The Department of Classics offered The Intensive Latin Workshop during Summer Semester 2015 (May 11 to July 31) for 12 credits. The Workshop will again be offered during Summer 2017.
The Intensive Latin Workshop covers the equivalent material of five courses (a total of 19 credit hours): Latin 1101, 1102, 1103, and two Latin reading courses at the 2000-level.
The Workshop meets daily from 9:00-12:00 and from 1:00-4:00, and covers all Latin Grammar needed to read classical and medieval authors in the first five weeks; the latter five weeks are spent reading Vergil, Cicero and Ovid and a selection of other authors will be selected according to student interest.
The Workshop requires a full-time commitment from both the teachers and the students. Typically there are two to four hours of homework every day, a quiz every morning and a three hour exam every Monday. During the first half of the term, the emphasisl falls on the memorization of forms and on learning and applying the basic rules of Latin syntax and grammar. Morning classes begin with a quiz and then go over the exercises for the previous evening; afternoon classes introduce new forms and basic grammatical concepts in a lecture. Staff are available for office hours before, during and after the workshop and students are able to call instructors at home if there are difficulties with any of the evening assignments. The Department of Classics houses the Latin Pages, which includes resources developed specifically for the Latin Workshop as well as interactive pages for help in memorization of forms and rules. Instructors are committed to helping students learn to read and use Latin in a very short time and will do all they can to make this possible. It is NOT recommended that students hold down jobs or have other significant commitments during the Workshop.
During the second five weeks, the class reads selections from major writers of the Classical and Medieval periods. Vergil, Cicero and Ovid are the assigned authors; instructors try to meet the interests and needs of students in segments devoted to other selections (e.g. Augustine, Medieval or Renaissance Latin).