You should have completed the equivalent of three semesters of Latin.
Continue to learn and read Latin—the same Latin the Ancient Romans spoke!
The text we will be using is Latin for Americans: Book II, by Ullman, et. al, published in 1997 by Glenco/McGraw-Hill, 8th edition. I have chosen this book because it moves at a reasonable speed, and the units are designed to teach you about Roman culture, history, and mythology through the translations and exercises. As you translate, pay attention to the information as well as to the language structure.
The biggest key to studying Latin is to set aside some time every day to study and to review. I recommend at least twenty minutes per day of review, even if you choose to take the course slowly. The more you study and review, the more you will remember. Practice conjugating and declining every day. Repetition is important. Some people say it takes at least a thousand mistakes to begin to learn a language.
The key is to discover, correct, and learn from your errors. Remember, “Practice makes permanent.” Whatever you practice is what you will remember. Always remember to check for errors before you memorize something. It is also a good idea to check periodically to be sure you have remembered correctly.
To help you review, look at the appendix in the back of your textbook. Here, you will find the declensions, conjugations, etc., that you have already learned, as well as some you have yet to learn. Review the appendix before you begin this semester of study, and continue to use it throughout this semester of study to help you clarify ideas and concepts.
There are eight unit quizzes, each worth nine percent of your final grade. You will submit these assignments at the end of each unit. Each unit quiz is multiple choice. The results will be returned to you very quickly. To succeed on unit quizzes, be sure to answer the question in your mind or on scratch paper before you look at your multiple-choice options. This way, you give your honest answer rather than just guessing.
There will be a final exam at the end of the course that consists of 85 matching and multipe-choice questions. The final exam is worth 28 percent of your final grade. It is closed book and closed notes. The questions on the final will be like the questions on your unit quizzes. If you understand the concepts tested on the unit quizzes and you can answer all of the unit quizzes correctly, you will do very well on the final.
Your grade will be weighted as follows:
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1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass with at least a 60 percent to earn credit for the course.
You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension.
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