonstrate a certain level of skill and proficiency for the course.
- if the student has completed prerequisite requirements somewhere other than Scholé Academy (e.g., at home or with another school). In this case, our instructors will need to verify that the student has adequately fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.
- if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
Latin 1 provides students with a clear introduction to Latin grammar and reading that aims to delight them and cultivate in them the wonder of language. Students study noun declensions, verb conjugations, tenses, and other parts of speech such as adjectives, prepositions, and adverbs. They begin studying and translating adapted, original Latin paragraphs featuring the Roman historian Livy. Students also learn some of the history and culture of ancient Rome. Latin 1 teaches over 500 Latin vocabulary words and imparts an understanding of many English words derived from Latin.
The primary text the students use will be the award-winning text, Latin Alive! Book 1, the first of four books in the Latin Alive! series (For a closer look at the text used in this course, please follow this link and click “Look Inside”: Latin Alive! Book 1).
- This course requires Version 3.0 of the text.
- Instructors use a Classical pronunciation, but students with an Ecclesiastical pronunciation are welcome.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
This course is designed as an introductory Latin course; no prior Latin instruction is required. However, the course is also recommended for students who have completed some introductory Latin or studied Latin roots and are ready to embark on a formal study of the language. Students should be able to study independently and be ready to memorize grammar and vocabulary (around 20 words per week) besides completing homework assignments.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in foreign language.
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
- Latin Alive! Book 1(Student Edition)**,***
- A notebook for taking notes
- Physical flashcards are optional, but may be helpful.
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
**Version 3.0 is required for this course. Older versions of the student edition are not compatible with the course.
***The instructors will be adapting and augmenting the curriculum as they see best for the learning objectives of the course. Some vocabulary has been modified and the textbook readings adapted. Students should know that we will not be completing every exercise and reading available in the book in class. Additional materials provided by the instructors may include worksheets, games, and spoken Latin activities. As such, students should be prepared to regularly print PDF files supplied by their teacher well in advance of the class in which they will be used.
Edward Kotynski, Chair of Latin Department, grew up as a missionary kid in Indonesia, where his parents were Bible translators. He attributes his love of languages partly to his parents’ work and his childhood experience. He received his BA in ancient languages from Wheaton College in Illinois in 2004, and his MA in classical languages from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee in 2007. Mr. Kotynski has been teaching Latin and Greek for the last fourteen years, mostly at classical Christian schools. He loves sharing his passion for the ancient languages with his students, weaving in historical context and modern connections. He has edited two volumes of Latin Alive! for Classical Academic Press and has also been working on their Greek for Children series with Erin Valdez. He is very excited to be joining Scholé Academy this year. Besides Latin and Greek, Mr. Kotynski enjoys playing soccer, unicycling, and playing board games. He lives with his wife, five children, and two cats, enjoying the craziness of life together. email@example.com
Amanda Reeves has a BA in Greek and Latin from Stanford University, where she received recognition in her department for both her enthusiasm for the classical world as well as her excellence in scholarship. After finishing her degree, she spent a year living abroad in Rome, Italy, designing and facilitating short-term study-abroad programs for students studying Latin through the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study. Currently, Amanda is back in Italy serving at Rome Baptist Church as a ministry intern. She enjoys keeping her interest in the ancient world current by working with elementary, middle, and high school Latin students. Having learned Latin online herself, Amanda is passionate about distance learning and enjoys integrating traditional grammar and translation methods with spoken Latin to produce the best educational experience for her students. She has taught and tutored Latin online for the last seven years and particularly enjoys seeing how each unique student’s personality shapes the learning environment. When she is not exploring the many corners of Rome, she spends her time waxing poetic about the Parthenon Marbles and Stanford football, always with a strong cup of coffee in hand. firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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