Lingua Latina 1 (Spoken Latin)
Term: Yearlong 2021–22, September 7–May 27
Target Grade Levels: Grades 7–9; 10th–12th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 2x / week, 60–75 min.
Section 1: T/Th 12:30 p.m. ET with Reagan Israel
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.
Lingua Latina 1 offers an immersive experience in the Latin language, with classes conducted almost entirely in Latin. Students will consolidate the fundamentals of Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, and study elements of the culture of the ancient Roman world, through full Latin immersion and by following the story of a fictional Roman famiia in the 2nd century A.D. Our textbook is carefully constructed in imitation of key classical authors including Cicero, Seneca, Ovid, and Vergil, incorporating their most frequent vocabulary and syntax.
The class meetings will employ a variety of pedagogical techniques commonly used in modern language classes, including listening, reading aloud, oral and written questions and answers, illustrating, TPR (Total Physical Response), and even reenacting dialogue and summarizing scenes from the text – all in Latin.
By the end of the year, students will be able to approach low-intermediate Latin passages and read fluently, without parsing and without a dictionary. They will have practiced all 4 verb conjugations, the active and passive, voices, and all noun declensions. They will be familiar with a variety of adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, and participles, as well as an increasing number of case functions. After completing Spoken Latin 1, students may continue to Spoken Latin 2 or return to a high school Latin grammar-translation course sequence, depending on their goals.
Please see the course syllabus for further specific information.
Grades 7–9; 10th–12th graders welcome. This course is designed for students who have studied the basics of Latin grammar and wish to build reading, listening, and speaking fluency in Latin. The course is aimed at Latin Alive! I graduates of mid-high ability and Latin Alive! II graduates of low-mid ability. Additionally, able and motivated graduates of the Latin for Children series are invited to attend, upon successful completion of a placement evaluation. All students who have not completed a Latin course at Scholé Academy will be required to complete a placement assessment administered by the instructor prior to the finalization of the student’s enrollment. Depending on the outcome of the placement evaluation, the instructor will either approve the student’s enrollment in the course, make recommendations for further preparation and later reevaluation, or recommend enrollment in a different course more suitable for the student’s level.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in a foreign language.
“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 Video
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 Fall 2020, by which point students are able to read, frame, and answer questions in Latin with ease.
For each skill instructors have determined whether it is a prerequisite skill or a skill to be developed throughout the course. For lower school, instructors indicate where parent support is expected.
- With Parent Support: Skills that most lower school students will need help with.
- Developing: Skills that the instructor will help develop and emphasize throughout the year.
- Mastered: Prerequisite skills that the instructor is expecting students to possess.
- Be able to respectfully and wisely engage with other students and the instructor on Schoology discussion boards.
- Be able to manage Schoology assignments and submissions (view assignments, check for teacher messages, submit homework as pdf file, submit revisions if necessary, set Schoology notifications for the class, view class notifications when posted, etc.).
- Be able to set notifications settings to alert the student of class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
- Be able to review notifications ongoing throughout the year; notifications which include: class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
- Be able to respectfully, wisely and formally engage with instructor through private Schoology messaging.
- Be responsible for reviewing teacher feedback, suggestions and comments about student work and employing that feedback as necessary.
- Be able to build and use alphanumeric outlines as part of the writing process.
- Be able to hand-write answers in complete sentences.
- Be able to write sentences with basic sentence syntax (i.e. capitalization of first word in a sentence, punctuation at the end of each sentence, space between sentences, capitalization of proper nouns, each sentence having a subject and predicate, etc.).
- Be able to spell at grade level and employ course vocabulary cumulatively throughout the course.
- Be able to employ the feedback of the instructor into future edits and submissions of the assignment.
- Be able to read material independently and identify questions which require clarification or further explanation from the instructor.
- Be able to mark, underline or highlight important words, definitions or concepts within a text being read both while reading independently and reading corporately as a class.
- Be able to read material independently and identify the information which might be relevant to course discussions and objectives (even if the student doesn’t fully understand all of what’s being read).
- Be able to type short answers in complete sentences.
- Follow class discussions and seminar conversations to record notes without the instructor identifying specifics.
- Be prepared to generate thoughtful questions to enhance the class discussion, to identify areas needing clarification, and to make valuable connections with other course content.
- Be prepared to volunteer thoughtful comments, answers and ideas in a group setting, during class.
- Follow along with instructor-led note-taking and record notes during class.
- Follow along with instructor-led workbook completion and record answers during class.
- Be prepared to thoughtfully answer questions when called on in a group setting, during class.
- Understand the difference between assignments given by an instructor and the necessary and independently initiated need for private study of material.
- Be able to schedule time outside of class to complete independent review of materials.
- Be able to determine the best places and ways to study at home (i.e. quiet, undistracted, utilizing various methods of review (auditory, written, visual, practice tests, flashcards, etc.).
- Be responsible to study at home for quizzes, tests and other assessments.
- Be able to schedule and manage multiple projects from multiple instructors and courses.
- Lingua Latina: Pars I: Familia Romana by Hans H. Ørberg
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Reagan Israel has a BS in psychology and is currently in graduate school, studying ancient Greek and Hebrew in Jerusalem. A Texas native, Ms. Israel taught Latin and ancient humanities at a classical school in Houston for 4 years. During her time there, she was introduced to “active Latin” pedagogy through a series of workshops and began to apply these methods in her classroom. In a past life, Ms. Israel was a professional ballet dancer and for 7 years has stayed connected to the art through teaching and choreographing. In both the studio and the academic classroom, she enjoys working with middle schoolers and being a part of their lives as they grow from childhood into adolescence. Ms. Israel is married to a musician and mobile app designer; they currently make their home in Jerusalem, where they enjoy reading widely, drinking Turkish coffee, and fumbling through Hebrew conversations. 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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