REGISTRATION still OPEN FOR 2ND AND 3RD WEEKS

CIVITAS LATINA  2018

INTENSIVE SUMMER LATIN

JUNE 23RD TO JULY 13TH : BRIDGEWATER STATE U.

SOUTH OF BOSTON -- COMMUTER TRAIN FROM CITY DIRECTLY TO CAMPUS -- CAMPUS HOUSING AND MEALS

 

DIRECTOR AND SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

Dr. James Dobreff

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arrival dates, times, plaes

Place: The campus of Bridgewater State University

Residence Hall: Weygand Hall

Time: Check in for your rooms is 23 June from 1-4pm. If you are arriving later, no problem. We will obtain your room key and certify the condition of your room. You will pick your keys up from me. 

Reception dinner: we will gather at a local restaurant for a introductory dinner on Saturday evening at 6pm. Specifics will be posted here and available on campus.

If you have problems or delays, call James Dobreff directly at 617 949-"six-one-nine-two"

 

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS

at Civitas Latina Summer Immersion

You live, eat, and socialize in an environment designed to help develop your ability to speak Latin fluently by using all of your senses and skills: listening, speaking, writing, reading, playing, directed pre- and post-session exercises, playing games, walking sessions, and science-based topics (math, botany, history, astronomy).

Monday through Friday each week you attend fourteen community meals and thirty 50-minute sessions, which totals 42 community meals and 90 hours of guided instructions. To this, there will be at least two hours daily of Boogle and Big Boogle and a billiards tournament (Ludus Trudicularis) with Latin commentary.

Saturdays: Half-day museum tours in Boston.

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Sessions -- outdoors and indoors

OUTDOORS: Ambulatory and Activities! Ambulatory sessions are run twice daily outside. You learn to use syntactical elements of Latin while talking about They are keyed to develop your ability to use ablative absolutes, genitive of description, double datives, introductory dative participles and similar syntactical tools. Using these correctly and frequently while speaking and writing move us away from the structures of our native languages toward the structural elements of classical Latin. 

Activity sessions: We go out and talk about specific themes (plants, weather, sounds) and perform whatever we can (dancing, skits, giving and taking directions, different types of physical movement, frisbee, whiffle ball)  

INDOORS: Classroom sessions rotate around six themes (1) literary texts (classical, late antique, medieval, renaissance, and later neo-latin), (2) science texts (Pliny, Vitruvius, Conrad Gesner, Johannes Kepler), (3) every-day life, (4) the human body and its metaphors, (5) human emotions, and (6) Latin videos from our own Daniel Petersson at Latinitium.com. These sessions prepare you to participate both in the myriad of planned social activities at CL and in casual conversations with other participants. 

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Instructors' videos

 the embodiment of the eloquence, elegance, and delight of speaking Latin APPLY HERE

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director

Dr. James Dobreff (teaching weeks 1 - 3): founder and director of Civitas Latina, has two decades of experience in spoken Latin communities. For six years he co-directed Conventiculum Bostoniense, where he implemented a new structure, pedagogy, and philosophy that emphasizes high-quality Latin both inside and outside the classroom. His particular focus in on the creation of communities of Latin speakers, which in Boston included the founding of CLIPeus/Boston Active Latin, bi-annual spoken-Latin events at the Museum of Fine Arts, and bi-annual active Latin pedagogy days with the Classical Association of Massachusetts. His practical approach to pedagogy is called Integral Latin, which emphasizes a circular approach of listening, speaking, writing, and reading across a wide range of topics. While running a spoken-Latin night school in Stockholm, Sweden, he began conducting sessions on foot, walking around the city. These effective sessions have developed into the AMBULATIONES, in which we teach and practice advanced syntax while discussing local flora, fauna, and surroundings.

quest lectures

Daniel Pettersson (week 1 & via podcasts): PhD candidate at Stockholm University, is the founder of the famous Latinitium.com website. Daniel originally started speaking Latin by himself—obsessively, for hours each day. Then, as fate would have it, he attended night school with Dr. James Dobreff in Stockholm in 2009.  Throughout that experience, he acquired the strategies he needed to go the distance with his growing fascination; since then, he has gone on to become one of the leading speakers and teachers of spoken Latin in Europe and the United States. He has also become -- mirabile dictu -- an internet celebrity. Daniel embodies the philosophy of our learning communities: to better understand great Latin authors, one must meticulously expand one's mastery of spoken Latin. He is also a terror at our Boggle games!  

