Our teaching follows an active, natural approach. From the very first moment the professor speaks in Latin or Greek with the students and asks them to respond to questions using the same language. We prioritize vocabulary acquisition and oral fluency. Grammar is assimilated in a natural way through conversational exercises in the same way grammar is internalized while learning modern languages. We use texts based on active learning as well as our own materials such as audio recordings, video lessons and workbooks.
In the beginning course we go through the first 14 chapters of FAMILIA ROMANA as well as COLLOQVIA PERSONARVM, a book of complementary readings. During classes a constant dialogue is maintained in Latin between professor and student so that the language is assimilated in the most effective way possible--that is, through use--vocabulary and the language’s basic grammar, especially the declination of nouns, adjectives and pronouns and the conjugation of the indicative and the imperative. The course length varies according to each student’s capacity and motivation, but on average is completed in around 30 hour-an-a-half sessions.
We begin by studying Professor Mario Díaz Ávila’s adaptation of W.H.D. Rouse’s classic method ALEXANDROS (A Greek boy at home), which is complemented by Professor Santiago Carbonell’s manual of active practice exercises DIALOGOS. Once we’ve established the morphological bases of the Attic dialect we will start the reading and commentary of, all the while employing Greek as the language of communication, adapted mythological narrations, which will serve as an excellent bridge between the prepared texts and the most accessible classic authors, beginning with the reading of the Gospels and the Psalms, following the Byzantine didactic traditions. Once we have arrived at this point the preferences and tastes of each student shall decide which authors and epochs to read and comment on.
In the Latin classes we use the books from the series LINGVA LATINA PER SE ILLVSTRATA by Professor Hans Henning Ørberg, recognized worldwide as one of the best and most efficient methods for teaching Latin. It is a course written entirely in Latin based on the contextual inductive method in which each new word or grammatical concept can be deduced from the context. The student that successfully completes the 56 chapters in the series is well prepared to fluently communicate in Latin and to comfortably read the great authors of Latin literature.
In the intermediate course, we work our way through chapters 15-24 of FAMILIA ROMANA in addition to continuing with the book of complementary readings COLLOQVIA PERSONARVM. The methodology based on the active use of the language continues to be fundamental. Throughout this course we pay special attention to the morphology of the verb: indicative tenses, deponent verbs, sentences using both the infinitive and participles. The course typically takes about 30 hour-and-a-half sessions.
We are open to our students’ suggestions in our Greek course, being able to work from the most important authors (Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, ancient lyricists, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Xenophon, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic lyric poetry, Plutarch, Lucian and others) to works from the church fathers and from the Byzantine period such as the “Alexiad” by Anna Komnene. Following the Byzantine pedagogical model, we use the living form of Greek and its historic pronunciation, not the Erasmian.
Our methodology for teaching classical Greek is inspired by Byzantine scholastic traditions. This methodology allows the student to have a complete vision of the language’s evolution from classical times through our own. We use the ALEXANDROS series as our initial text, an adaptation by Mario Díaz Ávila of W.H.D. Rouse’s classic work A Greek boy at home. The student gradually assimilates the differences between the modern and classical forms of the language until becoming able to read and enjoy Greek classics in their original form.
Our experience working for years with the series LINGVA LATINA PER SE ILLVSTRATA has shown us that the last 11 chapters in the book FAMILIA ROMANA require much more effort and attention than the previous 24 if one does not wish to fail when continuing with the second part of the method. Therefore we have prepared a study plan for this advanced level in which we accompany each chapter with complementary readings of mythological fables in Latin specially prepared to work on the most important grammatical aspects of these chapters: the use of the subjunctive, conditional sentences, the supine, the gerund and the gerundive, the different types of subordinate phrases, etc. The objective is that upon finishing the course the student not only understands these concepts, but is able to actively use them in a real and effective way both conversationally and in writing, so that he or she will be perfectly positioned to begin the advanced course of study. This course is expected to last about 60 hour-and-a-half sessions, although it can vary depending on each student’s needs.
For advanced students we offer special courses dedicated to Christian authors. We study the following works and authors: the Vulgate Bible, the Septuagint and the Greek New Testament, the Apostolic Fathers and Apologists, the Acts of the martyrs, Saint Jerome, Saint Augustine and Saint Isidore of Seville. Classes are given entirely in Latin or modern Greek in keeping with the pedagogical model inherited from the Byzantine tradition.
