Beginner Old English

Registration for Beginner Old English is now open. Registration for Spring term will close on December 17th.

Beginner Old English I (E101): Spring Term

If you want to read the literature of the Anglo-Saxons in its original language, this is the course for you. Begin your Old English studies with this groundbreaking new course. You will learn Old English vocabulary and grammar by reading a newly written graded reader designed to delight with its charming narrative, to educate about medieval England, but most of all, to instruct students in the fundamentals of the Old English language. In our live sessions students will put what they have learned into practice and use Old English actively in conversational activities that will allow them to internalize the language’s vocabulary and grammar.

  • Cost: $850
  • Beginner Old English Details:
    • Class sessions last 1.5 hours
    • 1 class session per week
    • Course lasts 14 weeks
    • Spring term runs Jan. 9th – Apr. 15th 
  • ALI classes are completely risk-free: Get a 100% refund anytime before your second class session
    •  Refunds in weeks 2 – 4 done on a pro rata basis
    • No refunds after week 4

What You Need to Know

  1. Old English 101 runs every year during the Spring term (Jan. – Apr.).
  2. Old English 101 will be split into two different sections
    1. E101 Section A will meet on Mondays, 4pm – 5:3opm PDT (San Francisco)
    2. E101 Section B will meet on Saturdays, 7:30am – 9am PDT (San Francisco)
  3. Classes are live, online classes run by ALI’s Old English Fellow. Learn Old English from anywhere.
  4. You can skip the semester system. With one-on-one Tutorials, you can set up your own class schedule with an ALI Fellow.
  5.  We want to make sure you’re completely satisfied. If you don’t love your first Anglo-Saxon class, we guarantee a 100% refund. After that, in weeks 2 – 4, refunds will be made on a pro rata basis, based on however many class sessions you’ve attended. We cannot issue refunds after the fourth week of classes.

Dr. Colin Gorrie, Old English & Latin Fellow of the Ancient Language Institute

These days, when Old English is taught at all, it’s typically taught by handing students a grammar book and a collection of texts and translating them by brute force. We know from our experience with Latin, Ancient Greek, and Biblical Hebrew that there is a better way to learn historical languages: through conversation and by reading level-appropriate texts. With ALI’s approach, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll start to be able to understand Old English on its own terms. Beowulf awaits!

Beginner Old English Sign-Up

Sign up for Beginner Old English I and reserve your spot for the upcoming term.

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  • Old English 101 will be split into two different sections. Please choose which section you would like to join. Please note that E101 will run starting the week of Jan. 8th and end the week of Apr. 9th.

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