It may not seem like the most contemporary thing, but thanks to a dedicated teacher, students are bringing Latin alive with conversation.
The Latin language has not been spoken in conversation for centuries, but teacher Robert Patrick usually replies to students in the language. He is the head of Parkview High School’s foreign language department. He is on a mission to revive Latin into the world of everyday speech.
Patrick is a 25 year language teacher. “At Parkview, we teach Latin in Latin; we speak, read and write in Latin,” he said. “We have conversations about all kinds of things because that’s how people learn.”
He introduced Latin conversation at the Gwinnett County high school as a way to strengthen the curriculum
“When I took over, Latin was very solid, with five classes being taught by one teacher,” he said. “We had about 130 students, but as usually happens with language programs, the students started out with a bang, but by the end of the second year, they just weren’t around. I wanted something better.”