Online Latin Classes

Seniorlearn.org has an 12 year history of success in teaching Latin, starting in 2004 on SeniorNet.org. We offer a unique experience with an instructor always present in the classroom and a proven success rate as evidenced by our students and their spectacular success on the National Latin Exam. As this is a pro bono project, we strive to keep the tuition extremely low: $50 for an entire year's classes. We want those who sign up for Latin with SeniorLearn to be informed and clear about what our classes are and what they are not.



Enrollment for the fall 2017 classes will begin in midJuly of 2017. If you wish to be on the list to be notified when enrollment opens, please email: janeiowaLatin@gmail.com



Our Classes are

  1. NOT canned lessons that go on despite the progress of the class. In our classes the Instructor makes adjustments to the class assignments, etc. as the class progress warrants.  

  2. NOT "do it when the mood strikes you" classes. Our classes attempt to replicate a bricks and mortar classroom.  That means there is a real, live Instructor who checks the homework the students email to her per the assignments made by the Instructor. The Instructor is IN the classroom to answer questions, explain again a concept that students are having trouble with, etc.

  3. NOT a class of thousands where the student fills in a blank or does the work on his own and hopes he has it right or is dependent on a listserv where others are also floundering.
     Our class has a max of 30 students. This is a real course with classroom attendance, feedback from a committed Instructor, and help.

  4. NOT a class which is done with Instant Chat.  Our classes have students from a variety of time zones around the world, so there is no appointed time each day when the student must appear to know what's going on.  The class is done in a bulletin-board/discussion style format.  The student can appear at a time during the day that is convenient for that student. What has been posted by the Instructor and others in the class is there for the student now appearing to read and then add his/her own participation.  


    What we ARE
    1. OUR course meets in a classroom 2 days a week.  There is an Instructor present (or if she has to be away, a TA [Teaching Assistant]  is present.)

    2. Our course was designed for those 50+ who do not need college or high school credit but who want to learn Latin for personal fulfillment. Our focus is on students who are older adults and who want to learn for the pure joy of it.

    3. From about the hours of 8:00 am ET to 9:00 pm ET, our Latin 101 classroom is never unattended.  We work together, translating and doing exercises to increase the student's understanding of Latin. If a student can only come in after work, we try to be on in the evenings until about 9:00 pm ET. If a student is later, he/she can, of course, ask the question, participate in whatever the class activity is, and it will be seen by the Instructor the next morning. We have a lot of students on the west coast and overseas.  If students need to come in after 9:00 pm ET, that is fine. We call that the Night Crew, and we save work for them and they can happily put down their work in the class and interact as well.

    4. Our assignments are made that include both IN CLASS work which the students post in the classroom.  This is often a round robin type exercise so students can reinforce the concept being taught, use the new vocabulary, do translations, etc.

       Assignments labeled HOMEWORK are exercises that the Instructor wants the student to complete and email to the Instructor. This is a private correspondence between student and Instructor.

    5. Our supplemental activities and information are provided beyond what is found in the text.  The Instructor has made 29+ yearly trips to Italy and other countries with Roman ruins and she has presentations to round out the students' Latin experience.

    6. Our class provides several days of Orientation, right before the beginning of the class.  Here we answer questions about how the class works, and do some exercises showing the students where/how to find the Assignments area, the Presentations area, the Pronunciation folders, the Classroom, etc.  This is the student's time to get the technical aspects of how to find things, get questions answered, learn some shortcuts, etc.  The Instructor does not give lessons on how to do email, how to post in a discussion, etc. She is going to start with learning Latin.  The "how-tos" we do in the Orientation.  We expect all enrolled new students to attend this Orientation.

        EXPECTATIONS

      1. We expect students to attend the Orientation held one week before the start of class.  If you already know how to copy and paste, see up to 12 responses at once, find the assignments and presentations, please come in and help with those who are new to this.

      2. Because we are online in a discussion area, we expect students to be able to type and to send and receive email. Homework is a private correspondence between the individual student and the instructor.  It is by email that the homework is sent to the Instructor and how she returns her feedback on that work.

      3. We prefer for the Latin to appear before the English  in translations posted in class, but we can make adjustments for those who don't type well.  Let us know if typing is an issue.

