Latin 1 (Section 1)
with Gaylan DuBose
Term: Yearlong 2017–18, September 5–May 18
Instructor: Gaylan DuBose
Grade Level: Grades 7–12
Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. (ET), 60–75 min.
Please note that we have added a second section of this course to accommodate more students while maintaining a small class size. While the sections meet separately, the course content is the same in both classes.
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Latin 1 provides students a clear introduction to Latin grammar and reading that aims to delight them and cultivate in them the wonder of language. Students study the 5 noun declensions and 4 verb conjugations; the present, imperfect, and future tenses; and other parts of speech (adjectives, prepositions, and adverbs). They begin studying and translating adapted, original Latin paragraphs featuring the Roman historian Livy. Students also learn some of the history and culture of ancient Rome. Latin 1 teaches over 300 Latin vocabulary words and imparts an understanding of many English words derived from Latin. Students use the award-winning Latin Alive! Book 1 text, the first of 4 books in the Latin Alive! series. In the spring, students have the opportunity to take the National Latin Exam 1, with which our Latin students have had much success in the past.
For a closer look at the text used in this course, please follow this link and click “Look Inside”: Latin Alive! Book 1. Please note that this course requires Version 3.0 of the text.
Prerequisites: This course is designed as an introductory Latin course; no prior Latin instruction is required. However, the course is also recommended for students who have completed some introductory Latin or studied Latin roots and are ready to embark on a formal study of the language.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in foreign language.
Latin Alive! Book 1 (Version 3.0 is required**)
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
**Version 3.0 is required for this course, and older versions of the student edition are not compatible with the course. If you already purchased the previous edition of the text for use in this online course, please contact us at your earliest convenience so that we can coordinate an exchange and ensure that your student has the proper version before the start of the course.
HeadventureLand.com is our premier classical education practice site. As students are learning Latin, logic, and other classical subjects, they often don’t get enough opportunities outside the classroom to put their skills to use. With a creative, engaging environment such as Headventure Land, we believe that students will enjoy practicing and strengthening their skills without the need for prompting. HeadventureLand.com has a free Lite Zone corresponding to Latin Alive! Book 1.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with processor with a speed of 1 Ghz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do NOT recommending 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 an download/upload speed of 5/1Mbps 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.
Gaylan DuBose graduated with high honors from the University of North Texas in 1964. His major was English and his minors were Latin and history. He received a master of arts in classics from the University of Minnesota, to which he had received a fellowship in 1970. He retired from teaching in May 2010 after forty-seven years in the classroom. During his career, he was chosen as teacher of the year twice at Travis High School and once at Westwood High School. Since retiring he has continued to tutor individual students in Latin and Greek and works also with elementary school students, tutoring them in reading and mathematics. Gaylan has taught upper-school Latin online at Scholé Academy since its founding in 2014. He is also the choir director, organist, and minister of music at St. Augustine Orthodox Church in Pflugerville, Texas. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his two wonderful dogs, Tacita and Chico.
“Mr. DuBose is an outstanding and caring teacher. We have been so blessed by his faithful teaching.” —Scholé Academy Parent
Here is Madison, one Mr. DuBose’s online students, talking about the value of Latin and her love of Mr. DuBose’s class.
from Classical Academic Press
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