West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Latin Lingua Latina

is an Indo-European language belonging to the Italic group, it is the ancestral language to the modern Romance languages. Originally spoken by small groups of people living along the lower Tiber River, Latin spread with the increase of Roman political power. The Latin alphabet remains the most widely used alphabet in the world. Latin was the language of the Catholic church and is still the official language of the Vatican.


Gabriele May, PhD Instructor


Degree(s) / Institutions

PhD: UC Berkeley

MA: UC Berkeley

B.A. UC Berkeley

Major: German literature German language

Minor: Classics (emphasis on Latin and Greek)

PhD dissertation: Reception of Sophocles into German literature of the early 1900, published. (Peter Lang Publisher)

Classes at WVC

German 1A, 11A, 1B,

11B, German 50A/B and German Immersion Program

Latin 50


15 years teaching German and German literature, Latin at SJSU

1 year German at Santa Clara University, CA

2 years of Latin at Foothill College, CA

17 years at WVC, CA

Personal message to students

Have you heard of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Hegel, Nietzsche, Freud, Einstein, Wagner, ... just to name a few? Come and learn their language. Become multi-lingual! Learning German will discipline your habits, improve your reasonig and will add fun to your life!

Personal interests or areas of research

Writing about the two world wars and the effects on futre generations

Politics and literature of Germany, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

Travels to Berlin, Germany and the South of Africa. (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia etc.)

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