      4. The ability to copy and paste is an extremely useful skill.  You'll will be glad you can do it, it will make the course much easier.   Please ask DURING THE ORIENTATION  if this is not a concept that you are familiar with. You'll want it for assignments if you would like to print some of but not ALL of that page out.

      5. Students are expected to purchase the text required by the Instructor and  to participate in the classroom.  This means reading ALL the posts by the Instructor and the other students. To not do so is lessening the value of the entire Latin learning experience.  Students will learn much from seeing other students' posts and those of the Instructor. It's comparable to being in a regular classroom. The student needs to listen carefully to everything the Instructor explains and to listen to the questions and responses of the other students.  

      6. Keeping up is vital.  This course is a group activity.  It is not a one-on-one tutoring session between one student and an instructor. It's much more meaningful than that. There are others also learning, and students, as in a regular classroom learn from other students and their questions.

        [Yes, we know life happens and sometimes unfortunate things happen in our lives that make for situations that require some adjustment here.  Please communicate these situations with the Instructor, so she can help you.]

        Format:  The Latin courses on SeniorLearn.org are offered in a virtual classroom discussion or "bulletin board"-style format with other students and the instructor.  

        1. This means you post as a message your own input to the subject at hand. It's comparable to contributing to a class discussion in a regular classroom.  This classroom work can include translating, contributing a vocabulary word to an in-class drill, to making a sentence with words that have been assigned, etc.


        2. The class meets two days a week. Since our student body is international, there is no set hour when the class meets. The student can come in any time of the day and find the instructor, and motivated fellow students participating in the classroom. This is not live chat. Your messages and those of other students and the Instructor remain as long as the class does.  


        3. There are written assignments to be emailed to the instructor which are returned with comments.  We attempt to make the classroom experience as close as possible to what you would encounter in a physical bricks and mortar classroom.  


        4. Latin is a discipline.  It's vital, therefore, that you keep up with these assignments and with the classroom work, if you wish to learn Latin.  Each lesson the Instructor explains, each classroom drill, each homework assignment builds upon what was done previously.




        5. We assume, in Latin 101, that you have no prior Latin.  Some people may have had classes 50 years ago, but the assumption of the Instructor is that everyone is starting brand new.

          Cost: The cost is only $50 per year (Sept.-May) plus the purchase of a text, which must be in hand on the first day.

          Description of Courses and Texts

          Students select from a broad range of courses.

          Latin 101: Beginning Latin

          Prerequisite: None

          Latin 101 introduces the language, history, culture, derivatives and influence of the Romans.  An engaging "You Are There" format takes the student to Pompeii in A.D. 79, and you will read in Latin about the life and death of a real resident of Pompeii. You'll be reading Latin from the very first day!  If you've always wanted to take Latin or you remember it fondly, join us for a trip back in time. You'll be amazed at the extent of the influence of the Romans in our lives.

          In addition to the reading based text which is rich in up to date cultural and historical detail, the course is augmented by a thorough background in grammar. Because the courses are enjoyable and fun, the students at the end of the Latin 101 course are amazed to discover they  

            • are able to read and understand Latin sentences and passages,  and do basic English-Latin composition. 
            • are able to conjugate any verb in all four conjugations in the Present, Imperfect and Perfect Tenses, and the irregular verb to be.   [Also covered are Present and Perfect stems, the Four Principal Parts, and Imperatives.]
            • are able to decline any noun in the first three declensions and
            • know the Nominative, Genitive, Dative, Accusative and Ablative Cases and their basic uses.
            • know adjectives of the first two declensions, as well as selected personal pronouns
            • have been introduced to Roman numerals and selected cardinal numbers as well as mottoes, abbreviations and common expressions.


          Our courses exceed the requirements of the Standards for Classical Language Learning,  and our students for the four past years in a row have excelled on the National Latin  Exam.

          Text: Our text is the new lavishly illustrated Cambridge Latin Series Unit I North American Fourth  Edition,  paperback ISBN: 978-0-521-00434-3, which is available in all prices on bookfinder4u.com
          Please do not,if buying a used paperback,(since Amazon has them fairly reasonably new), accept one with any writing in it at all.

