Living Latin Online High School is an intensive online Latin experience designed to improve high school students’ Latin reading ability by introducing them to the use of Latin as an active, spoken language. Second language acquisition research has proven that speaking and writing a language dramatically increases a student’s reading ability and familiarity with vocabulary and grammar. But Latin has traditionally been taught as a dead, read language. This program changes that, taking advantage of state-of-the-art curriculum materials, innovative pedagogy, and Latin-speaking experts to activate students’ Latin. Living Latin Online High School is a great way for Latin students to supercharge their Latin over the summer in preparation for advanced courses, standardized tests, or entering college.
This course aims to deepen the comprehension and fluency of advanced High School Latin students with an intermediate to advanced proficiency with a combination of an active conversational approach to language learning and advanced texts. Students should have completed three or more years of high school Latin and possess a knowledge of both core vocabulary and advanced grammar, including passive voice and subjunctive mood. In the course, students will read and discuss complex texts, and improve their ease of speaking and composing through engaging activities.
Laurie Duncan has instructed learners from the age of 8 to 80 in Latin for over fifteen years. After earning a Bachelor's in Classics at the University of Virginia, she has worked as a classroom teacher, private tutor, and consultant. Laurie studied twice with Fr. Reginald Foster and has attended multiple conventicula. These experiences prompted her to obtain a Master's degree in Education, focused on language pedagogy. Her interests beyond conversational Latin include Roman epitaphs, ancient portraiture, the history of education, and Gregorian chant. When not teaching, Laurie enjoys hiking, kayaking, writing, and visiting archaeological sites. Laurie was a teacher for LLiRHS in the summer of 2022.