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Facile Lectu Est / It’s Easy To Read! (Beginning Conversational Latin)

Tues., 4 pm Eastern

Course Description: In this course, students will engage with various texts - all at the beginner/intermediate level - over the course of the semester to develop their skills at sight-reading, discussing texts in Latin, and going beyond the texts with short conversations in Latin  Students will become comfortable with remaining in Latin for the duration of a session and will learn to navigate meanings of both words and sentences as well as to recognize and appreciate the nuances of the Latin language. Weekly readings will focus on well-known stories from Roman History and will gradually build in complexity as each student’s facility with discussing Latin texts in Latin increases. Special focus may be given to incorporating classroom-style activities if there is interest from participants. 

Level: Beginner/Intermediate spoken. All students must have basic understanding of Latin grammar/syntax, but do not necessarily have to have spoken Latin before. This course will be especially suitable for Latin teachers looking to increase the level of spoken Latin in their own classes.
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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Gus Grissom

Gus Grissom is a former Marine officer turned Ph.D. who now teaches Latin at McLean High School, near Washington DC. He earned his M.A. in Greek and Latin from The Catholic University of America and his Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Maryland, College Park.. His doctoral research and dissertation focused on Thucydides’ view of danger, kindunos, in his analysis of the Peloponnesian War. This consistent focus on the tension between rational fear and irrational hope, combined with his own experience as a Marine officer, keeps him focused on decision-making, especially in the military context. When not teaching Latin, he is one of three co-hosts of the spoken Latin podcast, “Quomodo Dicitur?,” a weekly conversation about… whatever.