The legacies of ancient Greece and Rome are seen in our public architecture, our civic ideals and our popular entertainment.
The influence of antiquity also hides in plain sight; Latin and Greek vocabulary are the roots of many English words, particularly words that are three syllables or longer. In this 10-week course, students will learn the fundamentals of linguistics and how languages are connected, develop, and borrow from one another. A crash course in word building, Latin vocabulary, and the transliteration of ancient Greek, leads to topic-focused vocabulary sessions in which students practice their abilities to dissect and analyze words within a given field of study, including medicine, law, and astronomy. This course is designed to substantially improve students’ vocabulary, as well as provide the tools for quickly interpreting the meaning of new words.
Dates (no attendance requirement because not graded)
Week 1 – The History of English: Thursday, June 1st, 2:00-3:00pm
Week 2 – What is an Etymology: Wednesday, June 7th, 2:00-3:00pm
Week 3 – Latin Abbreviations, Phrases & Word Deconstruction: Wednesday, June 14th, 2-3
Week 4 – How Latin Works (nouns, verbs & adjectives) & Prefixes and Suffixes: Tues, June 20, 2-3pm AND Thurs, June 22, 2-3pm
Week 5: No meeting
Week 6 – How Greek Works: Wednesday, July 5th, 2-3pm
Week 7 – Topics: Medical Terminology & Anatomy: Wednesday, July 12, 2-3pm
Week 8 – Topics: Botany & Zoology: Wednesday July 19, 2-3pm
Week 9 – Topics: Astronomy & Psychology: Wednesday, July 26, 2-3pm
Week 10 – Topics: Law, Architecture & Arts: Wednesday, August 1, 2-3pm
Dates & Times
June 1 – August 1, 2023
2:00 – 3:00pm