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Latin 1

Course Description:
There is a reason “all roads lead to Rome.” Maybe it is because Romans built much of the ancient world’s highway system. The birth and rise of Christianity in the Roman world show clearly how the overarching plan of God for His creation rules and overrules in the course of history. Roman culture and the Latin language and the impact of Christianity on that culture laid the foundation for much of Western culture. In this course, as students take their first steps on a lifelong journey of discovery; they find out for themselves how their faith confronts history and provides a pathway back to our proper relationship to God. Students improve their command of the English language by studying Latin. Students also gain a better understanding of today’s laws and culture by getting into the Roman mind and are challenged to relate that understanding to their relationship to God. Latin I is the most comprehensive way to begin. The purpose of this course is to give students a foundation in Latin grammar and vocabulary. This course also acquaints students with classical mythology and with the everyday life of the typical Roman and points out how that worldview contrasts with the Christian worldview. The course sets the students’ feet on a journey as big as their imaginations, with a passport to some of the world’s most exciting places. On that journey, as they grow in knowledge, they will deepen their Christian faith.

The course has been carefully aligned to National Standards for Classical Language Learning as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).

Recommended Prerequisites:
None

Grade Level:
9th – 12th Grade recommended

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Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:
Creation: God communicates His plan, purpose, and provision personally through both oral language (Jesus Christ, the Living Word) and written language (the Bible). He has also set patterns and guidelines for how humans are to communicate both with Him and with each other. God’s original purpose for language was for us to communicate with Him and with each other with truth and love (Ephesians 4:15); grace (Colossians 4:6); kindness and tenderness (Ephesians 4:32); care (Matthew 12:36); encouragement (1 Thessalonians 5:11); and without anger, wrath, malice, slander, obscene talk (Colossians 3:8), or haste (Proverbs 29:20). God also intended for mankind to use language in order to live out the greatest commandment: to know and love both Him and our neighbors (Matthew 22:39). He also intended for language to enable us to live out the Great Commission to disciple and serve others, both at home and in our communities (Matthew 28:16–20).

Fall: Man’s fallen nature and innate sinfulness impact his ability to use language to communicate respectfully and gracefully with God and others. Sin leads to pride, confusion, and even frustration; as a result, man often values forms and applications of language that are in opposition to God. These alternate forms and applications of language are destructive―cursing rather than blessing―and are often used for sinful purposes rather than truth.

Redemption: Rather than succumbing to our fallen nature and engaging in forms or subjects of communication that are in opposition to God, we should seek to grow in wisdom through our study and use of languages. We should allow the Holy Spirit to change our hearts in order to align our speech with the heart of Christ. As we mature in our faith, we become more aware of the positive power of language to express truth, and of the negative power of language to cause deceit. Receiving the truth from Christ helps us to be discerning when we hear deceitful language. When language is used in a God-honoring way, it has a positive impact in all aspects of our daily life as well as in the lives of others (Proverbs 13:17). Learning another language will make us informed consumers, which will enable us to be good stewards of our resources and to offer help to others. This is, in part, how we live out the greatest commandment and the Great Commission: through our study of foreign languages. When used for God’s glory, language can be used to build relationships between ourselves and speakers of other languages, as well as to share the gospel and God’s faithfulness with others. As we learn new languages, we build the tools to speak of God’s redemption to all we encounter, even those who speak another tongue. We just have to be willing to step out of our own spheres and into those of other cultures around the world, in order to share the truth with all.

To see how these truths are specifically explored in this course, visit the course information page in the course and click on “Guiding Principles.”

Required Course Materials:
Microphone and speakers