Second Edition Coming Soon
our late founder Dr. Ladislaus “Lou” Bolchazy decided to commission an
introductory Latin series, he chose Terence Tunberg and Milena Minkova not only
for their expertise in Latin pedagogy but also for their international renown
as proponents and practioners of active, spoken Latin. For nearly two decades they have offered a
summer seminar, the Conventiculum Latinum Lexintoniense, at the
University of Kentucky, designed to
introduce enthusiasts to the use of spoken Latin. Variations on the conventiculum are offered at various
locations across the United States. Tunberg and Minkova thoroughly enjoy
serving as instructors for such programs and regularly present on the subject
of actively using Latin in the classroom. When chatting to one another, their
language of choice is Latin!
Latin for the New Millennium celebrates active Latin. Each chapter of LNM 1 includes a conversation among a group of American high
schoolers who chat about an everyday topic like “discussing homework” and “in
the cafeteria.” These dialogues present a rich vocabulary of everyday terms and
invite students to act them out. In LNM 2
the same students now converse about the chapter reading or the chapter’s
unadapted Latin passage from Nepos’s Life
of Atticus. These dialogues grow longer and more complex as the students
build their confidence in reading Latin.
The Teacher’s Guide offers a
bounty of aural/oral activities and exercises. Tunberg and Minkova took pains
to make the exercises and activities teacher-friendly with special care for the
teacher less confident about incorporating spoken Latin in the classroom.
Dictations enhance students’ listening skills, drills build their confidence
with a grammar concept, and activities and dialogues encourage spoken Latin.
The authors have crafted four to five aural/oral exercises for each chapter of
the student text.