Term: Yearlong 2020–21, September 8–May 28
Target Grade Levels: Grades 8–10; 11th–12th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 2x / week, 60–75 min.
Course Sections (choose one)
Section 1: T/Th 9:30 a.m. ET with Danae Esdall
Section 2: M/W 11:00 a.m. ET with Eddie Kotynski
Section 3: T/Th 2:00 p.m. ET with Eddie Kotynski
Section 4: T/Th 3:30 p.m. ET with Danae Esdall
Ongoing Enrollment and Placement
- 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.
Students in Latin 2 continue their study of Latin grammar and reading, building on the foundation laid in Latin 1. In this course, students will complete Latin Alive! Book 2, studying at a deliberate pace that aims at mastery and delight. Students continue to translate adaptations of the writings of original Latin authors from the period of the Roman Empire and learn some of the history and culture of ancient Rome. Latin 2 teaches over 500 Latin vocabulary words and imparts an understanding of many English words derived from Latin.
The primary text students will use is the award-winning Latin Alive! Book 2, the second 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 2.)
- This course requires Version 1.2 of the text.
- The teacher uses Classical pronunciation in class, but students with an Ecclesiastical pronunciation are welcome.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
- This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Scholé Academy’s Latin 1 course, the Latin Alive! Book 1 text, or an equivalent course of study. Parents should understand that the instructors have adapted the text to the needs of the class, but will essentially cover the same material in the same order as the textbook introduces it. Students should be able to study independently and be ready to memorize grammar and vocabulary (around 20 words per week) besides completing homework assignments.
- For students interested in transitioning from other Latin programs should feel confident with the first, second, and third declensions, and all the tenses of the four conjugations in the active voice (present, imperfect, future, perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect). Latin 2 will start with a five chapter review of Latin Alive! Book 1. Before making a decision, we encourage you to review the samples we have online for Books 1 and 2, which include the full table of contents (see also the Course Materials tab above).
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in foreign language
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
“I was struggling to keep up with learning Latin at the rate that my oldest son was learning. Having a knowledgeable instructor is fabulous.” —Rebecca Lavy, Scholé Academy Parent
- Latin Alive! Book 2**
- Notebook for notes and translation.
- Physical flashcards are optional, but helpful.
Transition Materials for New Students:
- Returning students have been introduced to a slightly modified vocabulary from that in Latin Alive! Book 1, which may be found here.
- Students who are changing curricula are encouraged to learn any vocabulary from the list they are currently unfamiliar with.
- Students who have taken Latin Alive! Book 1 in another school or at home would also benefit from familiarizing themselves with the vocabulary on the List.
- Provided here is a document of all the grammatical concepts students learned in Latin 1.
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of 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 instructor 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Danae McGregor Edsall holds a BA in classical liberal arts with an emphasis in literature and Latin from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. Danae’s own background in public, home, and private school traditions has provided her with a unique perspective on the intricacies of each system. She has taught in a variety of education models, including private, homeschool co-op, classical, and subject-specific tutoring. Her teaching experience spans nearly all levels of education from primary to secondary school. Danae finds her deepest joy in teaching the humanities, including English, composition, logic, literature, history, poetry, and Latin. Most recently, she taught Latin for 5 years and served one year as the foreign language department chair at a private school in northern Virginia, where she oversaw the administration of the Spanish, French, and Latin programs for the school. Danae believes that language plays a beautiful and powerful role in the pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful. Whether through reading well-known stories or writing a complex epigram, she is convinced that the study of language offers something for everyone to learn. In fact, it was the learning, studying and ultimately, teaching of Latin that solidified Danae’s desire to educate: docendo, discitur (by teaching, one learns).
Danae currently lives in the mountains of Blacksburg, Virginia, where she enjoys an active and often adventurous lifestyle. She spends much of her time weight training at a local gym, biking around the New River Valley on both road and trail, hiking on the weekend with friends, cooking and baking, reading yet another book, or traveling to see family. Danae is thankful for the Lord’s providence in her life to infuse her multifaceted background with greater purpose than she can see, and she is excited to partner with her brothers and sisters in growing Christ’s kingdom through education. email@example.com
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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