Latinitas

"If we could be reborn wherever we chose, how crowded Rome would be."

Francine Prose

Omnia Latine Dici Potest

"Everything is able to be said in Latin." This was one of the things I heard frequently from Fr. Reginald Foster, with whom I had the pleasure of studying Latin at the Vatican.

My study of Latin began as a very pragmatic need: as someone working in Medieval theology, I needed to be able to read Latin in order to access primary texts. Latin was to me no more than a means to an end, a necessary tool. Not surprisingly, I found it difficult, annoying, and frustrating. But I couldn’t give up, unless I also wanted to give up my scholarly specialty.

Fortunately, I didn’t stay there. What changed for me was that I stopped seeing the language only as a tool or a means; I became interested in it for its own sake, began to see the beauty in it, and thus to love it apart from what it could do for me. In Rome, the eternal city, studying under one of the great Latinists of our time (and probably all time), I encountered the language on its own terms, and it transformed how I thought about it. On the strength of this new vision of Latin, I became not just proficient, but gained a reputation among my peers as a top Latinist, often sought to consult on difficult issues of translation.

Since then, I have taught Latin to hundreds of students of all ages, and seen that same transformation that unlocked the language for me do so for them. This is what I offer those who come to study with me: not just top-notch Latin instruction, but a vision for the language that brings your goals within your reach, and turns the study of Latin from a duty into a joy.

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Courses for Young Learners

These courses, designed for students ages 10-18, help to inspire a love of Latin and a strong understanding of how it works. From 1 week Boot Camps that inject new life into a student's study to our month long summer intensive, we have something for every sort of learner.

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Courses for Adults

Whether you are the parent of a child studying Latin who wants to learn the basics in order to be more helpful, a teacher or scholar looking for continuing ed to strengthen your Latin reading ability, or just ready to finally learn Latin from the ground up, you'll find courses to help you meet your Latin goals here.

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Soundings Video Series

I have honed lots of thoughts and insights over the course of my study of 12 languages. This series of videos draws from this experience, exploring fundamental concepts in language learning, pedagogy, and philosophy.

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Courses for Young Learners (ages 10-18)

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Latin Boot Camps

One week courses designed to aid students ages 10-18 in their study of Latin by transforming the way they view the language.

Tuition: $120, $75 for parent or teacher auditor

Meets Daily for 1 week

Iunioribus Sub Arboribus

Intensive one month introduction to Latin for ages 10-18, perfect for catching up to a school program or starting strong in Latin study.

Tuition: $500

Mondays through Thursdays for 4 weeks in the summer

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Courses for Adults

Latin Fundamentals for Parents

This 4 week course will give you what you need to understand your child's Latin study and help them progress.

Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00 pm Central Time
October 5 - 26, 2021

Tuition: $100

Meets weekly for 4 weeks

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Intensive Latin I & II

Learn Latin in two 10 week courses. Ages 18+

Intensive Latin I: July 5 - September 6, 2021
Intensive Latin II: September 27 - December 9, 2021

Tuition: $600 per course, or $1000 for both

Each class meets 2 evenings per week for 10 weeks

Sub Arboribus

This course, for intermediate and advanced students ages 18+, unites theory and practice to develop the skills necessary to read the most difficult Latin from all periods of the language.

Tuition: $500

Meets Monday through Thursday for 4 weeks in the summer

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Special Events, Videos, and Resources

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Colloquia Latinitatis

Free evening sessions and recordings on aspects of Latin teaching and learning.

Soundings Video Series

As a student, researcher, and teacher with working competency in 12 languagse, I have thought a lot about language, how it works, and how one should teach it. In this video series, I try to distill some key elements of this philosophy of language in short, digestible pieces. At times lofty and at times practical, this videos sound the depths of language and offer insight for the learner and enthusiast alike.

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More About Our Classes

Latin is Alive

While there may not be native speakers of Latin any more, that doesn't mean that it is dead. We aim to connect students to the humanity of Latin, enriching their learning by connecting to the Latin way of looking at the world.

Real Latin Texts

Our commitment to primary texts is present here also: we bring in real Latin as early and often as possible so that students can begin to develop a feel for the language on its own terms.

Small Class Sizes

A small teacher-student ratio means that you will get individualized attention and that there will always be room for your questions and ideas in the discussion.

Rigorous Engagement with Grammar

Some believe that a rigorous engagement with grammar impedes experiencing Latin as a vibrant, living language. We think it is possible to have both, and the latter is important for developing the skills required to excel on national tests and to read the most difficult texts in Latin.

Experience-Based Instruction

Through Dr. Johnson, students have access to well-developed intuitions about the language formed over many hours of Latin conversation and thousands of pages of Latin text.

Synchronous Instruction

Classes are taught live, and there is ample opportunity to ask questions about things that are confusing or unclear.

Video Make-up

Classes are recorded, so if you have to miss a session for a schedule conflict or outside need, you can watch the video to get caught up.

Affordable

You will find our class prices aggressively competitive with comparable instruction. And because we know that even these prices are not accessible to all, we also offer payment arrangements and financial aid.

Generous Refund Policy

Sometimes in life, things change. We've got you covered with a refund policy that offers you a full refund through the end of the first class, and a tiered structure after that, so that you can register with confidence.

Fun and Respectful Classroom

We inject humor into our classes, modeling the fact that learning is fun. And yet this is never at the expense of anyone, and your voice and value will be protected and nurtured at all times.

Experienced Instruction

Dr. Johnson has taught for over 20 years in a variety of settings, from public schools to Ivy League universities.  He brings years of thinking about the craft of teaching and the deft touch of a practiced hand to every class he teaches.

Elite Qualifications

Dr. Johnson has published 4 books and numerous scholarly and popular articles, received 4 master's degrees and a PhD from Yale, and lectured around the country in top universities and at various conferences. He studied Latin at Yale and the Vatican, and his translations have been published, set to music, and used in Hollywood.

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