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Kudos…

Found this note today while grading….

You made her year of Latin so much better than if we had attempted it alone!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

You should know that my daughter received a Gold Summa Cum Laude award this evening for her NLE this year. She missed 3 on the Latin 1 test, and her younger sister by 2 years missed 5 on the Intro. What a surprise to mom!  Thanks for making a difference!

This is our first online class, and I have to say that I am beyond impressed that our teacher who is somewhere out in the Internet world actually knows who we are!  I have always figured that you had so so many students….never would I have dreamed that you would know us the way you do.  Thanks for being personal, even if we never meet face to face!

– Julie

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Why I do what I do….

I received this note from the parent of an online student:

Thank you so much!  As someone who is part of my “educational team” for my kids, you should know my daughter received a Gold Summa Cum Laude award this evening for her NLE this year. She missed 3 on the Latin 1 test, and her younger sister by 2 years missed 5 on the Intro. What a surprise to mom!  Thanks for making a difference!

This is our first online class, and I have to say that I am beyond impressed that our teacher who is somewhere out in the Internet world actually knows who we are!  I have always figured that you had so so many students….never would I have dreamed that you would know us the way you do.  Thanks for being personal, even if we never meet face to face!

You made her year of Latin so much better than if we had attempted it alone!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  

– Julie

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Good question.

I received this question:

If we choose the “no grading” option for your Latin class do I just buy a Lingua Latina answer book to correct myself?

Here is my reply:

The answer book is really not that helpful.  It is also completely in Latin.  At the beginning of August, I will be starting a series of videos on Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg and on First Year Latin by Robert Henle.  I will be explaining the sections that I assign for grading.  Parents and students will be able to watch the videos for explanation.  Using the videos, parents will be able to grade the assignments.  

Before you join an online class, read this.

There is a little confusion about the online classes that I offer on my site.

The classes that I offer on my site are not classes for the faint.   They are tough.   Very tough.

If you are a true beginner to Latin,  or if you are younger than 13, begin with Visual Latin.

The classes that I offer on my site are next level classes.   They are for students who want more.   Lots more.

There are basically two tracks.   Every year, I take students through Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg.   If you are learning Latin, there is nothing like this book.   Anyone who says differently is selling something.   Remember, though, this is easily the toughest beginner Latin book out there. This is why I recommend Visual Latin  first.

I do not often recommend the second track, unless you are a student in Classical Conversations.  Every year, I take students through First Year Latin by Robert Henle.   I do not recommend this book only because I have received hundreds of emails from people desperate to get away from this book.   I am not a big fan.   Don’t get me wrong.  First Year Latin by Robert Henle gets the job done.   If you cannot read the New Testament in Latin, this book will take you there.   You just will not have much fun along the way.   Just like Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg this book will be easier if you have already gone through Visual Latin.

If you are considering an online class on my site,  consider taking Visual Latin first.  It will pave the way.

Online class emergency…

If you are not in one of my current online classes, feel free to ignore this blog.  It feels good to ignore unimportant stuff.  I can help you feel good.

If you are in one of my current online classes, this message is for you.

Well, snap.  It has happened.  What I feared has come to pass. The  Internet in Greece is as bad as the economy in Greece.

I thought this might happen.  Remember?  I warned us all that this might happen.  I am not sure that class is going to work this week.  Or, the week after that.  And so on.

I WILL attempt class tomorrow.  You are welcome to come.  However, you should know, the Internet here is slow.  Ridiculously slow.  As slow as a congressman’s conscience.

So, what does it all mean?

It means this.  I AM going to attempt class tomorrow, and Wednesday.  You are likely going to try to attend.  If it fails, we will go to plan B.

Here is plan B:  Most of the classes are already pre-recorded. This means that you will just watch the recording for class.  You can ask any questions that you would ask in class by emailing me at dwane@visuallatin.com.  Or, if you are a Facebook user, contact me here: https://www.facebook.com/laughatlatin.  Of course, you can also contact me on my site: https://dwanethomas.com/.  If you do try to contact me, and you get tired of waiting, one of your fellow students may be able to help you.  Simply click on the “forum” tab on my site, join the forum for your class, and ask away.  You may even make some friends in there.

As I said, we ARE going to attempt class this week.  IF class fails, I will simply continue pre-recording classes.  Nothing else should change.

One more thing… if you want to finish the classes “live”, I am willing to finish classes up in July and August if you are willing to come to class when it is too hot to be outside anyway.

Let’s see what happens over the next few days.
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Dwane Thomas, April 4, 2016

Docendo discimus.

One of the fastest ways to learn anything is to teach what you want to learn.

There is an old Roman proverb, docendo discimus.   It means, “We learn by teaching.”

I live by this motto.

When I decided to learn Latin, I volunteered to teach Latin.

When I decided to learn Greek, I volunteered to teach Greek.

I think it works for a couple of reasons.  First, it is embarrassing to stand in front of a group with nothing to say.  This alone will motivate you to learn.  Fast.

Second, I think it is a good idea to grade the work of your students.  When you start grading the work of less motivated students, you are going to find mistakes.  You are going to find many mistakes.  By paying close attention to the mistakes of your students, you will learn.  You will learn the mistakes to avoid.  You will learn the common mistakes.  You will learn accuracy in your subject.

I have graded hundreds of pages of Latin responses.  It is easy to spot mistakes in Latin.

In Greek, I am not so good.  I need more practice.  I need to grade more.

My Greek students have the highest drop-out rate.  Greek is hard.  Some people think Latin is hard.  But, that is only because they have not tackled Greek.

Since I changed my site to a subscription site, several people have joined the Greek class.

There are two subscription levels.  You can subscribe with personal grading and without personal grading.

I am going to dump this distinction for my Greek classes.

If you are subscribed, and if you decide to tackle Greek, feel free to send your Greek homework to me.  I will check it.  I will grade it.

I need the practice.

For the last decade or so (longer actually), I have dedicated my time to the mastery of Latin.  For the next decade, or so, I am dedicating my time to the study of Greek.  By the time I turn 50 years old, I want to be fluent.  I am moving to Greece part time to make this happen.  But, I could use your help as well.

If you decide to join the Greek class, feel free to send me your homework.  I need to grade it.  Your work makes me better at Greek.

Can I join late?

I received this question:

My son is 12 and in the 8th grade. He has been taking Greek since 1st grade, but only started Latin 2 years ago. Because of a family move and circumstances of life, his Latin has not been as consist as I would have wished. I was thinking of starting him in an online class, but wondered where he would fit. Although he has not been in Latin too long, because of his Greek, he has grasped Latin well, I think. Is there any type of placement test he could take to know which level would be appropriate to start?

Thank you for your response!

 Here is my reply:

The online classes are tremendously difficult.   I recommend them only for students who have finished Visual Latin, or another Latin course.  

I offered two online Latin courses.   Each year I take students through Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg, and First Year Latin by Robert Henle.

I do not recommend you join First Year Latin by Robert Henle unless you are in Classical Conversations.  

I do, however, recommend Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg, but it is a very tough book.   generally, I do not let students younger than the age of 13 into this class.

If you would like to join, I recommend you order the book and have your son begin reading.    If he can make it through the first 10 chapters or so with no trouble, I would be happy to allow him into the current class.  

 If he cannot make it through the first 10 chapters or so, do not allow him to become discouraged. This is a very challenging book. He challenged me, as a Latin teacher, when I first read it.  

 In fact, I know several Latin teachers who cannot read. So, again, do not allow him to become discouraged.   The book is tough.   Yet, if you want to learn Latin, there is nothing out there like it.

 Let me know if you need more help!

Have a happy Saturday!