I received this inquiry:
I have been interested in my 15 y/o daughter taking a Latin class with you.
Her past experience has been a smorgasbord of Latin books. She did Henle in a Challenge A class 2 years ago (with some basics in CC Foundations prior to that) and then Cambridge Latin the past two. She hasn’t retained much and doesn’t want to really continue in Latin but she is willing to give it another try. Would you suggest Lingua Latina and if so, is it too late for her to join your class this year?
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! 🙂
Here is my reply:
Really, you can join my classes anytime. Since all classes are recorded, you can always catch up.
However, joining mid-stream does create a problem. It’s your problem. Not mine. 🙂
Your problem is this. You are going to feel behind. If you can’t deal with that, don’t join.
If you can make your peace with that feeling, and if you are willing to work very hard, then come on in.
If you decide to join, you have a couple of options. You could “audit” the class. If you choose the cheaper “audit” option, you have access to everything I offer, except personal grading. You can join the live class and the forums. You can take the online quizzes for a grade.
If you want personal grading, join the regular class. The greatest advantage here is the personal accountability. I will give you assignments. You turn them in weekly, or every other week. It depends on the class you join.
If you decide to “audit” you can go at your own pace. No big deal.
If you decide to join the regular class, do this:
Join the live class this Tuesday. You will feel overwhelmed. You will be confused. Don’t let that take you down. Give it time. It will come.
During the rest of the week, make your way through recordings of previous classes.
Spend some time watching the videos for chapter one. Read chapter one. Make sure you understand it. Email me if you have questions. Once you have gotten it, send Pensum C to me. Send the Latin questions with the Latin answers. This gives you more practice with the language. Send the questions and answers as a personal email to me. Do not send attachments. Slows the process down.
Once you have done this with chapter one, move on to chapter two. Repeat the process above. Then chapter three. You get it. Do this until you catch the live class.
Can it be done? Yes. Will it be easy? No. Have other students done this? Yes.
By the way, if you are not sure how it will go, this page could help: https://dwanethomas.com/testimonials/
I am happy to help you with this.