Prof. Alexis Hellmer: (week 3) founder of Studium Angelopolitanum & Professor of Latin language and literature at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla and at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla. One of the great Latinists developed through years study and teaching at Prof. Luigi Miraglia's Accademia Vivarium Novum. Prof. Hellmer has crafted an effective combination of elegant Latinity with a creatively vivacious teaching method into a classroom experience that is as pleasant as it is effective. We are thrilled that he'll be joining us. 

Prof. Jorge Tárrega (via special podcasts made for Civitas Latina & via Skype) is President of Collegium Latinitatis Valentianum,  professor at Valencia University, and a gymnasium instructor. Prof. Tárrega takes a lively approach to teaching spoken Latin; namely, he employs the core principles of Quintillianus (AD 35-100) throughout his instruction. He is a leading figure in the spoken Latin movement—in Spain and internationally. Although we had hoped he would be able to work with us in person this year, he is putting together a series of podcasts/short videos that we will be using for a number of sessions and, if the gods of the Internet are willing, he'll join us for a number of sessions via Skype.

 

 

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ON-LINE EXERCISES

GET READY AND KEEP GOING: BEFORE AND AFTER THE CIVITAS MEETS, BEFORE AND AFTER EVERY SESSION

You enter the Civitas Latina immediately, where you'll have access to multiple series of three exercises designed to enable you to come to each session prepared to understand, speak, and participate in the session.  A similar set of follow-up exercises will solidify your new, active skills. Likewise, exercises and materials will be available before and after the CL, which will first help you prepare to participate and then provide you with an opportunity to continue to develop your fluency by watching videos, listening to podcasts, doing exercises/projects, and interacting with other students.

 

Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition

Tuition for any one week or space of five days : $800

Tuition for more than five days or for all three weeks : $1,200

Scholarships

No scholarships open. Financial hardship of $200 may be granted after registration and payment of tuition.

Room and board rates

Rooms: A single room in a dormitory suite : $40 per night

Meals are mandatory for all participants, as the conversations at the meals is an essential part of the speaking program. Rates are $28.10 per day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Thursday. Fridays are $13.95 for breakfast and lunch. No meals served on weekends. There are a number of restaurants (a diner for breakfast and lunch) and a cafe in walking distance from the dorms.

 

Financial hardships

We are committed to helping Latinists enduring financial hardships. Please contact Dr. James Dobreff directly to discuss your situation. Grants given on these grounds will be based on verbal conversations and confirmed with a single email.

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Registration will remain open until the start of the third week.

Complete an application and send an email directly to James Dobreff (jad[twohundred written in arabic numerals]@gmail.com or call me (617) 949-six-one-nine-two

So, come learn to speak Latin during a week or more of intimate instruction.

Applying is easy and hassle-free. Simply click > "apply" here or on APPLY in the section's title, or anywhere it says APPLY HERE in these pages. You will be taken to a form on a different website. Please fill in the form with as much detail as possible. We will do the rest!

If accepted, next steps and all follow-up registration forms (such as those for meals and housing) will be sent directly to the personal email address that you provide.

Transportation

to and from Bridgewater State University

The Civitas Latina community will meet at the verdant campus of Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts; this campus is a 30-minute drive from downtown Boston. Public trains run regularly from South Station in Boston directly to Bridgewater State's campus. 

From Logan International Airport (BOS)

 visitors can access South Station (located on the Red Line) by either:

A) riding MBTA trains [ Airport Shuttle —> Blue Line (Airport) —> Green Line (Government Center) —> Red Line (Park Street) —> South Station] or,

B) taking MBTA Silver Line bus service directly from Logan International Airport to South Station.

From South Station in downtown Boston to Bridgewater State University

From South Station, the Middleborough/Lakeville Train Line runs directly to campus: it stops just a short walk from our modern dormitory!