Lingua Latina 1 (Spoken Latin)
Term: Yearlong 2021–21, September 8–May 21
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: T/Th 12:30 p.m. ET with Maria Overy
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.
The Latin Department is excited to announce that it will again be offering a Latin immersion course for the 2020–21 academic year. This course is designed for students who wish to spend a year building their fluency in Latin before progressing on to the next level of the Latin Alive! series.
The course will follow Hans Orberg’s Familia Romana textbook, and classes will be conducted entirely in Latin. The direct or natural method works primarily through reading aloud, dialogue, and oral composition, followed by grammatical explanation. Students will enter into the story of the text, learning grammar, vocabulary, and syntax orally and aurally in a narrative context.
Please see the course syllabus for further specific information.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
The course is especially aimed at Latin Alive! 1 graduates of mid-high ability, and Latin Alive! 2 graduates of low-mid ability. Additionally, very able graduates of the Latin for Children series are also invited to attend, upon successful completion of a placement assessment. Depending on whether there is interest from advanced students, a second track may be offered. If you do not fit any of the above categories but would nevertheless be interested in taking this course, please email Miss Maria Overy at email@example.com to discuss further.
Syllabus: Click here to view the course syllabus.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in foreign language.
Preview Session: A preview session will be held later this year for those interested in enrolling. If you are interested in attending, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have queries that are not answered on the course page or in the syllabus, please do not hesitate to be in touch.
“Lingua Latina I has been an excellent class for my daughter to verbalize the skills she had previously learned in the Latin Alive! courses while continuing to learn new vocabulary and grammar skills.The restful class environment encourages the students’ participation.” –parent
“Taking the course Lingua Latina has been a fun and easy way to learn how to speak Latin more fluently and confidently using the immersive method. I have really enjoyed studying Latin with Lingua Latina!” – student
Class Demo: See an example of how a grammatical topic (Indirect Statement) is introduced for the first time. This video was filmed at the end of the first semester, by which point students are able to read, frame, and answer questions in Latin with ease.
- Lingua Latina: Pars I: Familia Romana by Hans H. Ørberg
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Maria Overy completed a BA in classics at King’s College London and a postgraduate diploma in theology at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. She first learned to speak Latin when she attended a summer school at the Accademia Vivarium Novum, a college of the humanities where Latin is the only spoken language. She is currently completing an MA in Greek & Biblical Hebrew at the Polis Institute, Jerusalem, a specialist institution for the study of ancient languages in an immersive setting. This is her third year teaching Latin for Scholé Academy.
As an adolescent she developed a desire to educate herself in philosophy, literature, and the classical languages, and sought a classical education, despite the lack of providers in the UK. While studying with the Temenos Academy, a London-based educational charity, she came to know and love the principle of learning “from not merely about” the writers of the ‘great tradition’. In addition to studying and teaching classical languages, she plays various genres of violin, and loves to sing jazz. Ms. Overy is very excited to share her love for Latin, the key to our Western literary and philosophical heritage, under the auspices of an institution that aspires to the highest standards in humanistic 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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