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Tips for IB Latin Classes

You do not need to speak Latin out loud, but you should write in the language as much as possible in class to improve your spelling and use of vocabulary and grammar.

If you don't understand a grammatical concept, ask your teacher for clarification. Not all the grammar in Latin is the same as or even similar to that in English.

There are plenty of words and grammatical concepts that exist in English, but are frequently taken for granted. Think about how a concept works in English to help you remember how to apply it to Latin if it is the same or similar.

If you need to write about an article you have read in class, focus on the content of the article and how the author communicates their ideas. In a Latin class, you will most likely focus on reading comprehension, so you need to demonstrate that you understand what the author is saying in Latin, including small details. Read the article two or three times, while taking notes, so you do not miss anything important.

Use a variety of specific vocabulary. Ensure that you only use words that you know the meaning of and that also make sense in context.

Ask your teacher for suggestions on improving your writing. They can give you feedback on how well they understand your writing and whether your structure and word choices are effective.

In IB Latin, you will be required to read books in Latin. Make sure that you are paying attention to the storyline and underlying themes, not just the language, as you will be expected to discuss and comment on these events and ideas.