Term: Yearlong 2017–18, September 5–May 18
Instructor: Gaylan DuBose
Grade Level: Grades 10–12; Adult
Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. (ET), 60–75 min.
This course is limited to four students, facilitating a highly personalized environment and allowing students to work closely with the course instructor. This setting allows students to become apprentices to their teacher, who is a master of his craft.
Students in Latin 4 spend most of their time reading and translating original Latin works that span the centuries, from Cicero’s Art of Friend- ship to Latin ecclesiastical writers (such as Augustine) to historians (such as Bede) to monarchs (such as Queen Elizabeth) to scientists (such as Isaac Newton). Students are guided through the study and translation of each text using Latin Alive! Reader, an annotated reader that will note unusual grammatical constructions, provide commentary on the gram- mar and content of each reading, and list questions for the discussion of each reading. Students expand their Latin vocabulary even more and gain increasing facility in the reading of original Latin and find the delight of reading profound authors in their own tongue. In the spring, students will have the opportunity to take the National Latin Exam 4, with which Mr. DuBose’s students have earned awards in the past.
Prerequisites: This course is designed for students who have successfully completed our Latin 3 course, the Latin Alive! Book 3 text, an or equivalent course of study.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in foreign language.
Latin Alive! Reader: Latin Literature from Cicero to Newton
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
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
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