Copia Latin

Copia Latin, The Textbook  My colleague, Jeannine Diddle Uzzi, and I are currently at work on an elementary introduction to the Latin language.  Our method–the Copia method–is both cultural and grammatical.  In terms of culture, we look at Roman society experientially through multiple registers (the family, politics, Eros, gender, slavery, etc.) and include original Latin texts to illustrate these realities.  Grammatically, we introduce grammar in a method uniquely our own but with one common principle:  that linguistic competence is a function of being able to express any thought correctly in the target language and in all the ways available for expressing it.

Copa Latin, The Online Resource  This site is also a hub or a resource for any Latin instructor at the secondary or college level to share resources for teaching Latin.  We divide the business of teaching languages into the following categories:

Phonology and Morphology  The distinctive sounds and shapes that make up a given language.

Vocabulary (a Lexicon, a Dictionary)  The set of words that make up a language.

Syntax (Grammar)  The set of conventions governing the kinds of things someone can do with words (independent clauses) and in what ways those things can be modified (subordinate clauses).

Pragmatics  What an author/speaker intends you to do if you understand those words.

Contexts  The systems of knowledge and ideas that make sense of an author/speaker’s pragmatic goals.