Online Latin Course - A Latin Class for the Élite Student
Welcome to Our School!
Welcome to Our School!
Salvete, amici! Welcome to the website for the Carmenta Online Latin School, providing top students with the Web's most effective and comprehensive live Online Latin Course and Ancient Greek Course. Our Ancient Greek and Latin classes, utilizing crystal-clear Skype live audio/video, give you a learning experience incredibly close to that of a traditional brick-and-mortar classroom, except that our classes are taught by élite academics (most with PhDs in the Classics) and attended by top achievement-oriented students from around the world. It is our mission to bring together instructors and learners with a real enthusiasm for the Latin and Ancient Greek languages who, living all around the world, wouldn't otherwise have this opportunity.
Online Latin Course
Our fully-live Online Latin Course, which has the feel and effectiveness of the best in-person high school or university Latin courses, follows a regular three-sessions-a-week class schedule. With live, crystal-clear audio and video, teacher and pupils are all able to hear and see each other in real time and so communicate just as they would in an in-person class. This course, open to those ages 13 and up, gives students access to the world's best Latin teachers in the comfort of their own home or school, yet in an online classroom environment that allows for the immediate back-and-forth essential to long-term language learning.
Our Online Latin Course is exceptionally effective, with students not only scoring extremely well on the National Latin Exam but also (even more impressive) learning Latin with genuine fluency in only 4-6 years!
Latin Course Texts
Our Online Latin Course utilizes the popular and well-respected Wheelock's Latin text as well as the ancillary text A Workbook for Wheelock's Latin. We cover the complete Wheelock text in five semesters (Latin 1A-3A), fully preparing pupils for advanced reading and translation of classical and medieval Latin texts, either with one of our élite tutors or with another university-level classics program.
Full information on how to purchase the Wheelock texts is available on the Textbooks Page of our website.
Conversational Latin Classes
Our Latin Course is distinguished from the majority of high school and university Latin classes by its emphasis on actually speaking the Latin language. We have a dual approach to teaching Latin — not only do we rigorously teach grammar and the translation process, an essential component of learning any language effectively, but we also supplement this with consistent, in-depth practice in Latin Conversation. Beginning in the third semester of the course (Latin 2A), one class-day per week is devoted to Latin conversation, an aspect of the course that we have found to be not only tremendously enjoyable for the student but also essential for gaining a fluent and in-depth knowledge of the Latin language.
Latin Junior Class
In addition to our regular Latin Course (for those 13 and up), we also offer a special online class for students ages 6 to 13. Latin Junior meets three times per week and utilizes the fun and effective Lingua Latina text by Hans Örberg. Unlike our higher-level Latin Course, each student in this Latin class learns at his or her own pace, giving pupils who are not yet ready for the speed and rigor of our standard Latin Course an introduction to Latin and English grammar and vocabulary appropriate to their level. And when it comes time for these students to graduate to the regular Latin Course, they are well prepared for the challenge of more advanced work.
Online Ancient Greek Course
Our Ancient Greek Course is comparable to our Latin Course in length, pacing, and thoroughness. Like our Latin Course, the Ancient Greek Course meets three times per week in our fully-live audio/video Skype classroom. The course follows the well-organized and comprehensive Greek: An Intensive Course text by Hansen and Quinn. We cover the entire text in five semesters (Ancient Greek 1A-3A), preparing pupils fully for advanced reading and translation work in Attic, Homeric, and Koine (Biblical) Greek texts. No matter what the student's goals in taking Ancient Greek — whether to read and gain a greater appreciation of the Iliad and the Odyssey or the works of Plato and the great Greek playwrights, or alternately to gain an in-depth textual understanding of the New Testament — our course will give him or her the grounding in grammar and translation essential for achieving a full and fluent understanding of any Ancient Greek text.
Live Skype Online Classroom
All our classes are held in our live audio/video online classroom. Unlike many online courses, ours are not prerecorded or text-based but are held live at prescheduled times with the same live interaction found in a brick-and-mortar class. Students are called together as a group on Skype by their teacher at the start of each class, and they interact with the instructor and their classmates just as they would in an in-person class. Teacher and pupils are all able to see and hear each other in real time through their personal webcams, as well as to communicate textually through the instant messaging box and screensharing. Homework and completed tests are submitted to the instructor through email, and documents are distributed through online file transfer. The experience is essentially identical to that of a traditional classroom environment except that students and instructors attend class from the comfort and convenience of their own home, school, or office, and because geographical distance isn't an issue in an online class, our learners have access to top academics living all across America.
Classes Taught by Élite Academics
The professors who teach our Ancient Greek and Latin classes are all seasoned academics with degrees (the majority have or will soon have PhDs) from the most respected universities in America and Europe. Because your success is so important to us, we take great care in teacher hiring. In fact, every single one of our instructors not only has an impressive academic resume, in both teaching and publishing, but has also passed through our exceptionally rigorous hiring process, which includes a challenging mock online class. In the end, we hire only about 10% of all applicants, and though this obviously limits the size of our Faculty, it ensures that every single one of our teachers has cleared a very high bar for expertise, total experience, general teaching ability, and affability. There is no other online school we know of (and only a handful of top universities) with a Classics teaching staff of comparable quality, which we have achieved both because of the convenience of the online format (which eliminates the usual geographical barriers) and our teachers' genuine enthusiasm for our mission as a school — to teach hardworking, devoted Latin and Ancient Greek students in a small-class setting.
Our professors have degrees from:
- The Sorbonne
The stated Mission of the Carmenta Online Latin School is to provide top students living throughout the United States and around the world with élite-quality small-class online instruction in the Latin and Ancient Greek languages. We maintain a very high standard for the quality and effectiveness of our instructors and curriculum, hiring only top academics in the field of Classics and utilizing textbooks and curriculum strategies built to guide learners to true fluency in Latin and Ancient Greek.
We are accredited by the Commissioners of the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), a major American accrediting body. This Accreditation extends through June 30, 2021 and covers both our Online Latin Course and Ancient Greek Course. Those enrolled in our Ancient Greek and Latin Courses can anticipate most institutions accepting a transfer of credits from our school with relative ease.
Carmenta Online PhD Tutors was created in 2016 as a distinct division of the Carmenta Online Latin School. Information on hiring one of our élite one-on-one instructors can be found on this other website, which showcases the distinct educational offerings of that division, aimed at a different demographic and student type from that of our Carmenta Online Latin School Latin and Ancient Greek multi-student classes.