The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0035 Saturday, 8 January 2000.
Date: Thursday, 6 Jan 2000 14:52:37 -0500
Subject: Summer Latin Institute at UVa
In the summer of 2000 the Department of Classics at the University of
Virginia will again offer Latin as one of the University's Summer
Foreign Language Institutes. The Latin program, which will take place
from June 12 through August 11, is an intensive course designed to cover
two years of college-level Latin (12 UVa credit hours earned). Students
who wish to acquire experience in reading Latin but do not require
course credit may also choose a non-credit option, which is available at
a lower tuition rate. No previous knowledge of Latin is required for
participation. The Summer Latin Institute is an excellent opportunity
for motivated students to achieve rapid proficiency in Latin.
The Institute begins with the fundamentals of Latin grammar, including
elementary readings and composition. In the second half of the program
students read extensively from prose and verse authors at the
intermediate level, in addition to completing more advanced exercises in
prose composition and metrics. There are six hours of formal
instruction per day and supplementary review sessions in the evenings.
The University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, a city with
approximately 30,000 residents situated at the foot of the beautiful
Blue Ridge Mountains. The University was founded by Thomas Jefferson,
who also designed the Rotunda and the "Academical Village," which
comprise the centerpiece of the University's grounds. Jefferson's
celebrated home, Monticello, is nearby. Within driving distance are
Washington, D.C. (2 hours), Richmond (1 hour), and the Blue Ridge
Parkway, Skyline Drive, and the Shenandoah Valley (45 minutes).
A unique feature of the Summer Latin Institute at UVa is its housing
option. The Latin House is supervised by a House Director who is also
an instructor competent in the language. Evening study sessions,
special activities, and assistance on assignments are all available at
the Latin House, where students have ready access to reference materials
and other study aids. The Latin House is located near the University's
grounds, within walking distance of classes and the Corner District,
where there is a variety of stores and restaurants. Students have the
option of dining out or preparing their own meals at the Latin House,
which is equipped with kitchen facilities. The cost of housing is
$750.00. For more details on tuition and other costs, contact our
Participants in previous sessions of the Latin Institute have benefited
greatly from this experience. For example, undergraduates from several
institutions, including UVa, have applied credit earned at the Institute
toward degrees in Classics and other related disciplines. Many graduate
students from such departments as History, Religious Studies, Art
History, Philosophy, and English have completed our intensive program
and continue to use Latin to further their educational and research
The following is a sampling of comments made by students of the 1998 and
1999 Latin Institutes:
"The work was challenging, but I felt well prepared."
"The Latin Institute has instructors with creative and energetic
approaches to language study."
"The structure was most effective...the whole process was very
"Working in groups during class was an effective method."
"I learned a tremendous amount of Latin in a very short period of time."
"The student has been given a thorough base from which to continue
"Chalk me up as another Summer Institute success story. I just passed
the English Department's PhD Latin exam....I want to thank you all for
making the Institute such a valuable experience."
For more information please contact:
Kate Stoddard, Director of the Summer Latin Institute,
Department of Classics
University of Virginia
401 New Cabell Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22903