          Latin 102-105

          Prerequisite: Successful completion of the preceding levels, or permission of instructor

          The various levels of the Latin 100 courses focus on building a strong foundation in grammar and include readings on the old Roman heroes. Highlights are the stories of Dentatus, Cincinnatus, Caedicius, Coriolanus, and Horatius at the Bridge. Also included are the stories of Pyrrhus, Regulus, the Gracci, and Romans Marius and Sulla, and myths including Arachne, Baucis et Philemon, Midas, Daedalus et Icarus, and many others.

          When the Cambridge Unit 2 is concluded, students will enjoy reading the myths recounted in Latin Via Ovid, a reader of Ovid's Metamorphoses, which includes the stories of Arachne, Atalanta, Callisto, Pan and Syringa, Echo and Narcissus, Pyramus and Thisbe, Orpheus, and many more.

          Texts:

          --- Ullman Henry: Latin for Americans, 2003 edition, Book 1, ISBN: 0-07-828175-X

          ---Cambridge Latin Course, Unit 2, ISBN: 0-521-00430-6 paperback

          ---Latin Via Ovid: by Norma Goldman, 2nd edition 1982 0-8143-1732-4


          Latin 200-205

          Prerequisite: Successful completion of previous levels or permission of instructor.

          Courses in the 200 range continue our firm foundation in more complex grammar and include readings in adaptations from Livy's Ab Urbe Condita, including "Lefty" Scaevola, Hannibal,the Battle of Cannae, and the Civil War. Other reading selections include Jason and the Argonauts, Caesar's Invasion of Britain, De Bello Gallico, Pliny's Letters, readings from Ovid's Metamorphoses, and a variety of authors including Gellius, Horace, Catullus, Cicero, and many more. Grammar continues with Subjunctive constructions such as Purpose and Result Clauses, the Sequence of Tenses, Dative of Purpose and Reference, Volitive Noun Clauses, Noun Clauses of Result, Indirect Questions, Latin Composition, Infinitives and Infinitive constructions, the Gerund and Gerundive, and the Conditions.

          At the end of this course students will select future readings from a selection of authors including Cicero, Pliny, Nepos, Catullus, Horace, Livy, Tacitus, Martial, Ovid and Vergil. Readings continue in the Metamorphoses as well.

          Texts:

          --- Latin for Americans, Second Book, 2003 ISBN: 0-07-828176-8 Ullman Henderson.

          ---Invasion of Britain, Welch and Duffiield, eds., ISBN: 978-0-86516-334-8

          ---Latin Via Ovid: by Norma Goldman, 2nd edition 1982, ISBN: 0-8143-1732-4


          Latin 300-309

          Prerequisite: successful completion of previous levels or permission of instructor

          Courses in Latin 300 concentrate on readings, beginning with Cicero and ending with selections from Medieval Latin. After a brief introduction to Pliny's letters, and Aulus Gellius, on Cicero. Students will read from the four orations against Catiline, (and some from Sallust's Catiline), the entire Pro Archias, and selections from Verres and Antony. Selections from Cicero's letters and philosophical works will also be included. The course concludes with selections of Ovid and "Two Thousand Years of Latin." In addition the students will read a short story by Jerome, Vita Malchi.

          Students who complete the upper levels of our 305 course will also have the opportunity to choose their next reading, when the 305 level is completed, from texts such as the Gesta Francorum et Aliorum Hierosolimitanorum, (c. 1100-1101,) the Gesta Romanorum (13th-14th c A.D.), the Bellum Civile, De Senectute, or the Aeneid, among others.

          Texts:

          ---Latin For Americans, Latin 3: BL Ullman, Albert I. Suskin, 2002, ISBN:ISBN-10: 0078281784 ~~ ISBN-13: 978-0078281785

          ---TBA, depending on the choice of the class.




          Course Projects

          Students also enjoy participating in several opportunities related to the classics including meetings at classical conventions or trips, contributing to our well-respected Classics Magazine, Ecce, and fun projects including Latin lyrics for popular songs (Let it Snow) and etymological projects (Flowers, etc.)

          Questions? Email: janeiowaLatin@gmail.com .

          Instructor: Ginny Anderson: BA Latin, MA, Furman University

          Ginny Anderson formerly taught Latin at Furman University where she now teaches three courses in Latin at Furman's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

          We are honored to have Dr. Dale Grote of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, as Consultant to this project.