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Courses Offered at Ivy Hall Fall 2017:

If you are unsure which class is best suited to your needs, please contact the instructor, Jeanne Haines, using the contact info provided below.

Jeanne Haines, BA

Foundations I ( Beginning Level )

Class begins on  Tuesday,  September 26th, 2017 and runs for ten weeks.

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM

This provides systematic instruction in Latin grammar, syntax, vocabulary and sentence building in English to Latin as well as Latin to English. Using Orberg’s Lingua Latina as a primary text, experience in reading extended narrative is introduced from the very beginning.

Adults who have had an introductory level study of Latin, or who are interested in returning to Latin after some years but who are not yet ready to read extended text independently, will find this course an excellent preparation for the Readings course.

Enjoy the company of like-minded folks as we study Latin – this most LIVING language – in the gracious rooms of Ivy Hall.

Cost: $350.00 for a ten-week session, plus cost of materials.

Instructor: Jeanne Haines, BA


Foundations  II ( Intermediate Level )

Class begins on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 and runs for ten weeks

Time:   4:30 - 6:30 PM

Ongoing class continuing progress made in Orberg text, but layering in reading skills which can be applied to other texts.  New students with basic knowledge of Latin are welcome to join this class. Contact the instructor to consult.

Cost:  $350.00 plus cost of materials.

Instructor: Jeanne Haines, BA


Readings in Latin (Advanced Level)

Class begins on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 and runs for ten weeks.

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

This course will be an on-going review and application of Latin grammar and syntax using Latin literature from various sources and periods, ancient to modern, following the interests of participants. Our primary purpose at the Readings level is to use the Latin we have acquired to read original Latin works. Past selections have included Roman poetry, St Patrick’s Confessio, and passages of the Vulgate Scriptures using a beautiful facsimile of the Book of Kells, which afforded the opportunity not only of reading Scripture in Latin, but of learning to decipher the beautiful manuscript text as well. We finished this past year by enjoyed working with Mozart’s Requiem, translating the poetic text and appreciating his musical genius at the service of prayer. Each year we take the opportunity to read passages from the post-classical and medieval periods, using various sources such as Beeson’s anthology of medieval literature.

If you have a basic knowledge of Latin and want the opportunity to read text with assistance, and to engage in thoughtful discussion of the content with fellow Latin lovers, we would welcome your addition to our numbers.

Cost: $350.00 for a ten-week session, plus cost of materials.

Instructor: Jeanne Haines, BA


Latin Proficiency Exam Prep Course

This class is not scheduled at this time, but will be offered in response to sufficient interest.

This course is designed for college students preparing for a Latin Proficiency Exam in their graduate studies program. As such, this course will review grammar and syntax, but will especially focus on the fluent reading of Latin text. Those interested should contact the instructor.

Cost: $500.00 for a ten-week session, plus cost of materials.

Instructor: Jeanne Haines, BA



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The IIC offers Latin classes throughout the year in the evening on Wednesdays, as well as full-time summer intensive courses. For more information, click here to contact the Institute.

Sunday, March 4
Music in Honor of San Gennaro: Early Modern Martyr, Miracle Worker, and Musical Protagonist

Thursday, March 8
Dante’s Divine Comedy: Inferno

Saturday, March 24
Musical Fantasies - Two Pianists in Recital


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