Etymology: Exploring the Origins of Words

Etymology: Exploring the Origins of Words


Instructor: Dr. Nilay

Please review the course details below



REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN - Classes start Sept 2, 2019 and end May 1, 2020.

No classes:

·      Thanksgiving Break: November 25 - December 1, 2019

·      Winter Break: December 16, 2019 - January 19, 2020

·      Spring Break: March 9 - 15, 2020


This course is devised to encourage the student to be curious about the English language. Etymology, being the study of the origin of words, will help students to understand the derivation of English words and word families from their roots e.g. Latin, Greek, and French. Students will be given the tools to decode unfamiliar words and increase their knowledge and recognition of advanced vocabulary. This course will be fundamental to help students prepare for standardized tests by placing emphasis on word recognition and utilization.

This course requires a study commitment, outside of instruction time, of approximately 2 hours per week.


  • Study the derivation of modern English words from their roots 

  • Analyze word structure through the study of prefixes, roots, and suffixes

  • Increase vocabulary and enhance use, knowledge, and understanding of English language

  • Complete weekly pre-recorded lectures

  • Participate in interactive online student forums

  • Deliver assessments and/or assignments in a timely manner


  • This course is recommended for students 12 years of age or above.


  1. There is no textbook required for this course

  2. Binder with loose leaf paper, pen/pencil, and eraser

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Dr. Nilay graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology, prior to obtaining her degree as a physician from the prestigious Sydney University School of Medicine. Dr. Nilay worked in the hospital setting prior to specializing in General Practice and sub-specializing in child health. She incorporates many of her experiences throughout her career into her courses, providing insight, and purpose to course content. She is a respected and sought after homeschooling educator. Read more.