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Latin

WHY STUDY LATIN WITH US?

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Accelerated

We learn at a pace faster than prestigious junior and senior boarding schools in the US.

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Comprehensive

We teach Latin at all levels, and students master even the finer points of the language to attain the highest scores on high-stakes exams.

Rigorous

Our elementary school students study at the middle and high school levels; our middle and high schools students study at the high school and college levels.

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Year after year our students at all levels win top awards in an eclectic range of international contests.

Effective

3 STAGES OF EMERSON'S LATIN

Stage 1

Master the fundamentals of Latin according to the student’s style of learning while competing in international contests.

Choose a Program

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Cambridge Latin

Elementary • Middle

Our Cambridge Latin Program provides an enjoyable and carefully paced introduction to the Latin language, complemented by background information on Roman culture and civilization. Our materials progress from simple stories adapted from original texts to the original texts themselves. The readings are accompanied by explanations of key language points and are supported by grammar practice exercises. The main emphasis, however, is on learning how to read Latin, not on being drilled repetitively on the finer points of grammar, making Cambridge Latin an ideal program for upper elementary school students.

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Oxford Latin

Middle • High

Our most popular program, Oxford Latin combines the best features of both modern and traditional methods, a balance of both the inductive and deductive approaches to learning Latin. In other words, it provides an exciting introduction to Latin based on the reading of narrative passages and original texts by Roman authors, while an equal emphasis is placed on a clear presentation of grammar with a great number and variety of exercises. Our materials flow at a quicker pace, a wider variety of complex sentence structures is introduced earlier and at greater length, and the grammatical patterns to reinforce retention are repeated less than other reading-based Latin programs, making Oxford Latin suitable for those middle and high school students eager to learn more quickly and get ahead.

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Natural Latin

Elementary • Middle • High

Natural Latin trains students to learn Latin without resorting to translation, but instead by teaching them to think in the language. They learn grammar and vocabulary inductively through extended contextual readings that provide plenty of repetition and clues for comprehension. The astute student in time absorbs the meaning and does not have to make any effort at mental translation, just as the intuitive child learns to read his own native language, naturally and effortlessly, without being taught the rules of grammar. It is only when the student can read Latin that we study Donatus’s Ars Grammatica, the standard Latin school text for a millennium. Afterward, we closely read the prose and poetry of the most celebrated Latin writers. Students who enjoy reading books in English above their grade level excel in Natural Latin.

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Grammar Latin

Middle • High

Grammar Latin is the perfect fit for the traditionalist at heart, who is most at ease learning Latin as it has been taught for many years. The core of the traditional approach is the study of Latin grammar, presented deductively, and then practiced through various types of exercises—translations, both from Latin to English and vice versa, oral work, and simple original composition. However, when students learn the grammar, they are not simply given forms and charts to be memorized rotely. Instead, they read lessons and literature from the great ancient writers who used the grammar in a meaningful context. The focus on Latin grammar, as well as the emphasis on the philosophical and literary culture of the Roman world, makes Grammar Latin not only a Latin language  program, but also a fine introduction to classical humanism and the original writings of ancient authors. Students with an analytical mind whose meticulous natures seek clear and explicit explanations excel in Grammar Latin.

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ASAP Latin

High

ASAP Latin is reserved for the intellectually mature high school student willing to study Latin rigorously at the college level. Our ASAP program combines the best features of the modern and the traditional methods of learning Latin. From the modern method, we accept that the aim of any Latin course should be the acquisition of reading skills and that everything else, linguistically speaking, should be subordinate to this aim. We also believe firmly in the necessity of learning vocabulary and grammar thoroughly, and so we tabulate all grammar in the traditional form, though the order in which we introduce it is not traditional. The conscientious beginner in ASAP Latin can complete the fundamentals of Latin and rise up to the advanced AP level within a year.

Stage 2

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Latin Readings

Closely read and analyze Latin poetry and prose for international contests at higher levels and for the AP Latin Exam.

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Marcus Tullius Cicero

A philosopher, a scholar, and a literary man, Cicero was driven by ambition to a career in the law courts and Roman politics. Prolific in his literary output, he wrote seven works on rhetoric and seventeen on philosophy, with fifty-eight of his speeches surviving from a career during which he dominated the Roman bar. In his writing he reshaped the Latin language, and his influence remained incalculable throughout ancient times and right up to the last century.

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Gaius Valerius Catullus

Known today as the first Roman love poet, Catullus was a member of a literary group which was attempting a new sort of poetry. These young poets, the poetae novi, as Cicero contemptuously called them, rejected the traditional genres of Roman poetry, epic and drama, and used poetry as a vehicle for expressing their own emotions on any subject, from the trivial to the profound.

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Titus Livy

Cicero complained that there was no good history of Rome. Livy supplied this need with the monumental work to which he devoted most of his life. Although most of this great history has been lost, we read and discuss selections of his writings that have survived, an exciting history told by one who has the gift of making his readers live through the events he describes.

Our students develop essential skills in sight-reading and analysis by examining Latin texts ranging from history, philosophy, and poetry to political speeches, legal arguments, and private letters penned by prominent Romans. Here is a sampling of the great writers whose timeless works we study:

Stage 3

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AP Latin Exam

Prepare for and take the AP Latin Exam while competing in international contests at the highest levels.

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Did you know?

According to the College Board, students taking AP Latin are typically in their fourth year of high-school-level study. It is equivalent to an upper-intermediate university Latin course, typically taken during the fourth or fifth semester in college. Students who successfully complete the AP Latin Exam can receive up to 12-16 units of college credit, significantly more than other AP subjects.

Our AP Curriculum

Our conscientious students, willing to excel at the quickest pace, usually meeting once a week, take AP Latin after just one year. Throughout the course, students develop their language skills through various activities: precise, literal translation of prepared poetry and prose; reading with comprehension of sight passages, both poetry and prose; and written analyses that demonstrate the results of critical reading in clear and coherent arguments supported by textual examples.

Many AP Latin courses at both private and public high schools in the US do not complete all the reading requirements on time, leaving students ill-prepared for the exam. However, our curriculum includes the critical and in-depth study of all the reading selections that will appear on the exam, with plenty of room to spare for a thorough review in the end, ensuring that our students attain the highest possible score.

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