Live Class Information

 

Live Class Schedule, 2017 – 2018

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Here is the current class schedule:

 

  • Tuesday classes will begin on September 5, 2017, and will end on May 29, 2018.  (Classes during the month of May will be pre-recorded classes as I am heading back overseas to study Greek.) . Live classes will end May 3, 2018.
  • Wednesday classes will begin on September 6, 2017, and will end on May 30, 2018.  (Classes during the month of May will be pre-recorded classes as I am heading back overseas to study Greek.)  Live classes will end May 3, 2018.
  • There will be no classes November 19 – 25, December 24 – 31, and January 1 – 6.
  • All information above is subject to change. Schedule changes will be announced during class.

Live Class Times & Descriptions

Latin 1  Lingua Latina, Chapters 1 – 19: Tuesday, 9:00-9:55am CST. Order the book.

Latin 2  Lingua Latina, Chapters 20 – 35: Tuesday, 10:00-10:55am CST. Order the book.

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Lingua Latina, by Hans Ørberg, saved my teaching career. 

For years, I taught Latin.  For years, I watched my students struggle.  I watched them memorize long lists of words and long lists of Latin endings. Worst of all, I watched as they struggled to read rudimentary Latin sentences. 

That’s right. They couldn’t read in Latin. And, to be honest, I could barely read in Latin. 

But we had stacks of endings memorized. Oh, could we rattle off those Latin endings!

I have some questions for you.

Have you ever learned a language by memorizing grammar charts? Have you ever learned a language by memorizing endings?   

I didn’t think so. Neither have I. Neither have my students. Neither has anyone I have ever met. 

I grew up around foreign languages. I spent over ten years in Europe. Didn’t see it there, either. I never met anyone who learned a language by memorizing grammar charts.

Do you have a multilingual friend? I’ll bet she grew up in another country. I’ll bet she was surrounded by foreign languages as a child. She probably grew up reading foreign books, as well as English books. I doubt she learned a second language by memorizing grammar charts.

Now, your friend is multilingual. And… you are jealous.

What would you think of me if I told you that you had to memorize all the parts of the car before I let you drive?  I mean all the parts. Carburetor, transmission, axle, ignition, dipstick… you get the idea. What would you think of me? You would think I was an idiot. 

That is how Latin is taught in America. Learn these endings, kid, and someday you will be able to read in Latin. 

That is not how Latin is taught in the Lingua Latina online class. In this class, we flip the order. Start reading in Latin today, kid. We will learn the endings as we go.

Lingua Latina teaches Latin the way we learn to drive cars.  Learn to drive the car, kid.  We will learn the parts of the car as we go.

Hans Ørberg believed that students would learn Latin faster, and understand more if they learned through stories.

Lingua Latina is a novel!

You read that right. Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg is a novel, packed with interesting characters, stories, legends, family squabbles, fugitive slaves, pirates and twice the vocabulary of most Latin textbooks. 

As I said, this book saved my career. For years, I taught Latin the “traditional” way. Endings. Lists. Tests. Quizzes. Boring. My students were bored. They hated Latin.

After years of disappointing results, I was discouraged. I decided to quit teaching and return to the construction world. 

Then, in the spring of 2009, as a last-ditch effort, I ordered a copy of Lingua Latina. I started reading it the day I got my hands on it. A week later, I knew I did not have to stop teaching. 

I also knew that it was time to quit teaching the Latin old way.

Don’t get me wrong. Grammar is important. You will not, however, learn Latin by learning Latin grammar, Latin endings, and Latin vocabulary lists alone. I tried that for years. Trust me. It does not work. 

I knew it was time to change the approach. My students deserved it. Latin deserved it. In the fall of 2009, I began teaching Latin using Lingua Latina

I wish I could say that my students instantly felt the same euphoria I felt when I first opened the book. Some did. Most didn’t. This was still school, after all. To them, Lingua Latina was just another textbook.

Within minutes, they had isolated the biggest complaint about the book. They instantly protested.

“Mr. Thomas, this book is written entirely in Latin!”

They were right. There is not a word of English instruction anywhere in the entire book. 

They were terrified. Perhaps you feel the same way. I can’t read a novel in Latin! I don’t know any Latin!

That’s the beauty of Lingua Latina. You learn as you go.

Don’t worry. I will guide you through.

If you’ve completed my Visual Latin course (recommended for those 13 and younger and available here) Lingua Latina is a great next step. In a shorter amount of time than you thought possible, you will be reading Latin with ease. 

Latin 3 and 4  Roma Aeterna, by Hans Ørberg: Tuesday, 11:00 – 11:55am CST. Order the book.

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Roma Aeterna is a compilation of ancient Roman authors discussing Roman history. It’s written by Hans Ørberg, the author of Lingua Latina. I highly recommend that students who join this class first complete the Linga Latina course above.

Latin 1 Henle Latin 1: Wednesday, 9:00-9:55am CST. Order the book.

Latin 2 Henle Latin 2: Wednesday, 10:00-10:55am CST. Order the book.

Latin 3 Henle Latin 3: Wednesday, 11:00-11:55am CST. Order the book.

Greek New Testament Greek: Thursday, 10:00-10:55pm CST. Order the book. 

Italian Learn Italian With Me: Thursday, 9:00-9:55 CST. Download the book here.

Live Class Schedule, 2018 – 2019 

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Here is the class schedule I am currently considering for 2018 – 2019:

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  • Classes will begin the week of August 29, 2018, and will end the week of April 22, 2019.
  • Wednesday classes will begin on September 1, 2017, and will end on April 24, 2019.
  • There will be no classes November 18 – 24, December 23 – January 6.

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  • All information above is subject to change. Schedule changes will be announced during class.

Here are the specific class times:

  • Lingua Latina chapters 1 – 19 (Latin 1) will start at 9 AM Central Time Zone on Wednesdays.
  • Lingua Latina chapters 20 – 34 (Latin 2) will start at 10 AM Central Time Zone on Wednesdays.
  • First Year Latin by Robert Henle (Latin 1) will start at 11 AM Central Time Zone on Wednesdays.
  • Learn Italian With Me will start at 1 PM Central Time Zone on Wednesdays.

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  • Monday: Greek will start at 5 AM Central Time Zone on Mondays.
  • Tuesday: Roma Aeterna (Latin 3 and 4) will start at 5 AM Central Time Zone on Tuesdays.
  • Wednesday: Second Year Latin (Latin 2) by Robert Henle will start at 5 AM Central Time Zone on Wednesdays.
  • Thursday: Third Year Latin (Latin 3) by Robert Henle will start at 5 AM Central Time Zone on Thursdays.

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As always, if you can’t make it to class, you can watch later (or anytime) in the member’s section.