Varsity Tutors can put you in Ann Arbor Latin lessons that will suit your needs, regardless of your goals or current level of proficiency. Whether you're a University of Michigan student interested in a future in medicine, law, or theology; a Pioneer High School student learning some Latin early on in your academic career; a student at another area school; or someone from another walk of life learning Latin for professional or personal reasons, we can help you get the guidance you need in a way that fits your schedule. Learning any language is difficult, and traditional classrooms aren't always able to provide students with the resources or amount of practice that can be necessary. Latin presents some unique difficulties in this regard, as there are no large communities of day-to-day Latin speakers. Finding places to practice your Latin skills can be tough. By enrolling in Ann Arbor Latin lessons, you get new ways to get more Latin into your life so you can learn the language faster and more effectively.
Latin is often described as a "dead" language, sometimes deprecatingly. This just means that Latin isn't used widely as a spoken language and doesn't mean that Latin can't be a useful language to learn. Latin is the foundation of all modern Romance languages, which include French, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, and Portuguese. It has also had a huge influence on the development of English. If you're interested in studying languages or linguistics, Latin can be a great choice, as it gives you access to the roots of many Western languages. Latin was used through the Middle Ages and into the early modern period of European history, so it has been tied to the development of Western culture and religious life for centuries. To this day, Latin remains the official language of the Roman Catholic Church. So if you have an interest in theology or European history, Latin can be crucial in understanding source material. It's also common for law students, medical students, and those in the sciences to learn Latin, as the language is still used in the terminology of these disciplines.
What material will I study in Ann Arbor Latin lessons?
Because of Latin's deep connections to Romance languages and English, some elements of Latin may be immediately recognizable to you. A strong English vocabulary can certainly help you learn Latin, as many words are almost identical between the two languages. For example, the Latin word "adulescens" means "adolescent," and "finis" means "finish." You also won't have to worry all that much about your accent when learning Latin. There is no such thing as an authentic Latin accent since there are no communities that speak Latin. You will have to work on developing consistent pronunciation though, as this can make reading Latin much more fluid and can help you more easily recognize and learn new words.
Grammar and structure is where Latin gets difficult. In Latin, the endings of words, known as inflections, are the determining factor in how the subjects of objects in a sentence interact. In English, this is mostly communicated through word order. To give a simple example, "Mark sang to Sarah" means something different than "Sarah sang to Mark." In Latin, rules about word order are not nearly as strict, which can be confusing to many new learners. You'll have to look at the inflections of each word in a sentence to understand what subjects are acting on what objects. While this may seem difficult, it also makes Latin a very concise and elegant language, as a single word can communicate meaning that would take several words in English.
In addition to inflections, you'll also have to learn Latin's system of genders. All nouns have a gender in Latin: masculine, feminine, or neuter. You'll need to memorize each noun's gender, and know how to match adjectives to the gender and number of the nouns they reference. You'll also study common Latin phrases, read in Latin, and may even learn a bit of Latin history. There are two forms of Latin, Classical and Vulgar Latin, and depending on your goals, you may want to focus on one, the other, or both.
How do Ann Arbor Latin lessons work?
You have some choices when signing up for Latin lessons. You can opt for a group class, private instruction, or even a mix of both if you prefer. If you'd like to learn Latin alongside other students and would like to get more practice conversing in Latin, a group class can be a great idea. Classes are taught entirely online in a virtual classroom where you'll be able to see and speak with your Latin instructor and your classmates. You'll be able to participate in collaborative group learning activities and discussions and get feedback from your teacher. This sort of group learning environment has been shown to assist students in learning new material and in retaining knowledge in the long term. Online classes are also great for anyone with a packed schedule, as they are offered at a wide variety of times and don't necessitate a commute. This is especially helpful when learning Latin, since consistent practice is so important. Even if you've got a busy professional, personal, or academic life, you can be confident that you'll have easy access to an environment where you can practice your Latin.
Private instruction from an Ann Arbor Latin tutor has some definite advantages too. If you choose this type of support, we can help you find an independent tutor who can craft a personalized curriculum to suit your specific needs and target elements of Latin that are important to you. For example, if you're interested in theology or going into a seminary, your Ann Arbor Latin tutor can help you focus on Latin forms and vocabulary that will be most useful to you when reading religious texts in Latin. You'll also be able to get instruction that's tailored to your learning style. If you decide to go with private instruction, you'll have the option of studying with your tutor over the internet using a Live Learning Platform, where you'll be able to see your tutor over video and use a virtual whiteboard to work together. If you'd prefer face-to-face tutoring, your Ann Arbor Latin tutor can meet you at the place of your choosing, whether that's a library, a cafe, your own home, or elsewhere.
How can I get signed up?
