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Chit Chat, Cicerone Ducente (Intermediate-Advanced Conversational Latin)

Mon. 8pm Eastern

Course Description: In this course participants will get to know each other through colloquia familiaria, a.k.a., "PQA" (Personalized Questions and Answers), which the instructor has written with useful vocabulary and idioms taken straight from Cicero.  Some questions are simply personal life questions, e.g., hobbies, travel, favorite authors, vel sim; others are more "parlor game" questions, e.g., "With what person -- alive or dead -- would you most want to stay up late conversing?"  The locutiones are drawn primarily from Pro Archia, Somnium Scipionis, de Amicitia, and the Letters Each week participants will prepare responses to several questions they have voted for, answering both in their own voice and as a historical or literary figure of their choosing.  Sharing and comparing all the responses will provide a considerable amount of repetition of these Ciceronian idioms, with a view to long term retention.  The instructor aims for a jovial, low-stress, supportive atmosphere of friendship, nerdery, and whimsy.

Level: This course is intended for those who have some experience speaking Latin.  Due to the heavily scaffolded nature of the activity, this course is accessible to intermediate speakers no less than advanced.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Regular price $250.00

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David Ring

David Ring teaches Latin and Ancient Greek as living languages by using an eclectic mix of methods, ranging from the insights of Renaissance Humanist pedagogy (especially the advice of Erasmus) to the Direct/Nature method to (first and foremost) Teaching with Comprehensible Input.  Be it a discussion in Attic Greek about a beautiful painting, or personal life conversation in Attic Greek, or paraphrasing Homer or Lyric into simpler Attic prose, or storyboarding Lucian's True Stories -- David and his students aim to "get lost" in the joy of what they are doing, such that they "forget" they are speaking Ancient Greek.  He believes that the purpose of liberal education is to help young people grow in self-knowledge -- both individual and cultural --, to help them form sharp intellects, wise judgment, and greatness of soul.  He believes this is best done via direct encounters with the greatest minds and greatest stories of the last 3,000 years.