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The study of Latin offers a unique opportunity to look at the nature of language itself. Latin plays an important role in helping to develop literary skills and English vocabulary skills for students at all levels. Latin contributes to the literacy of students and helps them better understand their native language because it teaches them how language works, it introduces them to grammatical structures different from English, and it helps them focus on and appreciate the uniqueness of English. In addition, because of its non-English word structure and sentence patterns, Latin promotes the development of qualities such as observance, accuracy, logic, and analysis. Additionally, through the study of Latin, students also enter the world of an ancient culture. Studying the language, customs, and beliefs of a society from a different time and places is a mind-expanding experience. Conversely, focusing on the similarities between our culture and that of the Romans offers the opportunity to consider the Graeco-Roman contribution to American life in areas such as government, architecture, literature, and ideas.

This course is designed to reach out to include groups which have not traditionally studied Latin: limited English proficiency students and learning disabled students. Seventy percent of all Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese words are derived from Latin, as well as fifty-five percent of the English language. Therefore, students whose native language is not English can easily learn the basics of Latin. In addition, because of its non-English word structure and sentence patterns, Latin promotes the development of qualities such as observance, accuracy, logic and analysis. These are qualities which we can easily transfer to the learning of the English language. The teaching methodology and materials to be used in this course will ensure that all students can obtain some level of success in learning and expanding their own English vocabulary and writing ability through Latin. Students will study Latin vocabulary, prefixes and suffixes, English derivatives, sentence structure and the relationships between Latin and the Romance and Slavic languages. Students will also study about Roman daily life and customs as well as mythology. This course is intended to serve students who are not enrolled in a traditional foreign language sequence, limited-English proficient students, and whose foreign language requirement has been waived. (One semester)
441 (1/2 unit)

LATIN 1 & 2, accelerated
2 units (By Dept recommendation only.)
Levels one and two of the Latin program will be completed in one year, and students who successfully complete the course will earn two units of credit and be eligible to continue to Latin 3. During the first semester, the concentration is on elementary reading, grammatical structure, word meanings and derivatives, and the culture of the Ancient World. Readings are directed toward developing an understanding of the people who spoke Latin by examining their mythology and everyday activities. During the second semester skills development continues, as does the mastery of structure and vocabulary through concentration on reading. The emphasis of the content moves from mythology to historical figures who embody Roman ideals.
This course is recommended for tenth grade students who wish to pursue a second language.
NOTE: Students are required to maintain their enrollment in their modern language class while enrolled in Latin 1-2. Special teacher Recommendation required. This recommendation will be based upon department evaluation of the student's standardized test scores and his performance in his modern language class. Students who are recommended for this course show superior language aptitude and have performed at the very highest level in their previous language studies at Fox Lane.
442 Latin 1 & 2 (2 units)

The readings for this course are selected from all periods and genres of Latin literature to show the diversity of Roman thought and talent. The readings, which continue language and skills development, give insight into political, social and economic life, and offer the opportunity to examine the "lessons of history" provided by Rome. The Regents examination will be given at the end of Level Three.
443 Latin 3 (1 unit)

This course is designed for students who wish to continue their study of Latin past the Regents Level. The goal for students in this advanced course is to read the works of ancient authors in their original form. Through these readings students will continue to develop their Latin language skills, learn about ancient Rome through the written words of Romans, and explore the world of Roman ideas and ideals in depth. We will be reading such authors as Virgil, Pliny, Catullus, Martial, Ovid, Horace, Cicero, Plautus, and Petronius. In addition, English translations of some authors will be read and discussed. Throughout this course students will be writig papers about the authors they read, commenting on the authors' meaning, interpretation, and relevance to the modern day world.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Latin 3 and a passing grade on the NYS Latin Regents Exam.
444 Latin 4 (1 unit)

This course is an alternative to the accelerated Latin program. It is a Regents level course, designed for juniors who would like to improve their linguistic skills and gain cultural and historical background about the Ancient World. Students will study Latin and Greek bases, prefixes and suffixes, with the goal of improving their reading comprehension skills and increasing their knowledge of English vocabulary. Students will use their newly expanded vocabulary to explore the more specialized vocabularies of science, math, history, geography, English and classical literature, business, government, sports, art, medicine and other modem languages. They will also be introduced to the culture and history of the ancient, classical societies of Rome and Greece through a study of celebrated literary works of the time.
447 Intro. to Latin & Greek (1 unit)