Term: Yearlong 2018-19, September 4–May 24
Target Grade Levels: Grades 7–9; 10th–12th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 2x / week, 60–75 min.
Course Sections (Choose One)
Section 1: T/Th 9:30 a.m. EST with Mr. Kotynski
Section 2: W/F 9:30 a.m. EST with Mr. Kotynski
T/Th 3:30 p.m. EST with Mr. Kotynski (FULL)
Section 4: W/F 2:00 p.m. EST with Ms. Overy
Latin 1 provides students with a clear introduction to Latin grammar and reading that aims to delight them and cultivate in them the wonder of language. Students study noun declensions, verb conjugations, tenses, and other parts of speech such as 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 200 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 four books in the Latin Alive! series. 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: This course requires Version 3.0 of the text.
Placement: 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 (Student Edition)**
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
**Version 3.0 is required for this course. Older versions of the student edition are not compatible with the course.
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Edward Kotynski grew up as a missionary kid in Indonesia, where his parents were Bible translators. He attributes his love of languages partly to his parents’ work and his childhood experience. He received his BA in ancient languages from Wheaton College in Illinois in 2004, and his MA in classical languages from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee in 2007. Mr. Kotynski has been teaching Latin and Greek for the last fourteen years, mostly at classical Christian schools. He loves sharing his passion for the ancient languages with his students, weaving in historical context and modern connections. He has edited two volumes of Latin Alive! for Classical Academic Press and has also been working on their Greek for Children series with Erin Valdez. He is very excited to be joining Scholé Academy this year. Besides Latin and Greek, Mr. Kotynski enjoys playing soccer, unicycling, and playing board games. He lives with his wife, five children, and two cats, enjoying the craziness of life together.
Maria Overy completed a BA in Classics at King’s College London and a post-graduate diploma in Theology at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. She is an alumna of the Accademia Vivarium Novum in Rome, where her love of Latin was ignited, and has taught Latin for the Iris project and for the Oxford Latinitas Project, specializing in the sermo vivus (“living speech”) method of Hans Orberg’s Lingua Latina per se Illustrata course. As an adolescent she developed the desire to educate herself in Philosophy, Literature, and the Classical languages, to carve out for herself a Classical education, despite the lack of providers in the UK. She completed a diploma in Perennial Philosophy with the Temenos Academy, during which she came to know and love the principle of learning “from not merely about” the great writers of our tradition. Music is one of Ms. Overy’s dearest hobbies: she has worked in the music department of St. Paul’s Cathedral School, she plays folk and classical violin, and she sings and improvises jazz. Ms. Overy is very excited to share a love for Latin, the key to our literary and philosophical heritage, under the auspices of an institution that aspires to the highest standards in humanistic education.
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.
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