Latin Boot Camp: Basics
About the course
This course will meet Monday - Friday, July 17 - 21, 2023
Why Latin Boot Camps?
Sometimes a student begins the study of Latin full of excitement and expectation; sometimes it is rather in a grudging fashion, expecting the worst. However a student begins, they often find themselves in a place where Latin is more tedium than adventure. The rules and endless memorization have a tendency to make it hard to keep a larger, more inspiring picture of the language in mind.
The Latin Boot Camps are an intervention and antidote to this impasse. This series of one week courses aims to transform a student’s engagement with learning Latin. Packed with fun activities and taught by a leading Latinist with 20 years of experience designing and teaching Latin curriculum, these supplemental courses inspire students with a vision for the study of Latin and empower them to tackle the arduous tasks required with a greatly increased likelihood of success.
Latin Boot Camp Basics:
This boot camp takes a closer look at the elements of Latin that are unusual for an English speaker: cases, declensions, and the expanded verb system. The focus is not on memorization or learning of forms, but rather on seeing the logic behind the constructions and the history that caused such a wide variety of forms to exist. In essence, we will be answering a lot of “why” questions: “Why does Latin have so many cases?” “Why does the accusative so often end with ‘m’?”
This knowledge is essential: without it, the student comes to feel that Latin is an arbitrary system of difficult concepts and structures. This conviction is a major enemy of love and joy in the study of the language. But when we tackle these questions head-on, we provide a structure that not only makes memorization easier, but also helps the student to think Latinly.
- Learn the historical origins of Latin noun and verb systems and see how these can help in memorization
- See that the many forms of Latin nouns and verbs are not arbitrary, but logical
- Practice connecting the grammatical forms of Latin to meaning through English literary examples
- All materials will be provided