Classical education begins and ends with the classical languages. Students must become fluent in Latin and Greek if any “classical” learning is to be spoken of. In the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, we provide students with the opportunity to learn Latin and Greek as they were taught throughout history.
English Grammar Courses
- English Grammar I
Students learn the first part of Grammar–Orthography, or the rules for reading and spelling in English.
- English Grammar II
Students learn the second part of English Grammar: Etymology, or the rules of the parts of Speech. Students learn the characteristics of the nine English parts of speech and their forms.
- English Grammar III
Students learn the third part of English Grammar: Syntax, or the rules of sentence construction.
- English Grammar IV
Students learn the fourth part of English Grammar: Prosody, or the rules of accent, meter and poetry.
Latin Grammar Courses
Classical Grammar I
- Latin Grammar I
Latin Grammar begins with the study of the letters and sounds of the Latin language, the first of the four parts of Grammar. Our place in history and interest in both Classical and Ecclesiastical literature requires that we learn both forms of pronunciation. Once students become comfortable with the elements of the Latin language, we move to the study of the forms and functions of the eight parts of speech. Students memorize all of the declensions of nouns, pronouns, verbs and particles, along with the meanings and uses of adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections.
- Latin Vocabulary I
Students begin a systematic study of Latin vocabulary through the use of a popular “nomenclator” that leads them subject by subject through the world.
- Gospel of St. John
Unlike any other programs, the CLAA immerses students in the translation of real Latin from the very beginning of their Grammar studies. Students translate the Gospel of St. John, working through 5-10 verses per week.
- Aesop’s Fables
Study the famous fables, in Latin, as they were studied in classical Catholic schools of the past. Students are required to complete 36 fables for this course, but can continue through the rest as they desire.
Classical Grammar II
- Latin Grammar II
Having gains some mastery of Latin Orthography and Etymology, students move on to the study of the Latin rules of Construction, or Syntax. In this course, students learn how to truly form Latin sentences according to proper historical usage and precepts.
- Latin Vocabulary II
Students continue the systematic study of Latin vocabulary through the study of their Latin nomenclator and colloquies providing them with the vocabulary and expressions of real Latin discourse.
- Epistles of Cicero
After becoming comfortable in the reading of the Gospel of St. John, students move to a more complex form of Latin literature which demands greater knowledge of Latin Grammar. Epistles present the reader with only one side of conversations and give the students less context to work with in translation. This requires students to make interpretive decisions based on the options available in the language alone. The familiar epistles of the Roman philosopher Cicero provide the content for these studies.
Classical Grammar III
- Latin Grammar III
With the normal rules of construction known, students move to study the fourth and final part of Grammar: Prosody. In this course, students learn the principles of accent, meter, articulation and figures of speech needed for the mastery of the Latin language.
- Latin Vocabulary III
While student vocabulary shall have become quite broad by this point in their studies, students keep up the discipline of adding to their Latin vocabulary through developing colloquies and topical vocabulary studies.
- The Poetry of Vergil
The rules of prosody are examined in the greatest work of Roman literature, Vergil’s epic poem the Aeneid. Here, students are challenged to bring all of their grammatical knowledge to bear on the text to not only translate the lines, but also observe the qualities of Vergil’s verses.
Classical Grammar IV
Greek is studied following the same plan as Latin, only much more quickly as students already know the principles of classical Grammar and simply need to learn what’s peculiar to Greek.
- Greek Grammar I
Students learn the Greek alphabet and its pronunciation (Orthpgraphy) and the forms and functions of the Greek parts of speech.
- Greek Vocabulary I
Students study Greek vocabulary in the same systematic manner in which they learned Latin vocabulary. Students are pressed to not merely gain a Greek-English vocabulary, but a true classical vocabulary moving easily between Latin, Greek and English.
- Gospel of St. John
Students translate the Gospel of St. John in its original language, which is very easy as it matches the Latin text almost word-for-word. Students, again, learn to translate not only from Greek to English, but also from Greek to Latin and vice-versa.
If you have questions about Greek studies beyond Classical Grammar IV, please contact Mr. Michael.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: My husband and I do not know Latin or Greek. Will our children be able to handle the CLAA’s Grammar courses?
Answer: Yes. Face it, hardly any of the families using the CLAA program have had the privilege of studying the classical liberal arts. Like you, they are seeking something better for their children than they received themselves. At the same time, you cannot give what you do not have. The CLAA Grammar courses are written and taught so that students and parents with no background in classical languages can get along just fine–with hard work, of course.
Question: My child has already had one year of Latin using another program. Should he/she begin in Grammar I or II?
Answer: We have tried to admit students from other Latin programs into our higher level language courses and they simply were nowhere near being prepared for CLAA studies. No matter what program a child has studied in before ours, they will need to begin in Latin Grammar I.
Question: Is it necessary for my child to complete lessons online?
Answer: Yes. CLAA students are in touch with their instructors daily and we provide detailed assistance and immediate feedback online. On the other hand, every lesson is available in a printer-friendly format and can be studied away from the computer.
Question: What pronunciation is used in CLAA’s Grammar courses?
Answer: Our Grammar courses are intended to make students masters of language in general and the classical languages in particular. Therefore, we begin with classical Latin pronunciation, which was the reason for many of the rules in Latin, then quickly move to Ecclesiastical Latin since we are reading the Latin New Testament. We follow the principle that, for the sake of style, every writer ought to be read with the pronunciation he himself used since that is the pronunciation he intended his writing to be heard with.
Question: At what age should a child begin the CLAA’s Grammar I course?
Answer: We have students doing well from ages 6 through 15 in Latin Grammar I. Remember that Grammar is first in a series of classical liberal arts courses in our full classical study program, so the earlier the better. If a child is not yet able to work independently, a parent can assist with reading lessons, reciting memory work and completing online activities. The CLAA Petty School is intended for younger children being prepared for the CLAA.
Question: Will my children have help with pronunciation?
Answer: Yes. Our video prelections allow the child to listen to Latin and Greek readings as they are studied. Also, each Grammar lesson includes audio recordings which allow students to hear their Grammar rules recited. Students and parents have live support help available daily in the CLAA.
Question: When do students begin Greek?
Answer: In Latin Grammar I, students survey all of classical Grammar–focusing on Latin. In Latin Grammar II, students go deeper into Latin Grammar, translation and composition, and meanwhile begin the study of Greek. Because the system of Grammar used in Latin Grammar I is universal, students will move rapidly through Greek grammar since many of the principles are already known from Latin Grammar I.
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