Iunioribus Sub Arboribus

An Accelerated Latin On-Ramp for Middle and High School students

Mondays through Thursdays, July 5 – 29, 2021, 9:30-11:30 am Central Time
Tuition $500. Registration Deadline July 2, 2021

This course, simply put, is an accelerated in-ramp for students of Latin. The idea is to launch students quickly into their study of Latin without sacrificing rigor. Over the course of 4 weeks, students will gain working facility with all 5 Latin declensions and the entire verbal system, as well as the most uses of the cases and the most frequently used subordinate clauses. In most programs, this comprises the first two years or more of Latin study.

As a result, this class is a great way for a student to get caught up to a program at school, or to jump ahead in the Latin curriculum, or just to begin their Latin study at a faster pace than traditional instruction allows. And for experienced students still struggling with the fundamentals, this course can right the ship and give them a firm foundation.

But is it really possible to learn so much in such a short time and retain it? It absolutely is, for at each step memorization is based in the principles of word formation (which give the student the ability to generate forms they cannot otherwise remember) and reinforced by seeing the forms and grammar deployed in the context of real, idiomatic Latin sentences. Only take note: what is learned quickly is lost quickly if it is not practiced: this course should only be taken by students who will continue their Latin studies in the Fall, or what they learn will not take root in their long term memory.

Fun and effective, Iunioribus Sub Arboribus is a powerful tool for kicking off or strengthen a student’s Latin study.

Junius has such a robust understanding of the language, and his passion is contagious. His approach invites parents, educators, and students to re-imagine how they think about Latin, moving from merely transactional to experiential. He’s also not afraid to address many of the “why” questions that all too often go unanswered. Highly recommend!

Nicole Howe, Director, Classical Conversations

Junius Johnson is one of the best professors I have ever encountered. He is deeply knowledgable and qualified, but also uses humor and a sense of play to foster a collaborative and engaging learning environment — all while pushing his students to do and be their best. He equipped me with the essential skills of nuanced Latin translation, and perhaps just as importantly instilled in me a love for the language and appreciation for its historical development and contexts. More than a decade after studying with him, I continue to benefit from Professor Johnson’s instruction and in fact am currently translating a ninth-century text for publication.

Jennifer Awes Freeman, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Theology and the Arts at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

Simply put, Junius Johnson is the best Latin teacher I have ever experienced in my many years of supervising education.  He is a true scholar of the Latin language from the classical period to the neo- Latin present; he has success teaching every age and skill level.  Junius is compassionate with those who are less gifted than he, but still manages to stretch his students in a friendly and inviting manner.   I wholeheartedly recommend him to you as your teacher.  Trust me, the encounter will be memorable.

Jonathan Beeson, Pre-K-12th Grade School Administrator

About the Instructor
Dr. Junius Johnson (PhD, Yale University) is internationally recognized as a leading Latinist and a dynamic teacher. An accomplished linguist proficient in twelve languages, Dr. Johnson studied Latin at the Vatican with the late Fr. Reginald Foster, architect of many of the Vatican’s Latin documents in the second half of the twentieth century and widely regarded as one of the greatest modern Latinists. As a Lecturer in Ecclesiastical Latin at the masters and doctoral level at Yale University for nearly a decade, Dr. Johnson’s former students include some of the brightest and most accomplished young scholars working today. His translations have appeared in books by Yale University Press and numerous scholarly journals, have been set to music, and have even been used in Hollywood. He is the author of four books, including Bonaventure On The Eucharist: Commentary on the Sentences, Book IV,dist. 8-13, (Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations 23, Louvain: Peeters Press, 2017), an English translation of an important Medieval theological text.

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