Latin Acceleration

How We Can Come Alongside Your Students

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 thru 12th grade School Administrator

As teachers, parents, and heads of school, we encounter a variety of students with differing relations to Latin. In some cases, an incoming student is not prepared to join his or her peers in the age appropriate Latin class; sometimes there is a student who struggles to understand Latin grammar, or another student who is not having difficulty, but just isn’t that interested or inspired. And nearly every student would benefit from taking a step back and looking at the language from a different perspective, outside of the weeds of the daily grind of memorization and quizzes.

We have developed curricula designed to help students progress through the many challenges that Latin study presents, but not all of our choices are able to be made on the basis of what is ideal for a proper vision of the language: external factors such as limited time in the classroom, national exams, even the progression of the curriculum within in our school often intervene to dictate that we teach in a certain way. These things each have their place, and are not bad, but the result is sometimes that some things that should not get lost do in fact get lost.

In this video, I lay out the principles of my pedagogical method. In the process, I address a couple of things that I think fall into this category: things that wind up on the side of the road along the way, that could in fact be a great help to our students if we could pick them up again. And because I know that you are often locked in to what you are doing by the types of constraints mentioned above, I show you how I can come alongside you with the various programs I offer, supplementing what you are doing in your classroom, or what your child is doing in their existing curriculum. In the end, I hope that you will be encouraged in your own teaching and curriculum development, and also feel that you have additional resources to bring to bear to promote positive and even exceptional student outcomes.

Augustine’s words directed to God are words I could direct to Latin: “Late have I loved thee!” I was not always in love with this language, and I certainly was not always good at it. That is a pedagogical advantage: I understand what it’s like to see the language as an insurmountable chore, and I can remember what helped to get me past that roadblock. Now I am able to bring more than 20 years experience teaching Latin at every level from elementary to graduate school, combined with years of experience as Latin reader and translator, to the task of motivating and accelerating your students.

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Here is what some former students and parents have said about my programs:

This webinar made me excited about Latin again! 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

The Latin Acceleration session was really helpful. It’s half inspirational and half informational. Junius has a variety of Latin programs, across all ages and levels. So it was useful to get a thorough look at his different courses, and get a glimpse of his pedagogical approach. If you’re considering his programs for your children, your students, or yourself, this is a great place to start.

Rachel, Upper School Latin Teacher

[Unlocking Latin] helps to situate Latin as a language within the broader culture of the Romans, and also to contrast it to our own. It explained why Latin is written the way it is, and helped me to see how to start deconstructing complex sentences in order to better translate them.

Robin

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

Cole

With humor, intelligent discussion, and deep insights, Junius Johnson gives you more than an overview or introduction to Latin, he inspires you to keep learning hard things while giving you a vision and much fuller picture of Latin.

Diana

Latin Boot Camp 1 was so fun! Mr. Junius used gloriously fun activities to explain concepts applying not just to Latin but to all of language. He broadened my conception of language as a whole. Latin Boot Camp was engaging and entertaining; it has made me eager not just to learn Latin, but to explore it as a wonderful adventure land.

Katie

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.

Dr. Johnson also has extensive experience teaching children, having worked in both public schools and private schools. He has also tutored students of all ages. He is passionate about helping students discover the joys of Latin and equipping them to succeed in its study.

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