The Latin Beginning I course begins the study of the language, culture and history of the ancient Romans. By the end of the year, students will have gained extensive experience in various competency areas of the language: reading and interpreting, oral expression and aural comprehension. Students will also learn and practice linear-reading strategies that build critical thinking skills. Every step of the way students expand their English vocabulary through the study of Latin word roots. In addition, significant time is devoted to the study of areas of Roman culture and history as presented through the products of the Romans such as art, architecture and engineering techniques. Students also examine evidence of Roman daily life and compare the ancient Roman customs to those of the modern world. Every unit of Latin I incorporates linguistic and cultural/historical material. Many of the unit assessments are collaborative projects with individualized pathways requiring that students work together to create linguistic, artistic and creative materials that demonstrate their understanding of the unit content. This course thoroughly prepares students to advance to Latin Beginning II.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
"It's been a ton of fun and my teacher has done a great job with communication. She always helps me when I don't understand and grades quickly, which is very helpful because I never go into the next unit confused bout what I just learned."
WHAT STUDENTS DO
Learning is an active process at One Schoolhouse. Students design, create and apply. And, they engage with classmates and connect with their teachers through discussions, video conferences, and projects. Specifically, in this class students will:
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OUR RESEARCH-BASED APPROACH TO TEACHING LANGUAGES ONLINE
One Schoolhouse designs competency-based courses with the student-teacher relationship as the cornerstone of our personalized pedagogy. While students excel in our language AP courses, for many years we did not offer full sequence language courses because there was little research to support the efficacy of online language learning at the early levels. The research shows that fewer than 1% of Americans are proficient in the language they studied in traditional classrooms. Not wanting this outcome for One Schoolhouse students, our goal is to inspire deep learning so we strive to ensure that the online learning experience increases the effectiveness of second language acquisition. In recent years, we have honed our approaches to delivering the four language competencies – reading, writing, listening, and speaking – in the online space, and have therefore endeavored to build out our Chinese, French, and Latin sequences. The limitations of other online language programs are mitigated by the centrality of the student-teacher relationship, including interactive sessions where students speak, listen, and translate with their peers and teacher, at One Schoolhouse. J.C. Narcy-Combes’s research on second language learning online shows that, “meaningful interaction will trigger learning processes,” which we know to be true anecdotally, and that, with intentional design, students can be taught to learn language effectively online. Carrier et. al. have more recently shown that educational technologies and online learning are rapidly transforming second language acquisition, and that intentional practice can create a highly effective digital experience. Because One Schoolhouse students have pathway options where they can practice in the target language at their own pace, get feedback from their teacher, interact with peers from around the country, and demonstrate their mastery through both traditional assessments and creative projects, students have the full complement of research-based learning activities in their online courses that you would expect to find in any independent school language program. Additionally, our language teachers have advanced degrees from American universities, are trained in both their language and the best pedagogical practices for delivering language online, teach in independent schools around the US, and are AP readers.
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