The purpose of the course is to lead the students in the shortest possible time and with maximum efficiency to read the ancient, medieval, renaissance and modern Latin classics with simplicity, naturalness, and full understanding. The active use of the language, which the method foresees, is therefore a very effective means, but not the end that is proposed. The student will not have to decipher spelling individual words, nor will be called on to solve puzzles clinging to dictionary and grammar, but should be able to read, listen to and understand the message that the elders have left behind.
The course “Lingua latina per se illustrata” follows an inductive method. It starts from texts and contexts because they take the learner back to forms and constructions and learn words and phraseology. The morpho syntax, first inductively assimilated by the understanding of recurrent structures and reflection on them, is then presented systematically in an organized manner. Theory and practice proceed hand in hand for a more effective learning of the language. The method presupposes a strong active involvement of the student through reading, exercises of comprehension as well as oral and written presentation. The continuous narration, besides providing mnemonic support to learn words and construction clearly narrates the ancient Roman life. In the second part of the course the learner is introduced to the direct reading of Latin authors in their original texts. The basic text of the first part (Familia Romana) is a real ‘novel’ in Latin. The children follow the story of a Roman family of the second century AD: parents and children, masters and slaves, the Greek culture, school, army, medicine, commerce, agriculture, the games, etc. The language, initially very simple, paratactic structure, gradually goes on and gives way to an increasingly complex Latin. The text from the first page is self- explanatory, thanks to the context, notes in the margin, and images. Already in the first volume one reads excerpts from the gospels, from Catullus, Ovid, Martial, Donato. Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course: - Students will be able to read and understand the meaning of texts written in Latin. - Students will be able to construct sentences using the vocabulary and syntax learned in class. - Students will, orally and in writing, demonstrate fluency in reading and understanding Latin classics. - Students will be able to read and understand the Latin text of the Ordinary of the Mass and the Second Eucharistic Prayer of the Missale Romanum.
OERBERG HANS H., Lingua Latina per se illustrate. Pars 1: FAMILIA ROMANA, Edizioni Accademia (Roma, Vivarium Novum MMXI); COOSEMANS P.-H. JANSSENS-D. PIJLS-P. MAES-L MATHEUSEN-H. SELDESLACHTS-R VANDESSEL-A.VANGILBERGEN, Quaderno di esercizi per Lingua per se illustrata. Pars 1: FAMILIA ROMANA, Vol I, CAP. 1 XIX (Roma, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium Novum).