Did you know that Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, French and Spanish languages are all Latin-based? In fact some 750 million people in 57 countries speak these languages, which accounts for approximately 13% of the world’s population. In light of this fact, we believe that the study of Latin is the perfect choice for keen linguists and provides an excellent foundation from which to build the study of other foreign languages. In addition, it reinforces key learning skills and develops a familiarity with spotting details and learning in depth, as well as breadth.
At Dunhurst, students may opt for Latin in Block One and continue studying throughout Block Two in two time-tabled periods per week. We use the Cambridge Latin Course (CLC), which is a syllabus based on the inductive method - the style used for teaching modern languages. The CLC is a Technicolor, multimedia wonder and is supported by their comprehensivewebsite, which includes all course materials online as well as enhanced information on the background topics. We also use new e-Learning resources which include dramatizations of all the stories, complete with full Roman dress, as well as background videos on topics as diverse as Roman food and Pompeiian elections.
Every other year we run a Junior Classics trip for Block Two at Dunhurst and Block Three at Bedales, during which we visit the famous sites of Rome, including the Coliseum and the Circus Maximus, as well as the volcano 'Mount Vesuvius' and Pompeii, a city frozen in time by the eruption of AD79. At the end of two years of Latin at Dunhurst, students are ready to integrate seamlessly into the study of the language at Bedales itself, where they will also have the opportunity to take up Classical Greek.