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CyberCaesar uses the best of traditional, modern and digital approaches to learning Latin.
- Traditional – learning grammar is of paramount importance
- Modern – learning the language through reading is engaging
- Digital – technology is used to enhance learning
Each topic in CyberCaesar comprises:
- A series of stories, illustrating elements of grammar of syntax, as well depicting aspects of Roman life.
- At least one video lesson per topic, explaining new linguistic features.
- A vocabulary list, a set of flashcards to enhance learning and a vocabulary test to assess knowledge.
- Language reference items to aid recall and reinforcement.
- A series of exercises practising the new linguistic material.
- A revision exercise embedding concepts previously visited.
- English into Latin exercises that stretch each student to use new knowledge.
Basic Latin is the first course in the series and consists of twelve topics. The stories are set in Herculaneum and Pompeii, featuring the family of the Roman senator Valerius. Linguistically it teaches all cases of the first three declensions of nouns and the present tense of regular and irregular verbs. There are two hundred vocabulary items to be learned, as well as the numbers I to XX. A digital textbook of the course is available for download. Learners can complete the course within roughly fifty hours of study.
Intermediate Latin is the second course in the series and also consists of twelve topics. The stories are set in Rome and Britain, to where Valerius and his son have been sent by the emperor to quell a rebellious tribe. The course covers all tenses of verbs, the passive voice, both declensions of adjective, adjectival agreement, comparison of adjectives, formation of adverbs, the fourth and fifth declensions, imperatives and pronoun usage. There are three hundred vocabulary items to be learned, as well as the remaining numbers. A digital textbook of the course is available for download. Learners can complete the course within roughly fifty hours of study.
Further Latin is the next course in the series, comprising twelve topics. Comprehension and translation passages replace the continuous narratives, adapted from the works of lesser known Roman authors. Further Latin teaches the relative clause, all forms of the participle, indirect statement and the subjunctive in subordinate clauses There are three hundred vocabulary items to be learned A digital textbook of the course will be available for download. Learners can complete the course within roughly fifty hours of study.