Introductory Latin

In this course, students will explore the culture and civilization of Ancient Rome and the influences of this society upon subsequent civilizations through the medium of the Latin language.   Students will learn the forms and of the five declensions for nouns/adjectives and the four conjugations of verbs in the Latin language.  In addition, students will learn the basic rules of Latin grammar.

 

Latin will be of great benefit for any students who succeed in this course.  In addition to the obvious benefit of learning English vocabulary, translation of every Latin sentence requires analytical thinking skills of identifying the components of each word, analyzing same and finally synthesizing this knowledge before a correct translation can be created.   As to the value of Latin in mastering English reading and vocabulary skills, the College Board has published an analysis of the effect of various foreign languages on the verbal portion of the SAT

 

 

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2012

Latin

672

674

681

672

678

677

676

678

676

All Students

507

508

508

503

502

502

502

501

496

 

French

638

642

643

637

637

632

631

633

646

German

626

627

637

632

632

627

630

626

640

Spanish

575

575

573

577

574

565

557

561

592