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Learn Latin with Transparent Language Online Posted by on Jul 16, 2018 in Product Announcements

If Latin is a dead language, why is it still so useful in modern life?

In an educational system that prioritizes STEM and hard skills, where spoken languages can be swapped out for coding languages, it can be hard to drum up interest in Latin. But the so-called “dead language” complements nearly any skill set in any field.

Almost half of all English vocabulary is rooted in Latin, which comes with obvious grammatical and syntactical benefits. But understanding these roots benefits more than just your SAT scores. Latin roots define modern medicine, science and math, from the symbols on the periodic table to the word integer (which means whole in Latin) which describes whole numbers. Latin is also the language of governance and law, from habeas corpus to referendum.

For homeschool parents, school districts, libraries, and anyone in between interested in providing Latin, we have added an Introduction to Latin course to Transparent Language Online.

What’s included in the Introduction to Latin course?

The Introduction to Latin course* includes two levels. Level I introduces basic but essential grammar topics like case, declension, and conjugation and eases the learner in while teaching as much of the most common and useful vocabulary as possible. Level II focuses on specific grammar topics necessary to achieve a beginner’s level grasp of Latin morphology and syntax while still teaching more of the most common and useful vocabulary. While vocabulary in Level I is loosely connected, the vocabulary lists in Level II follow a story and a set of characters. All course vocabulary was chosen based on frequency above all else.

Each level is comprised of 8 units with a unifying grammar concept or cultural topic around which the unit vocabulary is based. Within each unit, learners will find:

  • Up to 5 lessons, each containing 15-20 vocabulary items for a total of approximately 600 vocabulary items per course. Topics covered include declensions, conjugations, prepositions, and plurals in Level I and tenses, case, and irregular verbs in Level II.
    • Vocabulary items are built up in sequence to illustrate how morphology changes depending on sentence structure.
    • Vocabulary is also accompanied by images and annotations that explain both the grammar and historical context behind the chosen words and phrases.online latin course history
  • An interactive suite of activities that build listening, speaking, reading, and typing skills as well a final, scored assessment as the end of each unit.

*A companion Latin Grammar course is coming soon!

What does a lesson look like?

The very first unit of Level I covers 1st and 2nd declension nouns. After completing the unit, learners will be familiar with important vocabulary relating to people and nature, the three noun genders and their endings, and the nominative and accusative noun endings for the 1st and 2nd declension nouns. That’s a mouthful! So, how do we teach all that? Let’s look at the very first lesson.

Grammar Preview

The lesson begins with Grammar Preview, which introduces the grammar topic of the lesson with a basic overview of noun declension.

latin grammar activity

Language Comparison

The lesson vocabulary is introduced side-by-side with the English translation in Language Comparison. Here, keen learners will already see the grammar lesson playing out, as “femina” becomes “feminam” when it is the object of the sentence “Vir feminam amat.”

latin vocabulary activity

Preview It

Vocabulary and grammar concepts are reinforced in Preview It, where small annotations call out more explicitly the noun declensions and endings.

latin vocabulary activity

Pronunciation Practice

Learners can practice speaking in Pronunciation Practice, which records utterances and compares them to the proper pronunciation.

latin pronunciation activity

Matching and Multiple Choice

As the names suggest, these game-like activities continue to reinforce the vocabulary.

latin vocabulary activity

latin vocabulary activity

Recognize & Write It and Produce & Write It

Learners can practice typing while demonstrating their knowledge in these two activities. The first presents Latin and learners must type the English; the second gets a little more difficult, requiring the learner to type the Latin.

latin typing activity

Who is the Introduction to Latin course for?

Schools and Educators: Latin teachers can incorporate the course into their curriculum, but districts or universities without a dedicated Latin program can also offer it as an independent learning resource. The admin portal allows educators or administrators to make assignments, track and report on student progress, and message with students. Learn more about our educator resources here.

Homeschoolers: Students can learn independently while parents supervise from afar. The course comes with a separate admin account through which parents can track progress, including time spent learning and assessment scores. Learn more about our homeschool resources here.

Individuals: Any novice-level learner with an interest in Latin can subscribe to the course and learn on their own. We recommend searching for a library near you that offers free access!

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Comments:

  1. Ismail:

    First thank you so much.
    I understand more about Latin and English language, I will continue every day but I need grammar points and related English proficiency tests, because of I will enter axm next month about English proficiency test .
    Finally I will hop to get that point
    Thank you bay


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