Professor: Mr Jacob Terneus
Students: Omnibus (Open to all; not restricted to clerics)
Class day(s) and time: Longer Format: Mon & Thu, 7-7:45 PM Eastern Time (US). (20 Sep – 3 Dec, with a break for Thanksgiving)
Language of instruction: English and Latin, but mostly Latin
Course description: In this course you will read, speak, listen, describe, narrate, be cajoled, and – if past courses are any guide – laugh in Latin. Our guide in this endeavor will be Hans Ørberg’s famous introductory textbook Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Familia Romana, chosen by active-Latin instructors the world over. It is a text uniquely well-suited for us, as a distance-learning cohort. Our video sessions together will be reinforced through both reading assignments and selected online exercises. The fact that this particular course meets regularly is a great boon; you will find that the frequency and consistency of our meetings aid your language acquisition. During this course, we plan to complete at least the first seven chapters of Ørberg. By the end of the experience, you should be able to sustain your part of a simple conversation in Latin and to write a Latin paragraph on similar topics and using the same vocabulary and grammatical structures as are found in those first seven or so chapters of the textbook.
Language Prerequisites: none
Other Prerequisites: none
o Ørberg’s Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Familia Romana (primary textbook)
o Ørberg’s Colloquia Personarum (ancillary reader)
o Jeanne Neumann’s Lingua Latina: a Companion to Familia Romana (optional grammatical aid)
o Familia Romana Essentials Online e-courseware (primarily for exercises)
o All materials, including the e-courseware, are available from Hackett Publishing and may be purchased online.
VSI offers a certificate of completion to every student that successfully completes the course.
All VSI online courses can be tried out free-of-charge for the first two classes. Please contact us to request a trial.
All VSI online courses are taught using Google Classrooms and Zoom. After purchasing a course, you will be sent the necessary invitation links. If the student’s name and email address are different from those of the purchaser, the student’s information must be included in the order notes so that we can add them to the course.