Classes are given via Skype. The only things needed are a high-speed internet connection (HDSL or fiber-optic) and a computer with a microphone. Most students who have never used a videoconference program learn how to use it in a few minutes. Normally by the third class they feel so comfortable that they forget the professor is not in their house. It is important to use equipment that is neither too old nor too small; tablets or mini-computers are not powerful enough to give an acceptable class, especially a group class.
Upon completion of the Advanced Latin course, we embark on the captivating journey with our students to explore the great authors of Latin literature in their original tongue. We immerse ourselves deeply in the second volume of Ørberg’s method: ROMA AETERNA, interweaving this study with readings from the anthology of Latin authors edited by the master. We adapt this course’s scheduling to each student’s preferences and interests. Classes consist of a continuous dialogue between professor, student and the classics, through which we learn not only to enjoy and understand the authors in their original tongue but also to listen to their voice, ideas, histories and poetry and to think and dialogue with them in the same language.
Among the authors we read are Eutropius, Caesar, Virgil, Ovid, Livy, Catullus, Cato, Plautus, Phaedrus, Saint Gerome, Nepos, Horace, Aulus Gellius, Martial, Pliny, Cicero and Sallust.
This course is intended for young students from 11 to 15 years of age. The approach is entirely active and engaging. We use a variety of texts -Minimus, Ecce Romani, Familia Romana- prioritizing conversation and Latin culture, history and civilization. The course is not only designed to be an introduction to active Latin, but also serves as an interdisciplinary reinforcement for the betterment of logical thought and comprehension of grammatical categories through the study of rudimentary Latin syntax. This course will also improve the students’ knowledge of history, art and literature and will increase vocabulary via the study of Latin (and Greek) roots found in modern vernacular. This is the only one of our courses in which the language of instruction is not Latin or Greek, but instead is given in the student’s mother tongue (Spanish, English or French).
Individuals classes meet at least once a week for 1h at a rate of 30€ per session. Discounts are available for classes that are scheduled to occur more frequently than once a week, or for setting up monthly or trimester payment plans.
These Latin classes are paid monthly and the rate is independent of the number of sessions (which are 4 or 5 depending on the month). The price for the monthly rate is 60€. Payments for classes which students do not attend for their own reasons are not refunded, but recordings are made of the classes so that these may be viewed later. The max number of students per group is three. Each small-group class session lasts 1-½ hour.
The price for individual Greek Classes is 30€ for 1-hour sessions or 45€ for 1-½ hour sessions.
We offer substantial discounts for those who wish to pay by the trimester or who set up more than one session a week. For example: a student who schedules 6 weekly sessions and pays on a trimester basis will pay 1800€ for the trimester (in which case the 1 hour session comes to 20€). For more details about trimester payments or for scheduling more than one session a week, write us and tell us about your case and we will send you a bid.
Latin class for children and homeschoolers (from 11 to 16 years of age) are paid monthly independently of the number of sessions (which are 4 or 5 depending on the month). The price for the monthly rate is 40€. Payments for classes which students do not attend for their own reasons are not refunded, but recordings are made of the classes so that these may be viewed later. The max number of students per group is three. Each class session for children lasts 1 hour.
These are offered in individual classes. The prices are the same as for the Latin and Greek sessions. Discounts are also possible for those paying on a trimester basis or for classes that are scheduled for more than one session a week.
Students enrolled in any of our courses have exclusive access to our interactive Latin exercises.
This is an online resource with more than four thousand effective exercises that review the vocabulary and grammar learned in the classes.
The EXERCITAMENTA have been carefully written and worked on to serve as a pleasant and suitable complement to the study of maestro Ørberg’s FAMILIA ROMANA and ROMA AETERNA texts. There are also more than nine hundred exercises to work through the complementary book of readings FABVLAE SYRAE.
The exercises are programmed in a very simple format which lets them be utilized on different platforms, including mobile telephones, and are therefore an ideal medium through which to review one’s Latin knowledge anywhere and at any time.
CLASSICS AT HOME presents our radio webcast LINGVA LATINA NOSTRA QVOTIDIANA, five minutes of free Latin class for all the Spanish speakers across the world. It is a radio-style emission to orient and motivate autodidact students who are working with the method LINGVA LATINA PER SE ILLVSTRATA. Besides tips and tricks designed for the student to derive the most benefit from the method, the program offers exercises to review vocabulary and vowel length with macrons and to develop oral agility in spoken Latin.
The Beginning Level written and presented by professor C. M. Aguirre is a great opportunity for Spanish language learners who are also interested in Latin and Greco-Roman Culture.
The Intermediate Level currently on the air is written and presenteds by Miriam Montero and is almost entirely in Latin, so it can be followed by students of any nationality.