Latin is a language that was spoken by the ancient Romans and was the dominant language of Europe in the ancient world (in addition to Greek). In the Middle Ages and modern times it was the language of the educated. She is no longer spoken today. Many basic texts of European culture are written in Latin. Latin teaching is about this cultural language, but you donʻt learn it to speak it like a modern foreign language, but to understand Latin texts. The language of instruction is therefore German. In order to understand Latin texts, one learns Latin grammar and words; similarly intensive as with the Latin language, but the students also deal with the German language into which the ancient texts are translated. By translating, students learn to express ancient thoughts in appropriate German words and correct German grammar. This is a demanding but very effective language training. For children and adolescents who are not able to express themselves confidently in German, Latin lessons can thus offer an additional opportunity to learn German better. The Latin lessons are progressing cautiously. Great importance is attached to accuracy. Because Latin is the language from which many other languages (e. g. French and Spanish) have emerged, and Latin has influenced many languages (e. g. English), Latin also helps to better understand modern foreign languages. Last but not least, the students also learn about the ancient world of the Romans, which has had a strong influence on European culture and still shapes it today. Thus, Latin is a European subject.
The project will involve students thinking about their favourite books when they were younger and thinking about which books interest them now, then sharing this information with students in the other country.