Classes

Michaelmas Term 2020

Spoken Latin Induction Week (MT0)

An introduction to speaking Latin for students with knowledge of the language but with no speaking experience. The introduction will get you up to speed and give you all you need to take part in our standard intermediate and advanced classes, as well as reading classes. The programme consists of three 1-hour sessions, and is open to members and non-members alike free of charge. Priority will be given to those who have registered for our term-time language or reading classes/seminars (please note that if you have applied to our language classes and have indicated that you would like to attend the induction week, you do not need to apply separately). The deadline for applications was 26th September.

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. Students without prior experience with speaking Latin or Greek are strongly encouraged to attend our ‘Spoken Latin Induction Week’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 will be primarily using 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. 

The deadline for applications was 2nd October, and all of our classes are currently full. If you would like to join the waiting list, please email us at committee@oxfordlatinitas.org.

Beginner Latin

Tuesday 12:30-13:30 and Friday 17:00-18:00

Pre-Intermediate Latin

Group 1: Monday 17:00-18:00 and Thursday 17:00-18:00
Group 2: Monday 12:30-13:30 and Wednesday 12:30-13:30

Intermediate Latin

Group 1: Tuesday 12:00-13:00 and Friday 12:00-13:00
Group 2: Tuesday 12:30-13:30 and Friday 12:30-13:30
Group 3: Wednesday 18:15-19:15 and Friday 12:00-13:00

Advanced Latin

Thursday 18:00-19:00 and Saturday 10:30-11:30

Beginner Greek

Monday 12:30-13:30 and Thursday 12:30-13:30

Intermediate Greek

Monday 12:30-13:30 and Thursday 12:30-13:30

Reading classes and seminars

Our reading classes and seminars are offered free of charge to anyone, including non-members. With the exception of the Boethius reading group, for which see below, 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 weekly with the aim of reading and discussing Virgil’s Aeneid. The class is conducted in Latin. Click here to enter the classroom on Zoom.

Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae

Thursday, 17:00-18:00

Reading and discussion class lead by Guenevera. We are focusing on both language and philosophy. Class size will be limited to 5 participants (and possibly a few more auditors). Please email the tutor directly (guinevere.rae@gmail.com) and tell her why you want to join. Ability to already speak and understand Latin required.

Greek reading class

Thursday, 18:00-19:00

Programme TBA

Special Topics (Lumen Litterarum)

Details and programme TBA

Advanced Latin text reading and discussion groups. Last year we read parts of works as diverse as Seneca’s De Otio, Cicero’s Laelius De Amicitia, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and Augustine’s Confessions. 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.