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Intensive Latin and ancient Greek courses
This is a two-week or four-week intensive course whose goals are to teach the foundations of Latin and ancient Greek, strengthen students’ active linguistic abilities, and improve their reading and writing fluency. The Summer 2023 courses are to be held online in two successive sessions from 3rd to 14th July and 17th to 28th July. Each session comprises 20 hours of instruction spread across two weeks, with two hours of class time per day, Monday to Friday. Weekends are free days, allowing students to relax and assimilate the material covered. The aim of each of the two-week sessions is to complete one of the levels described below. Students might choose to attend one session or both; in the latter case they would complete two levels.
Term dates for the academic year 2022-23
first session 5th-16th Dec. 2022
second session 12th-23rd Dec. 2022
first session 3rd-14th July 2023
second session 17th-28th July 2023
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Timetable (all quoted in UK time)
To accommodate different time-zones, classes will take place Monday to Friday in the following timeslots:
Latin courses offered
This course is designed for students who have had very little or no exposure to Latin. By reading Familia Romana and interacting with the teacher in Latin, students will gain a firm grasp of the basics of Latin grammar and acquire an elementary vocabulary. Among other topics, they will learn the first two declensions of Latin nouns (and adjectives inflecting in the same way), a range of different types of pronoun, the main syntactic functions of cases, the uses of the main prepositions, the present indicative, present imperative, and some irregular verbs.
This course is designed for students who are familiar with the basics of Latin grammar and have an elementary vocabulary; they may also have had some previous exposure to the Active Method. By reading Familia Romana and asking and answering questions in Latin, students will significantly improve their knowledge of both grammar and vocabulary. Among other topics, they will learn the third, fourth and fifth declensions, relative and correlative pronouns, comparatives and superlatives, a selection of irregular verbs, the accusative and infinitive construction, and many uses of cases.
This course is designed for students who have a working knowledge of Latin grammar and a good range of vocabulary; they may also have had some previous exposure to the Active Method. By reading Familia Romana and speaking in Latin, students will develop both their knowledge of Latin grammar and their reading fluency. Among other topics, they will consolidate all declensions, relative and correlative pronouns, defective and irregular verbs, further uses of cases and prepositions, all tenses using the present stem, and a variety of simple syntax including the ablative absolute, the accusative and infinitive, and nominatives with infinitive.
This course is designed for students who have a sound knowledge of Latin grammar and an ample vocabulary but little or no previous exposure to the Active Method. Students may read parts of Familia Romana and/or Roma Aeterna, and also possibly, depending on the pace of the group, selections from some classical authors. By reading these texts and discussing them in Latin, students will immerse themselves in the language, deepening their understanding of Latin syntax and increasing their confidence as readers of Latin authors. All tenses of the indicative using the past stem will be covered, as well as the gerund and all infinitives, participles and the supine.
This course is designed for students who, as well as having a sound knowledge of Latin grammar and ample vocabulary, have already been exposed to spoken Latin. The class will read a selection of various classical prose texts on philosophical, historical, rhetorical topics. The course will give students the opportunity to hone their skills, consolidate their Latin morphology, push the boundaries of their knowledge, and become more instinctive, fluent readers.
Ancient Greek courses offered
This course is designed for students who have had very little or no exposure to ancient Greek. By reading Athenaze, interacting with the teacher in ancient Greek, and doing supplementary reading and listening out of class, students will gain a firm grasp of the rudiments of the language while minimizing reliance on an intermediary classroom language. Among other topics, students will learn the first three declensions of ancient Greek nouns (and adjectives inflecting in the same way), understand basic sentences, directions, and instructions in ancient Greek, and be able to greet each other accurately, ask and answer simple questions, and produce a range of basic ancient Greek sentences. The instructor will provide primary course materials at no extra cost.
This course is geared towards students who know most of Greek morphology and have a good grasp of basic vocabulary. Students will develop their fluency in ancient Greek idiom by actively engaging the grammar, including paraphrasing simple texts in ancient Greek, orally substituting synonymous idiomatic expressions or alternative syntactic constructions, and more. The classes will gradually build up towards reading simpler extracts from Attic prose writers by the end of the course. Students will learn to participate in introductory conversation, understand straightforward ancient Greek speech, and tell a simple story in ancient Greek. Primary course materials are provided by the instructor at no extra cost.
This course is intended for students with a sound knowledge of ancient Greek grammar and prior experience in reading ancient Greek texts as well as discussing them in ancient the Greek. We will read a selection of texts from different authors, centred on the concept of φιλομαθία. The selection will aim to expose students to a variety of different styles, ranging from verses of the great Parmenides and Plato all the way to entries in lexica and epigrams from the early Byzantine period. We will focus on discussing the texts in their literary context as well as trying to internalize ancient Greek idiom in order to develop an intuitive feel for the language in its finest nuances.