Latin Summer Language Program
The Latin Summer Language Institute helps you build the skills you need to access centuries’ worth of texts in their original language, both from the Classical Period and the Middle Ages. It will also enhance your knowledge of the English language itself, as well as facilitate your access to the numerous languages that developed from this ancient language.
The Latin SLI provides you with an intensive study of the Latin language. Designed for students with no previous knowledge of Latin, the program covers the equivalent of four semesters of college level courses. At the end of the program, you can expect to read Latin on your own with the aid of a dictionary, and you’ll have the knowledge and ability to succeed in advanced courses in Latin.
We welcome both undergraduate and graduate students to apply, as well as any other applicants with a desire to learn this unique and fascinating language. Students may choose to enroll for credit or non-credit, but all students will be expected to fully participate in all aspects of the program. Students who have mastered a full year of Introductory Latin (or its equivalent) may apply for enrollment in the second half of the program only (the equivalent of Latin 2010 and 2020 at UVA).
Pedagogy and Approach
The first half of the program introduces you to the basic grammar and vocabulary of the Latin language, providing the strong foundation needed to translate Latin texts. You’ll meet with your classmates as a group for introduction to new material and in smaller sections to go over drills, homework assignments and receive more individualized instruction.
The second half of the program focuses on translation of original Latin texts, primarily from the Classical period, in both poetry and prose. In addition, you’ll practice reading unprepared passages at sight, composing your own Latin, and reading poetry in meter. There will also be evening sessions during both halves of the program, which will offer both a review of the day’s material and provide opportunities for students to work one-on-one with an instructor.