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Dr. Richard A. LaFleurRichard LaFleur

About the Professor

Welcome to the web site for my Introductory Latin tutorial. This web site is designed to provide supplemental resources for students enrolled in the tutorial. Click here to read an Introduction and Overview of the LATIN I class or here for Introduction and Overview of the LATIN II class, then email me if you want more information.

Recipient of the 2013 ACTFL Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education

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   I feel extremely fortunate having the opportunity to learn from such a highly experienced Latin professor. As a goal-oriented person, it is very helpful for me to have required assignments for completion after each chapter: it gives me a sense of progress and closure. This self-paced curriculum suits adult learners well. Sometimes I made no progress for weeks due to busy work, then picked it up again and continued. I probably wouldn’t be able to catch up in a course with a fixed schedule.
   Dr. LaFleur is very encouraging, and always responds to my questions in a day or two. I really appreciate his detailed comments. There are many smart people who self-study Latin. However, studying with an expert helps one learn in the most efficient way. Also, knowing that Professor LaFleur is waiting for my assignments and will provide detailed feedback motivates me to continue.
   Dr. LaFleur also incorporates Roman history and culture in his teaching. Through analyzing the Latin texts, I did not only study a language, but also learned much from Roman philosophers and other writers, and reflected upon the Romans' influence on world civilization and even today’s politics. I’m excited to continue studying with him in his next tutorial!

                                                            Ge Alice Zhao, M.D., Ph.D.

Probably the most important feature of this tutorial and the accompanying texts is the emphasis placed on historical fidelity to the language over convenience. The constant recommendation to read passages aloud gives the student an auditory means of distinguishing between and retaining proper pronunciations and spellings. Of the four foreign languages I have ever studied, this tutorial has been the most exacting in requiring precision in all four features of learning language: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
     As far as the actual teaching method, it is at an optimal pace. Each pensum and its accompanying Caput in Wheelock has a variety of foci: morphology, syntax, and vocabulary. While this structure itself is internally varied, it is repeated regularly and in small enough elements that the student never loses practice with any one element but is never overwhelmed, either. Further, the non-linear progression–e.g., introducing most third conjugation verbs in one chapter and but then revisiting the -i verbs of that conjugation a few chapters later–makes sure that the student is constantly consolidating older material while simultaneously learning new material. To be honest, I cannot think of a single feature of the tutorial that needs improvement. Thank you very much for this opportunity–and I look forward to taking your second tutorial!
                                                          Andrew Deaton, pre-doctoral student in history

     I'm having a great time and learning a great deal. On a fun per dollar basis, you are the best value in my life right now!

                                                            David Kroenke 

    Dr. LaFleur's instruction and guidance are peerless. The course was well structured, lending itself toward learning quickly. Working with Dr. LaFleur helped me gain a mastery of the language which will serve me well as I pursue a Masters of Theological Studies at Boston College.

                                                             Deepan Rajaratnam, M.T.S. '16

    It is apparent to me, and I’m sure to the rest of your students, that you continue teaching Latin out of sheer love for the subject. We know that after such a long career you do not have to be doing this, but that you choose to, and that choice colors every interaction you have with us. You cannot retire from passion! I look forward to continuing our collaboration.

                                                             Chad Privett



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