Latin In A Week

Summer Intensive Language Course
Presented by Schola Classical Tutorials

We are not planning any Latin In A Weeks for summer 2011

If you are the kind of person who would rather run up stairs than walk and you want to learn a classical language then these courses are for you.  Learning a language is hard work.  There is no getting around it.  But that doesn't mean you have to stretch it out over a year or more. Just like tackling a staircase you can choose to reduce the pain by taking it slow, or you can finish hard work in a hurry and enjoy the vista at the top all the sooner.  Get all the basics of Latin grammar under your belt in one week , with Latin In A Week.
What will the courses do for the student?
How do the courses work?

See also John Schwandt's Greek In A Week program

What will these courses do for the student?

These courses push the student through all the basic grammar of Classical Latin in one week.
By the end of the final day of the week, students will be able to read a number of unedited selections, including portions of the Bible, classical, and medieval authors, with some helps and reminders. The goal of the course is to acquaint the student with the entirety of basic Latin grammar. Although many points of grammar will be quickly forgotten, they will be more easily recovered later than learning them for the first time.  Also, having once worked through the grammar, the student will feel equipped and comfortable to work back through it on his own or as part of a tutorial, school, or home school curriculum. One of the great aspects of this type of course is that learning is guaranteed. Since all of the study (e.g. vocabulary and paradigm reviews) is accomplished under the immediate direction of the instructor it is impossible to come away from the week without a considerable understanding of basic Latin. Just as an athlete who goes to baseball camp for a week knows that his basic skills will be improved simply by the fact that he will be forced to spend so much time practicing, a student in these intensive courses can be assured of truly learning a great deal abou the basics of this language. To use another analogy, the course serves up pieces of grammar as if it were placing peas on the students' plates. Many peas will roll off, some more quickly than others. However, the peas will be piled on faster than than they can roll off. So by the end of the week each student's plate will be full of peas.

How do the courses work?

Class generally meets from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. each day (except Friday, which ends earlier), and is broken up by various activities. For example, a day may start with a half hour lecture, then for 10 minutes students break into small groups to drill each other on vocabulary, then they reconvene in a circle for some oral exercises for 10 or 15 minutes, then they move to a table for some written exercises which could include writing paradigms for speed, or translating, then on to another short lecture, etc. This type of format is equivalent to circuit training for the brain. We work one part of the mind and when it begins to fatigue we let it recuperate by using a different part. By the end of each day students are usually exhausted, so there is no homework.
Be warned! These courses involve physical and mental pain. It's the exhilarating pain that results from being pushed beyond what you previously thought your capacity was, but count the cost before registering and physically prepare for it by coming well rested and resting and eating well during the week. Also, these courses may infect you with a strange passion for the Classical languages, the symptoms of which can be seen in the thoroughly enthusiastic instructor.

The  Instructor

Wes Callihan teaches Latin In A Week. He is the founder and instructor at Schola Classical Tutorials, where he teaches Latin, Greek, Great Books, and other subjects.


These summer courses are conducted around the country -- anywhere there is enough interest: we have conducted courses in San Diego; Houston; Sacramento; Phoenix; Oakland; Washington D.C.; eastern Montana; northern Idaho; and Lancaster, PA, in conjunction with Veritas Academy's annual Teacher Training Conference.

If you live in an area where there is enough interest to fill a class (12 or more), LIAW can come to you! This is usually a less expensive alternative as you don't have transportation, room and board costs. We will be happy to discuss setting up a Latin In A Week in your area. Contact Schola for information.


The tuition for all courses is around $500. The fee varies slightly depending on the region -- contact Schola for the specific fees for a particular session. Fees do not include room, board, or textbooks. You must include the full fee with your registration in order to be assured a seat in the class. 


Age: It is strongly recommended that students be at least 16 years old before taking these courses; adults are welcome.

Prerequisite knowledge: The courses assume no previous experience with foreign languages. However, a good grasp of English grammar is extremely helpful, and previous experience with any language, especially Latin, will also be very valuable; students with at least a little previous experience in the chosen language will profit much more than those who have none. It is strongly recommended that the student purchase the textbook well in advance and become familiar with the introductory material and work through a few of the early chapters ahead of time. Most importantly, students must be willing to give the subject their full attention and all of their energy for five days.


1) You will need Wheelock's Latin, 6th edition. You should purchase it well in advance (and don't forget to bring it!). 

2) Bring a notebook and pens. 


If you are interested in a scheduled course, first confirm space availability and fees by contacting Schola Classical Tutorials. Once availability is confirmed, a spot will be tentatively held for you until you print out, fill in, and mail the registration form along with the fee.


(To confirm availability for the Veritas-sponsored LIAW and to register for that one, contact Veritas Academy.)


Dear Wes- thank you so much for a wonderful week!  I really appreciate all your effort in teaching and traveling!  It was wonderful to go through the Latin in a Week class again and fill in the gaps that were missing.  Thanks also for your wonderful teaching style that is so engaging!!! (a great model to my new teachers!)  We are going to incorporate original texts, history and reading aloud as part of our growing program.  You helped to cast vision as well as teach Latin.  You showed the connectedness of so many subjects and higher level thinking -- it was just the boost we needed!!  Your teaching makes a difference and is helping to shape schools as well as encourage them on this road of Classical Christian Education.  Thank you ever so sincerely,
Cyndi Evans
Latin teacher, NorthCreek Academy, Walnut Creek, CA
I cannot thank Wes Callihan enough for his Latin-in-a-week course.  I took the class the summer before my first year of teaching in a classical school and it was actually life-changing.  The class gave me greater confidence in teaching Latin, the privilege of seeing a great teacher in action, and even provided me with knowledge well beyond the Latin language.  Mr. Callihan does a fantastic job of weaving history, literature, and art throughout the class, making a potentially grueling format enjoyable.  I heartily recommend it to any teacher of any age or experience level.
Brian Phillips
Humanities Teacher & Dean of Classical Studies
Covenant Classical School of Concord, NC