About our courses
The Scholae aestivae per Rete are a Latin language course, conducted in Latin and based on the “nature”, or “inductive-contextual,” method. The course is directed towards everyone, from teachers to students to plain enthusiasts, who has a love for the language of Rome.
Six different learning levels
When registering, the participants will choose one of six levels – from level A1, the most elementary, to C2, the most advanced.
We recommend that in choosing your level you take into account not only your passive knowledge of the language but also, and even more importantly, your active proficiency in speaking and writing.
For levels A and B the textbook of reference will be H. H. Ørberg’s Familia Romana. For level C1 (language) the textbook of reference will be H. H. Ørberg’s Roma aeterna, whereas in levels C1 and C2 (literature) we will read and discuss authors from every time period: the texts will be somewhat easier in level C1, a little more difficult in level C2. As a rough suggestion, if you use Lingua Latina per se illustrata: register for level C1 (literature) if you have finished studying Familia Romana and the first five chapters of Roma aeterna; register for level C2 if you have read Roma aeterna until at least chapter 45.
The following chart shows the chapters of Familia Romana to be covered in levels A and B:
A1: chapters I through X;
A2: chapters XI through XIX;
B1: chapters XX through XXVII;
B2: chapters XXVIII through XXXIV;
C1 (language): chapters XXXVII through XL of Roma aeterna (which include, among other things, about 100 verses by Virgil).
As far as grammar is concerned, here are the subjects that will be covered in each level:
A1: the first three declensions, first class adjectives, demonstrative pronouns and adjectives, the present infinitive;
A2: the five declensions, first and second class adjectives, pronouns, adverbs, comparatives and superlatives of adjectives and adverbs, deponent verbs, the present, imperfect and future indicative, both active and passive;
B1: the supine, the perfect, pluperfect and future indicative, both active and passive, the present subjunctive, the gerund;
B2: the gerundive, all the tenses of the subjunctive, the sequence of tenses, the syntax of period.
A course tailored for you
We believe that Latin is a language too, and that in order to learn any language well, one must exercise the four basic linguistic skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
We want everybody to take an active part in our lessons: that’s why, in levels A, B and C1 (language), each group will be composed of no more than ten participants.
In levels C1 and C2 (literature), groups will comprise no more than twelve students, but they will sometimes be divided into smaller working groups.
To get an idea of how our lessons go, and to choose the right level, we recommend taking a look at the following videos, focused respectively on A1, A2, B1 and B2: