New US Latin course includes spoken Latin

Enthusiasts for using Latin as a living language may find tips in a new American course, Latin for the New Millennium.

A generous sample is on line in Portable Document Format (pdf) and page 41, for example, gives phrases for classroom use. Each chapter that I have looked at has some adapted ‘real’ Latin (Plautus and Terence feature early on – Like Father Foster, the authors like the ‘living’ feel of comedy) and, after the grammar and exercises, a classroom dialogue or useful phrases.

Because of the American case order, inter alia, this course is not an option in the UK, but teachers might pick up useful ideas from it.

They might balk at the price – $75 for the student text and an extra $22 for the workbook… But, as I say, there’s a generous sample on line.

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