Introduction to Romance Languages

How do you choose the best language to study in high school?  Are you interested in the fascinating comparison of related languages? 

This course introduces students to three popular languages – French, Spanish, and Latin – providing an opportunity to explore all three before deciding which one to study for the two-year foreign language requirement in high school.

What is there to French beyond wine and baguette? Isn't Latin dead? Fluency in Spanish may help in the job market, is there any other reason to learn Spanish?

This class exposes students to the basic elements of French, Latin, and Spanish, beginning the path to acquisition. The course begins with greetings and introductions in each language and builds to basic communication skills (yes, even in Latin!). Students will be introduced to the reasons for learning each language to decide which one they want to deepen. The course includes fascinating glimpses into the parallels and similarities between the three languages, especially in terms of vocabulary and grammar. Students will also gain an insight into how deeply these languages have affected English, learning fascinating etymologies as they expand their English vocabulary.  The course is a good foundation for any romance language, and in fact, for any foreign language study at all!

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.


Offered Spring Semester Only


Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Marie-Luise Reinhard, M.Ed.
Age Level: 10 - 14
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Minimum Enrollment: 6
Maximum Enrollment: 15

Tuition per Semester:  $180

Class Meets: Thursdays 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
Class Begins: January 13th

Spring Registration is Open

(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us.  We may be able to open an additional section.)

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Marie-Luise Reinhard, M.Ed.

Marie-Luise Reinhard
earned her Master’s in Education in both Latin and French from Mainz University in Germany and Tours University in France.  She is a native German speaker and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Tor Vergata University of Rome where her work focuses on effective methods for Latin instruction. She has won numerous awards and scholarships.  She is also an experienced educator at all levels, having worked with children at the elementary, middle school, and high school level as well as several universities including John’s Hopkins, two universities in Italy, and the Polis-Institute in Jerusalem.  She is personable, enthusiastic, and an outstanding scholar - not to mention a professional opera singer!

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. 

Herr Kopf is a native German speaker. He was born and raised in rural Austria where he recently settled with his wife, a US-citizen. He is eager to share his enthusiasm for language learning and classical education through online teaching.

Komm mit! I


hs german 2

Komm mit!
Grammatikheft I
(Grammar Booklet)


Materials will be provided by the Instructor.