Latin/Greek Considering the sheer number of years and number of quality schools wherein the teaching of Latin/Greek was an integral part of any good academic training, the instruction in Latin/Greek at Calvary Christian Academy should need no explanation or defense. However, like many traditional particulars of good education lost in the name of “modern” or “progressive”, Latin/Greek’s advantages have been neglected and forgotten by a couple of generations. Latin was regularly taught even in American high schools as late as the 1940s. It was considered necessary to a fundamental understanding of English, the history and writings of Western Civilization, and the understanding of Romance languages.
Calvary Christian Academy teaches Latin and Greek, therefore, for two major reasons:
- Latin is not a “dead language”, but rather a language that lives on in almost all major western languages, including English. Training in Latin not only gives the student a better understanding of the roots of English vocabulary, it also lays the foundation for learning other Latin-based languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Romanian). Greek is also foundational in the English language and will also enhance Bible study through word studies.
- Learning the grammar of Latin/Greek reinforces the student’s understanding of the reasons for, and the use of, the parts of speech being taught in our traditional English class work, e.g. plurals, nouns, verbs, prepositions, direct objects, etc.
The Elementary Latin/Greek Program consists of the following basic objectives:
Third-Fourth Grade: Vocabulary acquisition, declensions, chants of endings.
Fifth-Sixth Grade: More vocabulary, beginning grammar work, basic verbs, simple sentences
Seventh Grade: More sentences, vocabulary, basic translation work, phrases, grammar
Eighth Grade: Translation work, grammar, writing of sentences, stories, Classical background