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Students begin their introduction to Latin by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course represents an ideal blend of language learning pedagogy and online learning. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations and interactive activities and practices, which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Latin-speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). (Grades 9-12)
A stable Internet connection is needed for this class since all work is done online. A minimum connection speed of 5Mbps is required. iPads are not compatible with this course.
From the Teacher
Did you ever think about the fact that when God created the world everyone spoke the same language? God wanted people to be able to communicate with each other. However, man sinned and suddenly the creation wasn’t as good. Now people spoke different languages and communication became a challenge. Scholars can’t explain why (but we know from Genesis 11:1-9 why!) We now know that all of the languages in the world can be reduced to 5 roots and one of those 5 is Latin! As we step into this wonderful adventure of learning a new language, may we always remember to thank God for His creation and wisdom.
This year in High School Latin 1, we will not only learn a myriad of vocabulary words, Latin grammar patterns of nouns, verbs, adjectives and pronouns, but also have the amazing opportunity to analyze and compare classical cultural and historical perspectives by reading works on the Gallic Wars, Punic Wars and the Roman Empire. One exciting project students will get involved in is comparing their “domus” to an ancient Roman “domus”! And if you don’t know what that is, it’s the Latin word for house.
I hope you will join me this year in High School Latin 1 as we follow God’s hand through history.