Latin I

Latin provides students with a firm foundation for the study of any world language and for continuing the study of Latin. Latin I is a requirement for incoming first-years at The Academy at Penguin Hall. Students work on pronunciation; reading skills and strategies; listening comprehension; vocabulary and syntax; and analyzing texts and storytelling techniques. We focus on the first two books in the Cambridge Latin Course series. We devote special attention to English derivatives of Latin words and learn how to break English words down into prefixes, suffixes, and roots. By the end of the course, students are able to read and analyze Latin texts of increasing length and complexity, will have expanded their vocabularies in English, and will have improved their understanding of English grammar. Students gain an understanding of the Classical roots of Western civilization and of American society and are able to better appreciate why Latin persists in our culture today. The National Latin Exam is taken in the third quarter