Questions about the Henle class.

Short answer: I no longer personally grade the work of students. This applies to all new subscriptions.  If I was grading your work last year, and if you are still paying me to grade, then I will continue. 

Longer answer: I received a series of questions about the online Henle class.

I received a series of questions about the online Henle class.

Hi Dwane,

I’m writing to ask about your online Henle 1 Latin class that will begin in August. I have 2 students–a son who will be in Challenge 2 in the fall in Classical Conversations and a daughter who will be in Challenge B in the fall. Both have had some Latin.

I actually purchased Visual Latin last summer before you had the Henle version. My son and I did a little and enjoyed your presentations, but it was difficult and confusing to match up the lessons from VL and Henle.  He participated in Ch. 1 last year but didn’t understand the Latin once verbs entered the picture. I was tutoring Challenge A with my daughter and only began to understand the verbs somewhat when I got to that part of Henle with her. So I’m afraid he didn’t get the extra help he needed to excel since I was still in verbs when his class had moved on to more advanced things.  

All that being said, I would like to have both my son and daughter do the Henle 1 class with you. I think it will be advantageous to learn from someone who knows and understands Latin more than me as “Mom.” Plus, I want to sit with them and learn more!  I do have several questions.

1. Do I enroll both children and we all watch during the live class on Wed. afternoons on our computer? Or should I only enroll for one student?

2. Did I read that correctly that they turn in weekly assignments to you to grade? If so, are we emailing them to you?

3. Do you give grades or just make suggestions for me to give a grade?

4. What do we do if we miss a class for an illness or trip?

Thanks so much.

Here is my reply:

Hi!

I agree.  Matching the correct Visual Latin lesson to the corresponding Henle chapter is a challenge.  It was a challenge for me!

Also, don’t feel bad.  Everyone trips up when they encounter verbs.  I much prefer the novel Lingua Latina when learning Latin, since the author pushes verbs to the latter half of the book.  Unfortunately, most Latin books (including Henle) tackle verbs first.  This is a mistake.  Verbs are the toughest part of language learning.  They confuse students.  

Now for your questions. 

1. Do I enroll both children and we all watch during the live class on Wed. afternoons on our computer? Or should I only enroll for one student?

Just enroll once.  You can all watch together.

2. Did I read that correctly that they turn in weekly assignments to you to grade? If so, are we emailing them to you?

This was true once upon a time.  However, I am an army of one.  I no longer have time to grade student work.  I have uploaded all of my answer keys and am in the process of creating more quizzes on my site.  These quizzes will track student grades and student progress.

3. Do you give grades or just make suggestions for me to give a grade?

My site will grade the quizzes.  You are welcome to use the grades that my site gives as a final grade.  There are also assignments each week in the syllabus.  If you were children complete these You will be able to check their work using the answer keys I have provided in the members-only section of my site.

4. What do we do if we miss a class for an illness or trip?

All classes are recorded.  If you miss a class, simply watch class later.  

Let me know if you have any more questions!

Thanks!

Dwane