Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: Grades 8–10; 11th–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. ET with Mr. Kotynski
Section 2: M/W 11:00 a.m. ET with Mr. Kotynski
Section 3: M/W 12:30 p.m. ET with Ms. Reeves
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- students who are new to Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the previous course level at Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the designated prerequisites
- students who need to demonstrate skills and proficiency necessary for course success
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
Students in Latin 2 continue their study of Latin grammar and reading, building on the foundation laid in Latin 1. In this course, students will complete Latin Alive! Book 2, studying at a deliberate pace that aims at mastery and delight. Students continue to translate the writings of original Latin authors from the Roman Empire period and learn some of the history and culture of ancient Rome. Students build on their previous Latin vocabulary and are introduced to hundreds of new Latin words and many English derivatives.
Note: Classical pronunciation is used in this class
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
- This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Scholé Academy’s Latin 1 course, the Latin Alive! Book 1 text, or an equivalent course of study.
- For students interested in transitioning from Henle Latin to Latin Alive!, we generally recommend that students who have completed Henle Year 1 begin with Latin 2, as long as they feel confident with first and second declensions and first and second conjugations. Latin 2 will start with a brief review of Latin Alive! Book 1. Before making a decision, we encourage you to review the samples we have online for Books 1 and 2, which include the full table of contents.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in foreign language
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
“I was struggling to keep up with learning Latin at the rate that my oldest son was learning. Having a knowledgeable instructor is fabulous.” —Rebecca Lavy, Scholé Academy Parent
- Latin Alive! Book 2
- Notebook for notes and translation.
- Physical flashcards are optional, but helpful.
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
Edward Kotynski, Chair of Latin Department, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Reeves has a BA in Greek and Latin from Stanford University, where she received recognition in her department for both her enthusiasm for the classical world as well as her excellence in scholarship. After finishing her degree, she spent a year living abroad in Rome, Italy, designing and facilitating short-term study-abroad programs for students studying Latin through the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study. Currently, Amanda is back in Italy serving at Rome Baptist Church as a ministry intern. She enjoys keeping her interest in the ancient world current by working with elementary, middle, and high school Latin students. Having learned Latin online herself, Amanda is passionate about distance learning and enjoys integrating traditional grammar and translation methods with spoken Latin to produce the best educational experience for her students. She has taught and tutored Latin online for the last seven years and particularly enjoys seeing how each unique student’s personality shapes the learning environment. When she is not exploring the many corners of Rome, she spends her time waxing poetic about the Parthenon Marbles and Stanford football, always with a strong cup of coffee in hand. email@example.com
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend 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 a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps 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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