This course is for those with a foundation in basic Latin grammar and vocabulary, but who want to expand their understanding of this ancient and omnipresent language. Emphasis will be on speaking Latin to gain reading fluency and mastering new grammatical structures. In particular, we will focus on the 4th and 5th declensions, present participles, and 3rd declension adjectives. Historical topics include ancient medicine, the military, and the Roman calendar. We will begin at Chapter 9 in Hans Orberg’s Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata (Pars I: Familia Romana). The link for this recommended Latin book is here.
As a Latin teacher and polyglot, Skye Shirley has crafted a Latin teaching method informed by recent research in language acquisition and her Masters in Latin Pedagogy from UMass Boston. She teaches engaging, hands-on, immersive lessons which use Latin as the primary language of instruction. She has worked for many years giving tours of Rome during the summers, and now has a deep knowledge of the city. As a “linguistic activist” she has created change in her field by addressing the long-lasting gender gaps in spoken Latin through her nonprofit organization “Lupercal” and by fostering spaces for women to have a voice in the ancient language.