Why This Latin Course?
The Carmenta Online Latin School is distinguished from other online Latin courses by its being identical, in every important way, to a very good non-online Latin course. It meets three times a week, each class period running one full hour (the minimum number of sessions necessary, I feel, to allow most students to excel, and the most "live" class time offered by any online Latin or Ancient Greek course). Plus, Carmenta comes as close as possible on the internet to replicating the traditional face-to-face classroom environment through real-time audio web conferencing. The instructor and every student are able to hear and speak to every other person in the Web classroom simultaneously.
To the best of my knowledge there is no other internet Latin course that allows this level of structure, thoroughness, and essential instructor-with-student and student-with-student live classroom contact at a reasonable, learnable pace. If you are unable to take a Latin class in a physical classroom, or you just like the convenience of this type of online course, I truly feel that this is your best bet.
Carmenta is now also offering an Ancient Greek course, equivalent to the Latin courses in both quality and total class time. As with the Latin courses, the Carmenta Ancient Greek course is constructed with the sole purpose of teaching each student the Ancient Greek language. This Greek course is great for both children and adults, and equivalent to a good high-school or college-level Ancient Greek course.
Carmenta is now offering a course in Classical History and Literature as well. Each semester of the course is devoted to a particular period in classical history, and students are assigned reading (all in translation) from literature of that period. Students are guided toward a more complex and fulfilling understanding of the text while they learn to development a more refined critical faculty. No knowledge of the Latin or Ancient Greek languages is required.
Looking for a way to offer a high-quality and inexpensive Latin or Ancient Greek course through your school? Carmenta can be an excellent option for public, private, charter, and parochial schools.
The Carmenta Online Latin School offers six distinct courses:
1) Carmenta Latin (for students ages 11 and up): The Carmenta Latin course is divided into Upper and Lower Division. In Lower Division Latin (Latin I-VI) students work from the Wheelock's Latin textbook, learning grammar, translation, and conversation. Then, in the Upper Division classes, students move on to reading various ancient, medieval, and modern Latin texts. Upper Division classes are devoted primarily to conversation in the Latin language, reading of assigned Latin texts, and discussion of those texts.
2) Carmenta Ancient Greek (for students ages 11 and up): The Ancient Greek course is divided into Upper and Lower Division. In Lower Division Ancient Greek classes (Ancient Greek I-V) students work from Hansen and Quinn’s Greek: An Intensive Course, learning grammar, translation, and conversation. In Upper Division Ancient Greek, students read a variety of works from Ancient Greek literature. Upper Division classes are devoted primarily to conversation in the Ancient Greek language, the reading of assigned Ancient Greek texts, and the discussion of those texts.
3) Carmenta Latin Junior (for students ages 5-13): This course, crafted specifically for very young students, introduces young children to basic Latin and English grammar, as well as the construction and translation of simple Latin sentences. This introductory course builds young students' language skills, preparing them for more advanced Latin and English language work.
4) Carmenta Classical Literature and History (for students ages 11 and up): The Carmenta Classical History and Literature course focuses each semester on a distinct period in classical history. Students are assigned reading (all in English translation) from the literature of the selected period. (The class for the Spring 2014 semester is "Augustan Poets".) Students in this course are guided toward a more complex and fulfilling understanding of the text while they learn to development a more refined critical faculty. No knowledge of the Latin or Ancient Greek languages is required.
Carla is a 15-year-old homeschool student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Click on the video to hear what she has to say about the Carmenta Online Latin Course:
Tammy is a nursing student living in Denver, Colorado. Click on the video to hear her thoughts on the Carmenta Online Latin and Online Ancient Greek courses:
André is a law student living in Fortaleza, Brazil. Click on the video to hear his opinion of Carmenta Online Latin classes:
Now read what some other students have to say about Carmenta Latin and Ancient Greek:
"My name is Charles Telfer and I have been a student of Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser for nearly two years at this point. I am an assistant professor of biblical languages and teach at a graduate level theological institution. I am finishing up a Ph.D. that requires a large amount of reading in Latin. I have been very pleased with how the instructor has helped me grow in my confidence with the basic elements of Latin (morphology) and to develop a sense of how the grammar works (syntax)...
"I very much appreciate the excellent pronunciation the instructor uses, and have profited from written as well as spoken conversations that we and other students have engaged in. We have used Latin to talk about a broad variety of topics, which has not only been stimulating linguistically but downright fun. I have also appreciated his private tutoring on advanced texts beyond the basic work in Wheelock, the leading textbook for Latin in the country. I would recommend Carmenta and Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser's instruction to students with a wide variety of learning goals and needs."
Charles K. Telfer, M.Div.
