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I did an A Level in Latin in 1983 and have not really done much with my Latin since then. In September I will be teaching a Beginners' Latin Class (I currently teach MFL).
I am hoping to spend the summer holidays "refreshing" my Latin, but I'm not sure where to start.
Any ideas? Any recommendations?
You might consider a week or two at Lampeter University Summer Classics Workshop - 7th to 20th August. Applications can still be made till 15th July. There are classes for beginners through to advanced. For more info, go to
Sounds lovely! Unfortunately my holidays are already booked for this year - but I will keep them in mind - maybe next year....
Well done for taking on the beginners' class! You will find if you work from the CLC, on the www.cambridgescp.com website, it will all come back. What's more your knowledge of Latin for the1983 A Level must have been at a very good level.
I had a similar situation with Greek. OK in parts I remain a little bit rusty, but it's surprising how much remained stored in the memory and just needed pulling out... just like riding a bike, you never really forget.
I think you are right! I have not had much time to work on my Latin in the past few weeks, but I have picked up Ecce Romani and flicked through it. I am suprised how many words are actually familiar, although at the moment it seems that I am not bad at picking up a Latin text and understanding it - what will happen when I try to go from English to Latin may well be a different story!
We will be using that Cambridge Latin Course, and I have found plenty of resources on the web linked in with the course. Caecilius does sound like an interesting chap and I can't wait to get to know him and his family!
I am a MFL teacher, so I am quite looking forward to using some of my MFL tricks and treats in the Latin classroom!
The good news is that you don't have to do English into Latin unless you are taking on a class that will eventually take Common Entrance. I hope not, as, sadly, the CLC will not be adequate for that rather trad syllabus. Furthermore the skills required to translate from English would take up a lot of time. But if you are in a secondary school, the CLC will be fun and ideal up to GCSE. If you p.m. your email address to me, I can send you some ideas for teaching the early grammar in a fun way. And, of course, as you say, MFL methods will be a brilliant addition. However one word re comprehension; the way it's done in Classics is not for gist at all, but for showing understanding of the Latin structure and content. So you virtually translate the bit the question directs you towards.Are you aware that there are teachers' guides obtainable from the Cambridge project?
Thanks for your pm. Have emailed you.
lemoni122 just like riding a bike, you never really forget.
What type of school will you be doing the Latin in, P J ?
NB for teaching resources etc do look at the Classics Library website (www.theclassicslibrary.com) which has an excellent and thriving resources-sharing area. Good luck!
You could look at teaching Latin in a communicative way given your MFL background. This has been a topic of some discussion amongst Classicists as is shown by the following:
Bob Patrick’s sessions on TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) at the 2010 ArLT summer camp,
the spring 2011 edition of The Journal of Classics Teaching on communicative teaching
sessions on Latin Speaking Clubs at the 2011 JACT INSET day
sessions covering Stephen Krashen’s linguistic theories at the 2012 ArLT refresher day
There are some workshops on TPRS which may benefit both your MFL and Latin teaching in November 2012:
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