Wittenberg Academy: Elementary Latin now offered

Wittenberg Academy, the world’s first online, classical Lutheran high school, has had a great response from our interview on Issues, Etc. One thing that came across loud and clear was that there are a great many families who are homeschooling who want to start more classical studies, especially Latin, in the primary grades.  So Wittenberg Academy has decided to open a course to meet this need: Elementary Latin.  That’s the great thing about an online, no-overhead, classical Lutheran School: we can turn on a dime! Here is the course description:

Elementary Latin I, II, & III
This series of courses (Michaelmas-Easter terms) is designed to offer elementary aged students an enjoyable and age appropriate  introduction to the Latin language. Elementary Latin is especially designed for families who are homeschooling in the primary grades or for Lutheran schools who wish to offer a Latin course in the primary grades. The textbook is Minimus: Starting Out In Latin.

A few details are yet to be worked out – but the cost for the course will be quite a bit less than the high school level courses. I’d love to see local parish schools take this course up as well (we are planning on using the recorded lectures in our parish school this fall); if you are interested, contact Mrs. Benson through the website and we will keep you informed as the course develops.



Wittenberg Academy: Elementary Latin now offered — 4 Comments

  1. Keep giving us information! This sounds like a great course for “uneducated” lay person type adults too!

  2. To deeply learn English, a relatively new language made up of other languages, one must study Latin and German, the two primary constituent languages that make up English. This will cause you to understand English words, not just know them. Now, two other languages couldn’t hurt. Much of the Latin came to English through French; and much of the German was influenced by Norse inflections and Norse loan words in English. In fact, some theorize that English is so little inflected because neither the Norse nor the Anglo-Saxons would use the other’s word endings, so they just dropped them almost entirely.

    I would recommend learning Low-German/Plattdeutsch, Dutch, Flemish, and Frisian (but let’s don’t get thilly). Except, one notes these are the closest to English and that Hamburg, Bremen, Luebeck, Kiel, and even Berlin are in the Low-German parts of Germany. And of the 16 German translations of the Bible before Luther, 3 were in Plattdeutsch.

    And now I’m afraid I’m going to have to get thilly and suggets learning Icelandic for the Norse bit. It’s a usable modern language that isn’t modern, so to speak. After German acquaintance with diacritics, learning what the Icelandic diacritic markings mean, plus the eth and the thorn, for pronunciation, is a snap or as my first Latin teacher taught me to say, it’s all duck soup from there.

    Now, don’t anyone get alarmed. Nobody has said a word about learning Greek, for heavens sake. Unless you are going to study med’cine, or the sciences, you probably won’t need it. But, without that extra bump from Greek, you’ll have a struggle with becoming a really first class Englishist. Just saying. It’s not like the Greek loan words in English don’t increase with every discovery or development of theories, or new technology. Sigh. Just consider this a listing for your favorite family language-compulsionist.

    Will you need any Celtic? No. Like everyone else the English just could learn any of it.

  3. PS We don’t talk about the “new spelling” of German and the loss of some of its best letters. We’re quite convinced if we just ignore it, it will go away.

    My first German professor was an elderly gentleman from Hamburg who taught us German from a book printed in the Fraktur script. Most of the time one really has no idea what letter, from one Fraktur font to another, a particular mass of squigglies may indicate. One simply has to know instinctively what the German word is, then in a backward process figure out what Fraktur letter it was.

    But the new spelling insanity is all a matter of the Roman alphabet and the few particularly German letters added (and now subtracted) from it. Just remember, we aren’t talking about it, paying no attention to it at all.

  4. Glad to hear it Pastor, and good luck!
    Da sapienti et addetur ei sapientia doce iustum et festinabit accipere. (Proverbs 9:9)

    Pax Christi+,
    -Matt Mills

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