Latin I (Offered in 2017-18)

Ian Drummond

Ian Drummond

  • begins the basic two-year sequence of studying basic Latin, though students may jump in who have completed at least a year of Latin elsewhere
  • uses the text Lingua Latina, a text written entirely in Latin
  • students complete the National Latin Exam in March
  • incorporation of history and culture into the class (in Latin)

Students who take Latin at New Hope encounter the ancient world, a world which gave us law, poetry, and science. For all it’s shortcomings, ancient Rome helps students appreciate both advantages and failings of their own culture and provides a foil for their own ethical reflection. Students will do this by reading, writing, listening, and speaking Latin. The Romans’ language will thus become a meaningful vehicle of communication, not kept at arm’s length by only translating. Using this approach, the “reasons” for studying Latin come as helpful byproducts -- an increased English vocabulary, a robust understanding of grammar, and a deeper understanding of the ancient world that so broadly informs our own.

We will study Latin by using Latin. In other words, our class will look and feel a bit like a modern language class because we will not only read, but also speak in Latin. My hope is that this "direct" or "immersion" method of Latin instruction will produce great benefits from day one. We will learn and retain far more Latin in the course of one year than many students do in two or three.

Our textbook is designed to take full advantage of this approach, as there is not a single word of English in the entire book - it is all in Latin. Students will find that they learn and retain Latin much more effectively than with a traditional grammar-translation methodology.

Texts

Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata: Pars Prima: Familia Romana
Exercitia Latina
College Companion
Usborne Internet Linked Romans