- World Language Programs
Classical Language Programs
Classical Language programs involve the study of Latin and Ancient Greek, languages that are no longer a native or first language for any population. However, both languages are accessible to 21st Century students through literature and have a significant impact on learning in other disciplines, such as modern languages, art, law, government, medicine, and so on. The primary focus in Classical Language learning is the development of Interpretive Reading skills. Interpretive Listening, as well as Presentational Speaking and Writing, are ancillary skills that support language learning. These modalities are of particular value for students with different learning styles and of various ages.
Since the focus of Classical Languages is on the written and not the spoken word, the following differences appear in the way the exit proficiency expectations are written:
- Classics students will spend little time on Presentational Speaking beyond the Novice Level. While it is important that students appreciate the fact that Classical Languages were once used to communicate orally, there is little point in becoming proficient in speaking a Classical Language.
- An increased use of oral techniques appears in the Intermediate Levels in the study of poetry and oratory, where sound adds to the meaning of the literature.
- Since the primary focus is Interpretive Reading, students progress more quickly in their reading skills, and, if they continue to study the language, they will be able to read original authors such as Caesar, Vergil, Ovid, Catullus and others.
|Level and total hours|
|I or 135-150 hours||II or 270-300 hours||III or 405-450 hours||IV or 540-600 hours||V or 675-750 hours||VI or 810-900 hours|
|MODE & skill||INTERPRETIVE
|Novice Low - Mid||Novice Mid - High||Intermediate Low-Mid|
|Novice High - Intermediate Low||Intermediate Low||Intermediate Mid||Intermediate High||Advanced Mid|
|Novice Low||Novice Mid||Novice High|
|Novice Mid||Novice High||Intermediate Low||Intermediate Mid - High|