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Latin Instruction

Latin Lives at Ivy Hall Summer 2018


The International Institute for Culture is offering two intensive Latin summer programs.

Beginners Latin - 18th June to 13th July
Intermediate Latin - 16th July to 10th August

This course is an excellent opportunity for those who want to study the classics, philosophy, law, medicine, theology - or simply be more fully connected with our own cultural heritage, in order to understand  better  both our past and our present. 

The courses:

  • Each session covers the equivalent material of two semesters of University-level Latin studies;
  • Provides a thorough introduction to classical Latin grammar and syntax;
  • Employs the inductive method of language instruction;
  • Uses the ecclesiastical, or “mediaeval”, form of pronunciation;
  • Supplemental readings from Ancient, Patristic, and Mediaeval authors will be presented, along with the prayers of the Church and the parts of the mass from the Roman Missal.

Required Texts:

  • Stephanie Pope, et al.  Cambridge Latin Course, North American Fourth Edition, Units 1-3. 

Recommended Texts:

  • Benjamin Hall Kennedy.  Revised Latin Primer
  • Langenscheidt Pocket Latin Dictionary
  • Norma Goldman and Ladislas Szymanski.  English Grammar for Students of Latin

Cost of the program:
$1,500 per session, not including the texts. 
$2700 if both sessions are taken.
Other photocopied materials will be provided. 

About the instructor:
Stephen C. Córdova is Latin Teacher at Martin Saints Classical High School in Oreland, PA.  An expert Latinist with over twenty years of teaching experience, he brings an enthusiastic approach to the marvels of the Latin language.

If you need housing for the program, please contact Rebecca Haas at  215-877-9910 or write her at

To apply for the program, visit the IIC website:
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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.

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