Language classes

The aim of these classes is to teach the foundations of the classical languages, help strengthen the students’ active linguistic abilities, and improve their reading and writing fluency. For maximum effect, the classes are conducted fully in Latin/Greek and feature a number of immersive and interactive exercises. For the beginner and intermediate classes, the textbooks used are Hans Ørberg’s Familia Romana for Latin and Athenaze I-II for Greek. Advanced classes use authentic Greek and Latin texts. The classes take place twice a week. Each class will have a maximum of 8 students. 

The language classes are free of charge for our members (students and staff of the University of Oxford are eligible to become members for a fee of £15/academic year – please email us at committee@oxfordlatinitas.org to sign up for membership). Please note that, due to high demand, members have to apply to join the classes and are not guaranteed a space.

The tuition for non-members is £200 for 8 weeks of classes (16 hours of tuition). We offer a concession of £30 to returning students and £20 for referrals (to both the referred and referring student). There are scholarships available. 

We are now planning our Trinity term classes. If you would like to register an interest, please email us at committee@oxfordlatinitas.org.

Beginner Latin

Group 1, Krasimirus: Tuesday 13:00-14:00 and Friday 17:00-18:00

Group 2, Gulielmus: Tuesday 13:00-14:00 and Friday 17:00-18:00 

Pre-Intermediate Latin

Group 1, Aurelia: Monday 17:00-18:00 and Thursday 17:00-18:00

Group 2, Cynthia: Monday 12:30-13:30 and Wednesday 12:30-13:30

Intermediate Latin

Group 1, Althea: Wednesdays 18.15-19.15 and Fridays 14.30-15.30.

Group 2, Ianus: Tuesday 12:30-13:30 and Friday 12:30-13:30

Advanced Latin

Wednesday 18:15-19:15

Beginner Greek

Monday 12:00-13:00 and Thursday 12:00-13:00

Intermediate Greek

Monday 14:30-15:30 and Friday 14:30-15:30

Reading classes and seminars

Our reading classes and seminars are offered free of charge to anyone, including non-members. There is no need to register for these classes in advance. You can follow us on Facebook for weekly updates to the programme of our special seminars. Details and links to the classes will be announced closer to the term.

Virgil: Aeneid

Tuesday, 19:00-20:00

We meet every Tuesday from 7-8pm to read and discuss Vergil’s Aeneid. The discussion is pitched at an advanced level, but speakers of all levels are encouraged to attend and take part.

This is not a taught class, but participants are given regular and comprehensive guidance on taking their active Latin skills to the next level, both in terms of grammar and the discussion of texts.

This is a particularly useful and rewarding class for students from intermediate language classes, who wish to improve their fluency in a friendly and constructive environment.

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Greek reading class

Thursday, 17:30-18:30

Special Topics (Lumen Litterarum)

Advanced Latin text reading and discussion groups. Recently we have read parts of works as diverse as Terence’s Adelphoe, Seneca’s De Otio, Cicero’s Laelius De Amicitia, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and Augustine’s Confessions and his De beata vita. There is also opportunity for others to choose a text and lead a session: if you would be interested in doing this, do not hesitate to get in touch! The classes are conducted in Latin.