Latin Summer Language Program
The Latin Summer Language Institute will help you to build the skills you need in order to read centuries’ worth of texts—from the Classical Period through late antiquity and into the Middle Ages—in all the glory of their original language. Learning Latin will also enhance your knowledge of English, facilitate access to the modern Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and others, which developed from Latin), and indeed help you to grasp the structure of language more generally.
The Latin SLI provides you with an intensive study of the Latin language. The program covers the equivalent of four semesters of college-level courses, and is designed either for students with no prior knowledge of Latin or those who wish to gain a more solid grounding in the fundamentals of the language. At the end of the program, you can expect to be able to read Latin on your own with the aid of a dictionary, and you will 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. During both halves of the program there will also be evening sessions, which will offer a review of the day’s material and provide opportunities for students to work one-on-one with an instructor.