Classical Languages Institute

Important Update

All courses in the 2020 Classical Languages Institute have moved to online instruction. To register for the Polis online courses (Latin I or the different levels of Ancient Greek), please visit this page.

All courses taught by Christendom College faculty (Biblical Hebrew, Latin II, Ancient Greek II, St. Augustine’s Confessions) will be conducted through a synchronous live-stream at the times originally scheduled for each class (see the schedule of classes below). Recordings of the live-stream will also be available for any students who wish to take the classes asynchronously. To apply for these courses, please visit this page.

June 22 – July 31, 2020 

 

The Christendom Classical Languages Institute offers six-week introductory courses in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Biblical Hebrew. Each course covers the equivalent of a year-long introductory sequence at the college level. Upon completion, students will be able to read classical, biblical, and patristic literature with the help of a dictionary. The Institute is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as hard-working high school students. No previous study of either language is required.

The first three weeks of the Latin and Greek courses will be taught by instructors from the Polis Institute. The Latin course is intended for absolute beginners. For Greek, two levels are planned: one for beginners and an intermediate level. All levels of these courses will include 90 hours of full-immersion classes and activities. Details for the Polis program can be found here.

Christendom College faculty will teach the second three weeks of the introductory Latin and Greek courses and the entire six weeks of Biblical Hebrew. The second half of Latin and Greek will complete the course of elementary instruction for those who take the beginners’ level of the Polis programs.

New this year is an advanced Latin course reading selections from St. Augustine’s Confessions.

The Institute takes its character and animating spirit from a firm conviction that the loving study and active use of classical languages is a constant source of cultural renewal.

 

Course Offerings

  • Latin I/Conversational Immersion with the Polis Institute (two levels)
    June 22–July 10. Register through the Polis Institute.
  • Latin II with Dr. Andrew Beer
    July 13–July 31; Monday–Friday, 8:45–11:15 a.m.
  • Ancient Greek – Conversational Immersion with Polis Institute (two levels)
    June 22–July 10. Register through the Polis Institute.
  • Intensive Greek Part 2 with Dr. Kevin Tracy
    July 13–July 31; Monday–Friday, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
  • Intensive Biblical Hebrew with Mr. David Owen
    HEBR 501: June 22–July 10; Monday–Friday, 6:30–9:00 p.m.
    HEBR 502: July 13 – July 31; Monday–Friday, 6:30–9:00 p.m.
    Asynchronous and directed study options can be made available upon request.
  • Advanced Latin: St. Augustine’s Confessions with Dr. Andrew Beer
    June 22–July 31; Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
  • Elementary Arabic I with Mr. David Owen 
    June 22–July 10; Monday–Friday, 1:00–3:30 p.m. Asynchronous and directed study options can be made available upon request.
    This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of the formal and spoken registers of Arabic. No prior knowledge of Arabic is required. We will learn the Arabic script, greetings, a data set of useful and frequent words, the ability to compose basic sentences, and the language’s fundamental grammatical and syntactic forms. Some attention will be paid to continuities in Arabic heritage, in both its ancient and modern dimensions.
  • Elementary Arabic II with Mr. David Owen 
    July 13–July 31; Monday–Friday, 1:00–3:30 p.m. Asynchronous and directed study options can be made available upon request.
    This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of the formal and spoken registers of Arabic. Familiarity with the Arabic script and basic grammatical and syntactic forms is required, as is the ability to produce simple sentences. We will consider examples of beautiful Arabic writing, expand our data set of useful and frequent words, and will introduce intermediate-level idioms and syntactic structures. Students will acquire basic oral and aural proficiency for communication, the ability to compose more complex sentences, and basic cultural competency through engagement with Arabic heritage.
     
     
     

     

Register Today!

Apply online or submit a mail-in application to begin the registration process.

Room, Board & Transportation

See our Summer page for information on residential life, dietary restrictions, and to register for transportation to and from our Front Royal, VA, campus.

Contact:

For questions about the Polis program, please contact Mr. Stephen Hill, rstephenhill@gmail.com.

For questions about all other courses, please contact Dr. Andrew Beer at abeer@christendom.edu or  540.551.9162.

 

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