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Second Year Latin Test 1 is up.

Even though John Gotto wrote this, “Who wouldn’t get bored teaching students who are rude and interested only in grades?” and even though I agree with him, what am I to do?

Incidentally, I don’t deal with very many rude students.  But on a daily basis, I deal with students only interested in grades.  It’s depressing.  I can teach you to read the New Testament in Latin or in Greek  But what of it?  Only one question seems to matter.

“Will I be getting an A?”  Sigh.

Every other day, I receive requests to grade the work of my students.  Nope.  No longer.  (If I am currently grading your work, I will continue to do so.  But, I am taking on no new graded work.)

Remember.  When students send their work to me, they send their work in the ancient Latin or in ancient Greek.  Could you grade that?  It’s harder than you think it is.

If a student sends sloppy careless work, I could spend an hour or two on a single email.   I sometimes receive hundreds of emails a day.  It is no longer physically possible to keep up.  If a half dozen lazy students send sloppy work, I am sunk for a week.  Happens all the time.

On the other hand, It takes me about two hours to create and publish a test.  My site will then grade your work automatically, and (Unless you cancel) track your grades.

Just published a test for Second Year Latin this morning.  Please let me know if you spot any mistakes.

Can I join the Lingua Latina 2 class?

I received this question:

Do the kids take LL 2 the next year for Latin 2?  With you – of course!

Here is my reply:

To get into LL 2, students must first be able to read the first 19 chapters.  Basically, it is a vocabulary game.  Visual Latin teaches students the grammar needed to get through Lingua Latina.  

Vocabulary is the problem.  Here is why:

First Year Latin by Robert Henle teaches students about 400 words.  Most of them are war words.  He is preparing students to read Caesar’s Gallic Wars.

Visual Latin (by me) teaches students about 1,200 words.  I try to use frequently used Latin words, but many of the words are biblical words.   I am trying to get students ready to read the New Testament in Latin.

Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg teaches students almost 2,000 words.  He is preparing students to read almost everything.  🙂

Students who jump from Visual Latin to Lingua Latina will find that they know the grammar needed for Visual Latin.  But, they may find themselves overwhelmed by the vocabulary of Lingua Latina.  For this reason, I require students to read the first 19 chapters of Lingua Latina, before I can allow them into the second class.  They can read the first 19 chapters on their own, or they can use old classes on my site if they need help.

Latin 2 time conflict…

I received this question:

Ok, I know we haven’t actually finished this academic year yet, but I’m beginning to plan for next year now. I’d love for my daughter to take Latin 2 with you online, but we’ve got a time conflict with the Wed 4-4:55 CST Henle Latin 2 class you’ve got scheduled for next year.

She could do a class any time Wednesday 11am-3pm CST though. So I was wondering if she could join a different Latin 2 online class?? I have no idea if switching to a different Latin curriculum is possible at this point of her Latin learning. Please let me know what you think. Thank you!

Thank you!

Here is my reply:

Most programs spread First Year Latin over two years.  This means that Henle’s Second Year Latin actually counts as Latin 3.  It’s weird.  

Your daughter has completed Henle’s First Year Latin in one year.  In any other program, this would count as Latin 1 and Latin 2.  

This means she could jump into my Latin 3 class if she likes.

I am teaching the Latin 3 course on Tuesdays.  If the schedule works, she could join.  We will meet on Tuesdays, from 2:00 to 2:55 (central time zone).  More information here: https://dwanethomas.com/fables-and-foundations/

Let me know if you need more help!