Latin Fundamentals for Parents

Get in the Game Helping Your Kids with Their Latin

Next Offering: Tuesdays, July 6-27, 2021, 7:30-9:00 pm Central time
Tuition $90 per student
Registration closes July 2, 2021

One of the things I hear most from parents whose kids are receiving a classical education is “I wish I had had an education like that.” One place where this difference can really make itself know is your child’s Latin study. Maybe you studied Latin so long ago that you’ve forgotten nearly everything; maybe you never studied Latin at all. But now you are in the position of needing to answer your child’s questions about their Latin homework, or worse yet, you are trying to lead them through a curriculum, and are fighting to stay a chapter ahead of them amidst your own busy schedule. Wouldn’t it be great to get the sort of solid grounding in Latin that would enable you to answer their questions with confidence, and even discuss with them their favorite parts of the language?

This course is designed for you. You don’t have time to learn Latin, but it feels like your kids are going further and further into a world you cannot follow. This 4 week course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of Latin as concepts, such that you don’t have to do the memorization work, but can understand why it is important that your child do his or her memorization. In just one month, you can show up to help your kid with their Latin questions much more confidently and competently.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

Week One: Introduction to Latin (brief biography of the language, pronunciation, study Dos and Don’ts)
Week Two: The declensional system (nouns and adjectives)
Week Three: The verbal system (conjugations, passives, imperatives, subjunctives)
Week Four: Basic syntax (word order, uses of the cases, subordinate clauses)

You’ll also come away with charts showing all of the noun/adjective forms and all of the verb forms, color coded to help with identification of the parts that make them up. These will be handy in correcting student work, and for your own understanding.

And, if you still harbor hopes of learning Latin one day (which I commend!), this course will give you an excellent head-start on that journey.

So sign up today and take the next step in confidently helping or teaching your child!

“Junius Johnson is one of the best professors I have ever encountered. He is deeply knowledgeable 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-12 School Administrator

“Junius Johnson loves Latin and has an engaging way of presenting it to his students.”


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 master’s 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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