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Classics

Students at Arlington Catholic are required to take a minimum of two consecutive years of either a classical language (Latin) or world language (French, Italian or Spanish). However, as many colleges favor three to four years of a classical or world language, we encourage the study of a language beyond the minimum requirement.

Why study Latin, a “dead” language? For a start, Latin can help you improve your English vocabulary (50% of English words derive from Latin) and develop your understanding of grammar. Moreover, Latin is the language of law, science and Christian theology. By studying Latin, you also learn about the culture, history, and mythology of ancient Rome.

 

Faculty

Michael Cave, mcave@achs.net
BA Spanish, Southern Connecticut State University
MEd, Harvard University
PhD Spanish, University of Connecticut

Course Offerings

Latin 1

LATIN 1 – 417

1 Credit

This  course is designed for students who have had no previous study of Latin. Latin-derived English vocabulary and the general principles of' how such words are formed will be a major focus of the course. In addition, important aspects of Roman civilization will be presented.


Grades: 9, 10, 11
Latin 2

LATIN 2 – 418
1 Credit

This course builds on the skills learned in Latin 1. Students will be expected to do work involving the active production of Latin as well as reading comprehension of increasingly authentic Latin prose. In addition, important aspects of Roman history and civilization will be presented. Please note: incoming freshmen must take the department placement test to enroll in this level.


Grades: 9, 10, 11
Honors Latin 3

HONORS LATIN 3 

1 credit

This course builds on the skills learned in Honors Latin 2 with a focus on literary vocabulary and advanced concepts of grammar. Students will be expected to do rigorous work involving the active production of Latin as well as reading comprehension of authentic Latin prose. Unique to this level is the study of' the late Republican era of Roman history and the writings of Julius Caesar and Virgil. Students will be prepared to take the Level 3 National Latin Exam in the spring.

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Honors Latin 1

HONORS LATIN 1

1 Credit

This course is designed for students who have had no previous study of Latin and are generally strong academically. Students will work at a more intensive pace than in Latin 1. The major focus of the course is Latin vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension. In addition, important aspects of Roman civilization will be presented. Students will be prepared to take the Level 1 National Latin Exam in the spring.

Grades 9, 10, 11

 

 

 

Honors Latin 2

HONORS LATIN 2

1 credit

This course builds on the skills learned in Honors Latin 1. Taught at a more rigorous pace than Latin 2, students will be expected to do work involving the active production of Latin as well as reading comprehension of increasingly authentic Latin prose. In addition, important aspects of Roman history and civilization will be presented. Students will be prepared to take the Level 2 National Latin Exam in the spring. Please note: Incoming freshmen must take the department  placement test to enroll in this level.

Grades 9,10, 11, 12