UD’s Living Latin curriculum exposes students to both sheltered and unsheltered language, because both are important and necessary for language acquisition. Gouin Series, Little Socratic talks, picture studies, and some of the picture books are examples of mostly sheltered language. …

Sheltered vs. Unsheltered Language
in UD’s Living Latin Curriculum
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Here are some of our current curriculum pilot students in action! To find out about participating in our 2021/22 pilot please click here. A six year old reciting Psalm 42:1 Listen to this 6 year old sing Twinkle, twinkle little …

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One of my main inspirations for UD’s Living Latin curriculum, for which I am currently writing Level 1 (K-4th grade), came from an appendix in a book on St. Ignatius’ Idea of a Jesuit University (1954), by Father George Ganss (1905-2000). In this appendix entitled “Historical Sketch of the Teaching of Latin,” Fr. Ganss shows that up until the 1700s, and especially during the Middle Ages and Renaissance Humanism, Latin was taught as a living language, and this corresponds to different objectives than today: “[M]odern methods of teaching Latin aim chiefly to impart knowledge about the language and its literature. In contrast, the ancient methods in the 13th and in the 16th centuries aimed chiefly to develop an art – the art of speaking, reading and writing the language” (p. 226).