Intro to Latin: The Latin You Know and Why (Summer)

Did you know that, as an English speaker, you already know plenty of Latin? How this can be and why you should definitely consider taking up Latin classes is what we will explore in this short summer course.

We will shed some light on how English words can "come from" Latin, and how we can employ basic linguistic concepts to spot many such words in everyday life. We will also get a broad overview of the shared history of Latin and English and we will try to retrace the course of little letters and syllables, as well as big ideas through the centuries.


  • Prerequisites: None
    Instructor:  Michael Kopf, M.A.
    Age Level: all ages
    Grade Level:  all grades
    Minimum Enrollment: 4
    Maximum Enrollment: 15
    Tuition per Semester:  $45
    Class Meets: Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM Pacific, for 4 weeks, June 2 - 23

All class materials provided by the Instructor.

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.


Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.