This website is a happy union of the ancient world, a classic 20th century textbook, and new millennium technology. Based on Professor Wheelock's original text, the revised edition provides clear grammatical explanations, readings based on ancient authors, and engaging art. The website contains information about and links to a wealth of resources that will aid both teachers and students of Latin alike. While the grammar translation approach is the foundation of Wheelock, innovations such as computer games, practice tools, and study aids supplement the course and make it accessible to a wide variety of learning styles. This site provides links to additional texts and online resources compatible with the Wheelock text.
Having originally worked through Wheelock in my own college courses before the advent of the Internet, I know where I would have been grateful for more help. I would access the audio files regularly and often to reinforce pronunciation and speaking skills (my own as well as my students). The value of being able to easily practice both listening to and speaking the language cannot be overstated. The audio files permit the learner to interact with Latin in so many more ways than reliance on text alone. Books such as Thirty-Eight Latin Stories and Wheelock's Latin Reader provide wonderful passages for students to practice reading. These texts would be very helpful for students to move from learning the rules to learning to read fluently using the techniques suggested by Dexter Hoyos in Latin: How to Read it Fluently and Gareth Morgan's The Teaching of Elementary Latin. New to me in exploring this site were links to the Ancient World Mapping Center (which is in my own backyard at my alma mater), the Virtual Catalog of Roman Coins, and the VRoma site. All of these resources offer a multitude of ways to engage students and provide avenues for looking, listening, saying, doing, reading, and writing Latin. -Carolyn Wilson
I started with Wheelock’s Latin, 6th Ed., in college as my first classroom text. I found the chapters to be well paced, dense but not onerous, and generally proceeded in a sequence that made sense and built on the obvious relationships to previous material. Explanations of grammar are thorough with examples in the reading; chapter exercises are based on reading quantity to make vocabulary and ideas stick and most ideas from each chapter are well represented with several examples in the student reading. Vocabulary charts with each chapter are manageable and appropriate in length to hold students accountable for their memorization. The addition of English derivatives with chapter words is helpful in communicating the present value of Latin as well as expanding the reader’s English vocabulary. Generous online text support is available
through www.wheelockslatin.com. The companion reader 38 Latin Stories is also highly recommended and rounds out the chapters well; additional texts paced to the series include Wheelock’s Latin Reader and Scribblers, Scvlptors, and Scribes. The end of the textbook provides additional opportunities to translate Latin by various authors, some of it lightly adapted (Loci Antiqui) and some completely original Latin (Loci Immutati).
I have found that students transitioning out of a reading method from middle school have done well and often expressed "Now I get it!" as we use Wheelock in 9th grade for an in-depth analysis of grammar before moving into extended passages of original Latin in separate author-specific textbooks. My kids appreciate it and I enjoy teaching it.
–Josh Roberts, Westminster Christian Academy, Watkinsville, GA