Latin I is intended for students who have not previously studied Latin. The course develops competencies in reading and interpreting, oral expression and aural comprehension. Students learn the basic components and structures of Latin that allow them to develop basic reading strategies, which they use to build critical-thinking skills. Upon completion of this course, students have acquired proper pronunciation, essential grammar and vocabulary to be able to understand and read short passages; the ability to engage in simple verbal exchanges; and a greater knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar. Learning Latin is also about discovering connections and relationships between ancient and contemporary languages, cultures, and influential ideas. Latin I students study Roman culture and history so they can examine the indebtedness of modern society to the Roman world, from legendary heroes to myths, gods, and politics. Students take quizzes and have tests, but they also write stories, sing songs, play games, and work together on short research projects to further understand how their developing knowledge of Roman culture applies to their own lives.
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