High School Latin I - Immersive
This is a general introduction to Latin for beginners of high school age. Class will be conducted primarily in Latin – but don’t be afraid! – Mr. Kopf is a remarkable educator using a well-designed and effective text.
Following the grammar curriculum of the well-established Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata series by Hans Ørberg, students learn grammar and vocabulary intuitively through extended contextual reading. Students encounter Latin as a natural language and develop basic skills in reading, writing, comprehending and speaking Latin. Although students will be immersed in Latin most of the time, short sections and materials which discuss grammar and specific linguistic phenomena in English will supplement the course.
The course will include an array of activities which may involve work in pairs or groups, grammar drills, online tools (such as Quizizz), and a variety of creative assignments.
Homework will mostly consist of exercises from the textbook to practice morphology. However, composition assignments will be included in later phases of the course, as well as worksheets on English grammar and Latin language YouTube videos. The expected out-of-class workload is approximately two hours per week.
The course will cover the complete Lingua Latina text (35 Chapters) and all the fundamentals of Latin grammar over two years. Upon completion of the 2-year program students will be prepared to enter CLRC’s Latin 4 – a first year reading class
Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.
Class Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM Pacific
Fall '21 - Spring '22 Registration is Open!
Michael Kopf, M.A.
Michael Kopf received his MA in Ancient Philology in 2015 from the Polis Institute in Jerusalem after completing undergraduate studies in Classics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and at the University of Vienna. He has working knowledge of 9 languages, and has been teaching Classical Greek and Latin for the last 5 years. He has taught classical languages to middle- and high-school students and graduate students, both through immersion and in more conventional settings, in Rome, Vienna and Jerusalem, and has also taught teacher training courses in Rome and Jerusalem.
He enjoys rediscovering the ancient world and its reception, especially the history of classical education, grammar and linguistics. He recently settled in rural Austria with his wife and is eager to continue sharing his enthusiasm for antiquity and language learning through online teaching. In this way, he hopes to contribute towards making classical studies more accessible.
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