Latin: The Bedrock of Other Languages

Roman Colosseum

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Did you know that Latin, while no longer a native language of any country, developed into many contemporary languages such as Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Romanian? The language contributed many words to the English language, and its roots are commonly used in theology, biology, science, medicine and law. One of ILO’s Latin teachers, Chad Timm, is passionate about the language. He’s been studying Latin for over 20 years, while earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in the Classics. Mr. Timm believes the study of Latin is advantageous in many ways, including:

  • becoming multilingual (you explore elements of six languages at once); 
  • preparing for numerous professional careers (law, medicine, philosophy, science, music, theatre, art, and religion);
  • mastering the English language (50% of English and over 80% of our polysyllabic words
  • is derived from Latin); 
  • deciphering the “secret code” of Latin, learning to puzzle-solve, and reading great authors are pleasures that will last students a lifetime; and
  • appreciating the Roman Empire and its continuing effects on Western civilization, especially in art and architecture.

ILO is proud to offer Iowa high school students the opportunity to study Latin. As one of the five world languages currently offered in our catalog, the course is highly engaging, multimedia-rich, and taught by experienced and highly qualified online teachers.

All Latin sections are offered in both Spring and Fall terms. Find out more about all of ILO’s World Language course offerings