(CONUIUIUM LATINUM = LATIN FOR LATIN CELEBRATION)
About the Program
Conuiuium Latinum is a program that introduces students to the fundamentals of conversational Latin. It provides a space for students to gain new skills and expand upon their knowledge.
Sessions will be held in a casual cafe setting, where the tutor will lead you through the use of basic questions and sentences. The exercises will also require participants to draw on their own knowledge of Latin, to expand upon these sentences, and extend the conversation. The aim will be to increase the complexity and fluency of these conversations over the course of the year, and resources will be provided to assist participants with this process. In addition to leading the sessions, the tutor will also be available to answer questions and provide individual feedback and assistance.
This is an excellent opportunity to develop new skills, receive tips in sentence composition, enhance your grammatical understanding, and broaden your vocabulary. Please note that mistakes are an essential and normal part of the learning process, so don’t let this stop you from coming along and having a go!
This program is available to students who have completed first semester Latin (LATN1110) or the equivalent at a different institution, as some prior knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary is important.
Remember, the program is free for all Latin students at UQ, regardless of whether you hold a current membership with CAHS (but we encourage you to join!). Participants will need to purchase their own beverages and food, if desired.
Access the Program
In Semester one of 2021, Conuiuium Latinum will be held at Wordsmith’s Cafe at the following times:
Week 2 – Tuesday 2nd of March, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Week 5 – Tuesday 23rd of March, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Week 8 – Tuesday 20th of April, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Week 11 – Tuesday 11th of May, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Your tutor for Conuiuium Latinum is Josephine Carroll-Walden, who established the program in 2020. Josie is a current honours student and learnt conversational Latin at the Accademia Vivarium Novum in Italy, where she completed an immersive Latin course in 2019. Although learning to speak in Latin was challenging, Josie found this experience highly beneficial for her studies. Upon returning to university, she noticed a considerable improvement in her ability to read, understand, and translate complex texts.