Whether you're a working professional looking to fit Latin lessons into a busy work schedule, a Skyline High School student trying to add more Latin into your day while juggling sports and extracurricular activities, or any other kind of Latin learner, Varsity Tutors can sign you up for Ann Arbor Latin lessons that may transform your language learning experience. Contact us today for more information about the services we offer, and let us find Latin lessons that can fit your schedule and help you pursue your goals.
Christina: Ann Arbor Latin lesson instructor
...school in my fourth year of teaching Spanish. I have taught everything from elementary Spanish all the way up through Spanish 3, which I teach right now. I have lived in Central America and have experience using Spanish in an authentic setting. I also teach ESL for students learning English as a second language and have been an online ESL tutor working with mostly teens and adults for about 3 years now. Additionally, I have...
Education & Certification
- Wayne State University - Bachelor of Education, Spanish Teacher Education
- SAT Writing and Language
- AP Spanish Literature and Culture
- +35 subjects
Mary: Ann Arbor Latin lesson instructor
...Graphic Design, minored in English, and held an emphasis in public relations. After graduation, I spent three years writing and editing press releases and newsletters for the U.S. Army as a civilian public affairs specialist. Last year, I tutored 7th-10th graders in grammar and composition, geometry, Latin grammar, and medieval history for a hybrid-homeschool academy. In addition to being a Varsity Tutor, I am currently preparing my first novel for publication and volunteer regularly with...
Education & Certification
- Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - Bachelor in Arts, Graphic Design
- Study Skills
- +19 subjects
Kathryn: Ann Arbor Latin lesson instructor
...I received an Associate's in Culinary Arts and obtained my Certified Sous Chef designation. At Schoolcraft, I became a teacher's aide/sous chef and was able to teach students from different backgrounds and age groups, and was able to develop and adjust teaching styles based on the needs of the student. I believe that tutoring not only helps the student, but the tutor as well! It keeps skills sharp, and improves communication and language skills while...
Education & Certification
- Michigan State University - Bachelor in Arts, English
- Social studies
- SSAT- Upper Level
- +88 subjects
Emily: Ann Arbor Latin lesson instructor
...learning and understanding among a weekly group of students taking organic chemistry 1 at the University of Michigan. I have also tutored ESL students before, so I know how important communication is. I was a team leader for pathophysiology and human growth and development in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) in high school, where I taught material in the sciences such as diseases and psychology. This experience made me more flexible to different...
Education & Certification
- University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Bachelor of Science, Public Health
- Social Sciences
- College Economics
- ACT Reading
- +71 subjects
Kerry: Ann Arbor Latin lesson instructor
...for my Ph.D. in Law at Yale, having previously earned my J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. I practiced for three years at a large law firm in Washington, D.C., primarily representing television stations. I also speak German, having learned it as a high school exchange student, majored in it in college, and having spent a summer working in a Berlin law office. As much as I love the law--and...
Eli: Ann Arbor Latin lesson instructor
...student to understand this material.” Having taught undergraduates at U.C. Berkeley and middle- and high-school students at the Treasure Island Boys and Girls Club in San Francisco, I have experience working with students from a variety of backgrounds and I know that every one is unique. Further, my goal as a tutor is not merely to impart information, but to guide the student through the learning process so that they can master the subject matter...
James: Ann Arbor Latin lesson instructor
...a former high school math team member. As a teacher, I try to make math understandable by using real world examples that the student can relate to. I believe that is is my job to teach the material in a variety of different ways in order to help the student to understand. Teaching undergraduate students while completing my masters degree gave me a lot of experience working with students with different learning styles and academic...
Gwynne: Ann Arbor Latin lesson instructor
...Mexico and Michigan State University. In addition I studied medicinal chemistry and toxicology at the University of Michigan. Outside of working I enjoy spending time with my husband, my many pets, crocheting, and trying new recipes in the kitchen. I also enjoy gardening when the weather allows as it not only brings yummy things to eat, but also applies a lot of what I enjoy tutoring in a hands on and visual way.
Terry: Ann Arbor Latin lesson instructor
...come to appreciate the importance of differing teaching styles to accommodate the learning style of the student. I like to emphasize an empowering approach to tutoring. It is not enough for the student simply to be presented with information about language, whether English or Latin. Most students benefit more from assistance in approaching the material and through the development of study skills such as learning the material in different ways or recognizing the root of...
Ben: Ann Arbor Latin lesson instructor
...which are suited to the SAT preparation. I especially love teaching Latin; over the past four years I have helped students master grammar and translation, while transferring my enthusiasm for the language and literature itself. I work very hard to make sure that my students make progress! In order to make this happen, I will tailor my approach to a subject to the specific needs of each student. In my spare time, I do landscape...
Education & Certification
- Haverford College - Bachelor in Arts, Classical Languages and Literature
- University of Oxford - Masters, Classical Languages and Literature
- Latin 2
- Essay Editing
- +35 subjects