Introduction to Latin 2 (LT2)
2 (yearlong course)
Introduction to Latin 1 (LT1)
Latin is the foundation for French, Spanish and Italian as well as the basis for much of the sophisticated vocabulary of modern English. This course continues to build upon the foundation of excellent Latin instruction with the Oxford Latin series laid in the first year where students learn Latin through key figures and the exciting events surrounding the era just before the birth of Christ with the reigns of Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar. The course will explore Latin roots in the English language, expanding a student's English vocabulary and word sense. Students will have weekly integration of Greek and Roman history, geography, art and mythology as well as creative projects relevant to the Roman world where students may explore a topic of his or her interest in more depth. The class features regular instructional videos where the teacher presents the grammatical concepts before the student begins the chapter, with thorough instruction on how much English is influenced grammatically by Roman grammar so students will then understand proper English grammar usage. This is a rigorous course.
This course can be applied towards .5 of high school credit.
After a few weeks of reviewing the material from Introduction to Latin 1, we will continue our reading and learning about the life of Quintus Horatius Flaccus in Introduction to Latin 2, As we read about Quintus’ adventures in Rome, we remember that he’s living at almost the same time as Jesus and the Apostles were living in the Roman Empire. When we think about the Book of Romans in the New Testament and the trials they were undergoing, we remember that we are studying the same city in which that book was taking place!
Now that students are growing in their knowledge of the Latin language, their translation skills will allow them to read famous Latin phrases. We will analyze and compare cultural practices and perspectives of the classical world through exposure to Latin classics. Of course, as Christians, we have a different understanding of this than the pagan Vergil who wrote it did, but love plays a very important part of the Christian life. Paul says that we can have the most prestigious gifts and talents but if we don’t have love, we gain nothing. One of my favorite Latin phrases we will learn is, Dominus illuminatio mea, et salus mea, quem timebo? It’s Psalm 27:1 if you want to look it up! We will have the opportunity to read excerpts from Arachne, Prometheus and The Iliad and The Odyssey.
Students will also have the opportunity to read Greek and Roman myths and learn about their heroes. One exciting project this year will give the students the chance to use their imagination to re-create one of the labors of Hercules. Of course we will continue learning new vocabulary, grammar, prepositional phrases, irregular verbs and more complex sentences. The highlight of our year will be to memorize the Apostles Creed in Latin!
I hope you will join me this year in Introduction to Latin 2 as we follow God’s hand through history.
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