Assistant Professor of Biblical Languages
"Beyond the above—What more could one want?—is the crucial encouragement and empowerment that come from the regular, live, face-to-face format Carmenta uses. I feel less alone in the endeavor to plumb this ancient language than if I were in a real classroom: Andrew feels to be in my home. In him one quickly senses an organic and lively love for languages in general and for Latin in particular. His delight overflows when he sees kindled in his students a desire for learning and an emerging grasp of the subject matter. Any adult seeking to learn Latin will find in Carmenta Online Latin Classroom the expertise and the encouragement required to master Latin, and any parents seeking to classically educate their children in Latin will breathe a sigh of relief."
Private Tutor, English as a Second Language
San Jose, CA, USA
"I’ve been a Carmenta student for the past two semesters and have taken Latin I, Latin II, and Greek I. I’m looking forward to the new Classical Literature and History classes as well. I’ve been impressed with Andrew’s ability to relay fairly complex information to us in simple, clear, and understandable ways. When we’re working on translating sentences pertaining to a certain event in Roman history, Andrew delights us with his knowledge in that area and many others. He really tries to make class an entertaining part of our day even if that day’s class is completely focused on the rigors of memorizing noun declension and verb conjugation endings. I appreciate Andrew because he’s such a motivator. He brings out the best in all of us, as great teachers do. He’s probably one of the three favorite instructors I’ve ever had."
"The Carmenta Online Latin course has been awesome. I've completed the Latin I coursework and I have to say that I can already see the results in my everyday life: I have a better grasp of the English language now and my vocabulary is broader. Andrew is a great instructor, very competent and helpful. And on top of that he has a great sense of humor! I think my favorite part of the course has been the vocabulary. Andrew makes learning the vocabulary fun and easy by showing us the connection between the words and their English derivatives. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in learning Latin."
Junior High School Teacher
"I like the structure of the course: it is slow and deliberate but it is thorough. I think its thoroughness is its best asset. Besides, I like the Wheelock’s Latin books very much. I like the review of homework from the Textbook at each lesson…because it allows me to take notes and improve on the next set of homework….I like my Latin I class…because: 1) It is good; 2) I enjoy the slow deliberate pace; 3) I do not need to go to the University, and thereby avoiding fees, gas and parking, and hence spending more time working on the subject; 4) I enjoy the night (8-9 PM) schedule because I can still work and take the course."
French Language Teacher
New Jersey, USA
"I took the Carmenta Latin I course in the summer of 2012. The content was very helpful and provided an excellent foundation for further studies in Ecclesiastical Latin. The pace of the course was perfect for individuals who did not have any Latin background. The professor was patient, and excellent at explaining concepts and theory specific to the language. Class timing options on-line make this a great way to study/learn. I could easily accommodate this into my work schedule. I would highly recommend the program to others who are interested in learning Latin (or any other language)."
Member of the Catholic Congregation of St. Joseph
This young student, who is now enrolled in the "Carmenta Latin Junior" course, decided to write her testimonial in Latin. (The translation is in brackets):
"Salve, mi amici. Nomen mihi est Louisa. Sum six years old, et vixi in Hong Kong all my life. Mea mater est Filipina femina. Meus Pater est Americanus vir. Habeo two sorores parvas, Christinam et Rosemariam. Sumus homeschooled. Andreus docuisti Patri Latinam. Andreus nunc docet mihi Latinam. Est fuit meus magister Latinae for three months. Fui discipula Latinae for 3 months. Andreus est magister bonus Latinae, et est funny. Est docuit mihi multam. Ego amo Latinam! Vale!"
["Hello, my friends! My name is Louisa. I am six years old, and I have lived in Hong Kong all my life. My mother is a Filipina. My father is an American. I have two younger sisters, Christina and Rosemary. We are homeschooled. Andrew taught Latin to my father; Andrew now teaches Latin to me. He has been my Latin teacher for three months; I have been a student of Latin for three months. Andrew is a good teacher of Latin, and he is funny. He has taught me much. I love Latin! Goodbye!"]
André, a student of a dozen languages and a "certified polyglot", has broken his testimonial into two sections, the first part in Latin and the second in English:
"Avete, omnes. Nomen mihi est Andreas. Sed meum nomen Latinum Tacitus est. Diligo valde discere Latinam, nam semper possumus multa cum magnis scriptoribus discere. Nunc facilius est mihi etiam discere alias linguas (e.g., lingua Franca, Italica, Hispanica, etc.). Etiam nunc facilius est mihi intelligere meam linguam maternam. Debeo dicere quoniam Andreas K-H est bonissimus et possum multos libros Latinos legere. Possum etiam linguam Latinam loqui. Credo quod lingua Latina non mortua est. Vale."
If you have any questions or comments concerning the course, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com. You can also visit the Carmenta Online Latin School Contact page.