Middle School Latin Courses
EXPLORING MIDDLE SCHOOL WORLD LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (9-Week Course)
(Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, Latin, and Spanish – These courses may vary by school)
This introductory course is for students who do not wish to start the high school sequence, but would like to begin learning world languages and cultures in middle school. It is not a prerequisite for any other World Language course and does not allow a student to earn a high school credit. This course should be taken only once during middle school. The course allows students to perform basic functions of the language being studied using increasingly complex structures as the student becomes familiar with some detailed elements of the culture. The emphasis is placed on the ongoing progressive development of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and viewing skills within a given context extending outside of the classroom setting. The context focuses on adolescents’ lives, needs, and experiences but also expands to other aspects of life and exposes students to a variety of customs and lifestyles. Grammar is integrated throughout the course and is based on thematic units.
LATIN I, PART I
Latin ,I Part I is offered as the first of a two-part series to enable motivated students to begin their world language studies at the 7th grade level. Students in this course learn to pronounce and understand simple spoken and written Latin and focus on grammar, vocabulary, and derivatives. The close relationship between Latin and other world languages is emphasized. This course also covers aspects of Roman culture and Greek and Roman mythology. After successful completion of Latin I, Part I, the student is expected to continue with Latin I, Part II as an eighth grader. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course.
LATIN I, PART II (Prerequisite: Latin I, Part I)
This course further develops Latin I, Part I grammar and syntax while enhancing reading skills, increasing vocabulary, and improving translation abilities. Students study Roman civilization and history as well as work extensively with derivatives. They are also introduced to the Greek alphabet and are exposed to a limited Greek vocabulary. Students who successfully complete Latin I, Parts I and II are awarded high school course credit and may have the opportunity to continue with levels II, III, IV, V, and an AP-level course in high school. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course.
LATIN I (HS CREDIT)
This course is an introduction to basic Latin grammar and vocabulary, with an emphasis on the most common Latin structures and those that find parallels in English. Students are also introduced to the Greek alphabet, Roman culture, and Greek and Roman mythology. High school course credit is awarded to students who successfully complete Latin I in the 8th grade. Students who successfully complete Latin I in the 8th grade may have the opportunity to continue with levels II, III, IV, V, and an AP-level course in high school. The course must consist of 135 instructional hours on a block schedule or 150 hours within a traditional schedule. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course.