Introductory Latin Courses

For our Intro-level Latin courses, we are pleased to partner with BibleMesh and New Saint Andrews College to provide top-of-the-line Latin instruction for anyone seeking to master Latin grammar and the basics of translating theological Latin for the first time. The NSA Latin Online program, designed by renowned Latin instructor Tim Griffith, combines the best of the inductive Latin learning method that Mr. Griffith has helped pioneer with the cutting-edge technology of BibleMesh’s Cerego language platform. Click here for a video showcasing the program.

Using this software as a base for our Intro-level courses, Davenant Latin Institute instructors will work through new concepts and exercises with students, helping them tackle difficult material and build fluency and accuracy in translation. New Saint Andrews College will recognize our courses for credit for any participants who wish to enroll as non-matriculating students at NSA. Students interested in more advanced coursework can then progress to our advanced level courses.

We offer a wide array of options to accommodate the busy schedules of pastors, teachers, seminarians, and graduate students, organized in two 4-credit courses, at the end of which you should have mastered the complete Latin grammar system, over a thousand words of key vocabulary, and be ready to tackle theological Latin texts and translation theory in our Intermediate Latin courses.

There are three main options for pursuing our Intro Latin courses, with different pricing:

Standard (LAT501, LAT502): Our Standard Intro classes each run for one semester (15 weeks), covering Levels 1 and 2 (LAT501) and Levels 3 and 4 (LAT502) of NSA/BibleMesh Latin, and meeting as a class for an hour and a half every week to go over the exercises and hone your on-the-spot Latin speaking and translation skills. You can expect 8-10 hrs. of homework time each week (including your use of BibleMesh). Each of these courses is priced at $480 (NSA/BibleMesh units purchased separately).

Intensive (LAT511, LAT512): Our Intensive Intro classes each run for four weeks (15 weeks), with both being offered in the summer, and LAT511 being offered again during December and January. They cover Levels 1 and 2 (LAT501) and Levels 3 and 4 (LAT502) of NSA/BibleMesh Latin, meeting as a class for two hours three times every week to go over the exercises and hone your on-the-spot Latin speaking and translation skills. You can expect around 20 hrs. of homework time each week (including your use of BibleMesh). Each of these courses is priced at $480 (NSA/BibleMesh units purchased separately).

Note: These fast-paced courses are not recommended for those without prior language experience.

Flexible (LAT521, LAT522): Our Flexible Intro classes each run for one semester (15 weeks), covering Levels 1 and 2 (LAT501) and Levels 3 and 4 (LAT502) of NSA/BibleMesh Latin, but in a form adapted for those with busy and irregular schedules, such as pastors. Instead of meeting for an hour and a half every week, the Flexible classes meet only once per month for three hours to go over the exercises and hone your on-the-spot Latin speaking and translation skills. Assignments are also only due once a month, allowing you to give more time to the class during weeks that are comparatively free. You can expect the workload to average out to 8-10 hrs. of homework time each week (including your use of BibleMesh). Each of these courses is priced at $320 (NSA/BibleMesh units purchased separately).

Tutorials : Although we recommend one of the preceding options, given the value of learning in a group setting, we recognize that not everyone’s schedule will allow them to meet at designated class times. Some are also eager to get a start before the next scheduled semester or summer course offering.  Accordingly, we offer one-on-one self-paced tutorials, both as 16-lesson packages covering the same ground as the standard courses, and as custom-built packages. See more at our Tutorials page.

For details on what each course type entails, see the Terms and Conditions document.

If you are not ready to register but are interested in the courses or have some questions, please use the following contact form.

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Course Schedule

Jan. 23–May 12, 2017:
LAT522—Introduction to Theological Latin, Part II (Flexible Version)
LAT602—Intermediate Theological Latin Reading, Part II
LAT701-3—Advanced Theological Latin Reading Tutorials

Feb. 13, 2017: Registration opens for Summer 2017 courses

May 22-27, 2017:
Residential Intensive Intro Latin (at Davenant House)

June 5-30, 2017:
LAT511: Intensive Intro to Theological Latin, Pt. I

July 10-Aug. 4:
LAT512: Intensive Intro to Theological Latin, Pt. II

Aug. 21-Dec. 8:
LAT501: Introduction to Theological Latin, Pt. I (Standard)
LAT521: Introduction to Theological Latin, Pt. II (Flexible)
LAT601: Intermediate Theological Latin Reading, Pt. I
LAT703: Advanced Early Modern Latin Reading

FAQs

Do I need to be a graduate student or seminarian to participate?

No, in fact, you do not need to currently belong to an academic institution at all. Pastors, teachers, and independent scholars are welcome as well, although most of our students are currently enrolled at graduate students or seminaries.

I'm not sure which level my current Latin ability is at. Which course should I enroll in?

No problem. We have placement exams which can help us and you determine if you are ready for the Intro Part II, the Intermediate Part I, Intermediate Part II, or Advanced levels. If you’re interested in enrolling but aren’t sure, make your best guess in selecting your course, and then we’ll invite you to take the appropriate placement exam, after which we can re-assess if necessary.

Is there a drop/add date?

We will not normally be allowing students to join one of the classes after the registration deadlines for each course. Students needing to drop a class will be eligible to receive a 60% refund if they drop within the first three weeks of a semester-long course or first week of an intensive course. Students dropping out of a tutorial course may do so at any time and will be refunded $25 for each tutorial unit not yet completed.

How do the live classes work?

All of our live classes use the state-of-the-art videoconferencing software, WebEx, which should work reliably for you as long as you have access to an average-speed internet connection. Recordings of each class, and any “whiteboards” used, will be saved for students who were unable to make a particular class meeting.

Does it matter what time zone I am in?

It is important that you be in a position to participate in most of the live classes in order to discuss the lessons and your work with your professor and classmate. It is our goal to schedule live class times that will fit within normal waking hours for all enrolled students, wherever they live on the globe, though obviously the times will be more convenient for some than others. We will determine the scheduled class times around the registration deadline for each course, depending on the available times indicated by all enrolling students. If the resulting time does not work for you, you will have the option of switching to a self-paced or tutorial approach.

Will I receive credit toward my degree?

Yes, you can. The decision about exactly what credit to award rests with your particular degree-granting institution, however, we currently have credit-recognition agreements in place with three institutions:

You can enroll as a part-time student at any of these institutions to receive credit which you can then transfer back to your home institution. We are in the process of hammering out similar agreements with other institutions. Also, you may request case-by-case credit recognition from your own institution and we would be happy to correspond with your academic officer to help make this possible. We have designed these courses so as to meet accreditation standards for graduate-level theological education, but we are not ourselves a degree-granting institution, and each institution makes its own decisions about if and when to award credits for courses offered by third parties.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, we do offer scholarships for tuition discounts or in rare cases complete tuition coverage. Scholarships are awarded to students in difficult financial circumstances who can demonstrate strong academic ability and discipline, and the importance of these courses to their studies. Scholarships are very competitive, and we have worked to price these courses well below market averages, so we ask that you not apply if you are in a position to pay full tuition. To apply, click here.

Note: Scholarships are not available for tutorials.

What can I do to best prepare in advance for the classes?

Draft syllabi, along with recommendations from our instructors, will be sent out well in advance to all enrolled students.