The overall purposes and objectives of the Latin program are that, having grasped an understanding of noun case and verb tense and having built a substantial vocabulary word bank, students will be able to correctly translate basic Latin as presented in their text. Students will appreciate the fact that Latin provides the basis of other foreign languages they will study in the future. Further, students will gain an understanding of the culture of the Latin/Roman world.
The following materials and technological aids are used as appropriate in the instruction of Latin: Ecce Romani I (student text, Student Activity Book, and Teacher’s Guide); media (CDs/other) provide presentations of a cultural/historical nature; flash cards (vocabulary); chalkboard; (translating, instruction in grammar); and charts (noun case, verb tense). Chapter resources and blackline masters are also provided through the web site provided by the publisher of the text.
A major strength in the Latin program is that students realize that basic Latin and English grammar mirror each other, which facilitates learning in both areas. The study of Latin also lays the foundation for future studies in foreign language as well as an increased understanding and acceptance of cultural differences. Vocabulary is also enhanced.