Summer Latin

The Summer Language Institute is offering two levels of Latin in summer 2017:

Summer Intensive Introductory Latin

Dates Days and Times Credits Tuition and Fees Instructor(s)
June 19-August 11 M-F 9-12, 1-3 300 units $6,955 David Wray & Jonah Radding

Summer Intensive Introductory Latin offers a comprehensive introduction to Classical Latin language in eight weeks, using Keller and Russell's Learn to Read Latin. In daily classes, students learn new grammatical concepts and morphology, practice reading and translating increasingly complex Latin texts, and complete exercises in Latin to gain an active command of the language. Students will also read unadapted Latin from classical authors, including Caesar, Sallust, and Cicero. By the end of the summer Latin course, students will be thoroughly familiar with Latin idiom and sentence structure and will be able to proceed to reading courses in the language.

Summer Introductory Latin is an intensive course that requires a full-time commitment on the part of the student, meeting approximately 5 hours per day and demanding independent review and memorization in the evenings.

Summer Intensive Intermediate Latin

Dates Days and Times Credits Tuition and Fees Instructor(s)
June 19-July 28 M-F 9-11, 1-3 300 units $6,955 David Wray & David Orsbon

Summer Intermediate Latin combines extensive reading of texts with a comprehensive review of Classical grammar and syntax; it prepares students for advanced courses in Latin and for the use of Latin texts in the course of their research. Texts studied are taken from a variety of representative and important authors, which may include Cicero, Seneca, Pliny, and others. The backbone of the review sessions is Keller and Russell, Learn to Read Latin, with supplementary exercises in composition. The program meets during both mornings and afternoons for approximately five hours a day. Students are responsible for considerable amounts of class preparation during the evenings, requiring a full-time commitment for the duration of the course. Summer Intermediate Latin equips students to continue with advanced coursework or independent reading in Latin in all its varieties. Summer Intermediate Latin corresponds to a full year's worth of instruction at the University of Chicago.

Students who wish to take this course must have completed a textbook like that of Keller and Russell prior to taking this course; preferably they should have some experience beyond that in reading original texts. We will ask that all students who apply for Intermediate Latin complete an online placement test prior to being accepted into the course. If in doubt about the suitability of the course, or in order to consult about appropriate preparation before the start of the course, write to summerclassics@uchicago.edu.

High school students with extensive prior experience in Latin may be eligible to attend Summer Intermediate Latin, but should email summerclassics@uchicago.edu prior to registering to discuss whether this course is appropriate for them.