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Speak Like a Roman

Speak Like a Roman
This class is currently archived, but if you're interested in it being taught again, you can express your interest here!
02/08/2023 - 04/26/2023
Spring Semester
0.5 credits in Languages
Grades 9-12

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About the course

Begins February 8, 2023

Languages develop in the ear and in the mouth, not on the page. The truest and fullest understanding of a language unfolds from the place where one can speak it and hear it spoken. This course introduces students to Latin as a spoken language in order to help them connect to a deeper love and understanding of Latin. Building on existing study of the language, students will learn the peculiarities of speaking an inflected language and will practice speaking through games, prepared dialogues, scenarios, and improvisational discussion. They will practice speaking in an engaging environment that encourages play and trial and error, and that emphasizes taking risks over attaining perfection.

Course Objectives

This course aims to acquaint students with the various practices required to speak Latin, and to lay a foundation for future growth in the student's ability to read, write, and speak the language.


Dialogues and examples will be drawn from various writers (including Erasmus and Hans Orberg) and translations of movies and songs.


Please note: this is a 12 week course that runs from February 8 - April 26, 2023.

Course Files

About the teacher

Dr. Junius Johnson Dr. Johnson has more than 20 years of teaching experience, and is currently the executive director of Junius Johnson Academics. He is also a writer and musician.