Understanding the Study of Latin

Empowering Your Child’s Study

Friday, June 11, 2021, 12:00 pm Central Time
Registration free, video available to all registrants

What would it take to empower your child’s study of Latin? For you to be able to confidently offer advice and encouragement as a parent, and to have resources to send them to when they need help getting unstuck?

The study of Latin isn’t like the study of math or literature. It isn’t even very much like the study of French or Spanish. In fact, that may be precisely why your child is studying Latin: because, as an ancient inflected language, it brings dynamics into play that one doesn’t get with easier modern languages.

That means that the study itself is worth some attention, so that we can determine what aspects will be important for success. How important is vocabulary compared to charts of verb forms? How important are the other grammar points, like the uses of the cases? Sure, it’s all important, but which ones need more attention, and does that change over the course of learning the language? Where does one go to find the answers?

In this session I want to lay out what the elements of Latin are, make some suggestions about their relative importance, and help you to understand the obstacles your child will face as they progress in their study of Latin. I will tell you how to find help when you need it, and help you to move from being supportive of their Latin study to being helpful to it. Finally, and importantly, I will answer whatever questions you have about study methods, content, pedagogical alternatives, etc.: whatever is on your mind.

This free session will be taught live over Zoom, and the recording will be made available to all who register.

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.


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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