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A new, free Latin course will be offered online starting on October 6.

The course, run by Diana Poskrop, is part of the online LatinStudy groups.

The groups describe themselves as:

"LatinStudy is an open mailing list dedicated to the study of Latin, including Classical, Medieval, and Neo-Latin authors. Both beginners and experienced Latinists will find something of interest here."

Here is information about the new group, sent out by the group leader:

Name: Lux ("light")
Hostess: Diana Poskrop
When: Thursday, October 6, 2011
No RSVP needed, but BYOA (Bring Your Own Assignment).
Togas are optional.

The e-mail with the first assignments will be sent to LatinStudy by October 6, and due Oct. 13. All assignments will include templates that you can copy and paste, so don't worry about formatting yet.

Each week, the assignment will be:

(1) to read a section of a capitulum ("chapter") from "Familia Romana" (FR); and
(2) to write, and send to me, exercises from FR's workbook, "Exercitia Latina I" (EL).

Both texts are part of Hans H. Oerberg's Lingua Latina series.

For most of the exercises, you need to write only the missing word(s) or ending(s). One or two may require phrases, and there'll be some open questions.

As with learning any language, it's far better to spend, say, 15 or 20 minutes a day on Latin, rather than scribbling frantically for a couple of hours on the day that the assignment is due (though we've all been there!).

If you find that the written assignments are taking up too much time, please tell me! Don't drop the group for that reason. The exercises can be shortened. Also, partial assignments are fine. There are no grades here :-)

By cap. 14, we'll begin to spend 3 weeks on each capitulum. However, we can start before then. Let me know at any point you feel you need more time, and we'll discuss it. This is YOUR group!

By the way, cap. 1 includes many geographical names. The only ones you need
to remember are the few country names, "Roma," and "Tusculum."


** Required **

_Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, Pars I: Familia Romana_ by Hans H. Oerberg (sometimes spelled "Orberg")
ISBN: 978-1585104208

This is the latest edition, but any one from the 1980s on is fine.
It's also available on CD-ROM for Windows and Mac. See the publisher's website below for details.

_Exercitia Latina I_
by Hans H. Oerberg
ISBN: 978-1585102129

** Not Required **

There's also a Latin-English vocabulary list that will come in handy that you can download for free or buy as a booklet for $5. See the publisher's website.

If you'd like to see what grammar is being covered in each capitulum, with explanations, you might be interested in:

_Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Latine Disco: Student's Manual_ by Hans H. Oerberg
ISBN: 978-1585100507

If you'd like something much more detailed, check out:

_Lingua Latina: A College Companion_
by Jeanne Marie Neumann
ISBN: 978-1585101917


Lingua Latina series (publisher):


Questions, comments, and suggestions are welcome at any time!

The textbook is available at for under $10, as well as from the publisher and multiple other places. An older version of the book is also acceptable for the course. The book is not available through the Mankato Public Library.




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