This preconference features several seasoned language instructors and leaders within classical Christian Education. Karen Moore (Grace Academy, Georgetown, TX; latinalive.com), Lisa Snyder (Covenant Christian Academy, Colleyville, TX), Dr. Tim Griffith (New Saint Andrews, ID; pictadicta.com), Marcus Foster, Daniel Faubus, and Dr. Jason Merritt (Covenant Classical School, Ft. Worth, TX) will consider the following questions:
Why Latin? Why foreign languages? Must we commit to only one method? Is it possible to teach a language’s grammar through immersive conversation in the target language? How do we keep the struggling students supported while challenging those who are advanced (and having some fun along the way)? What are the pitfalls and benefits of a Foreign Language Program that offers both classical and modern languages? Can a modern languages and methods (TPR, CI, etc.) benefit and enhance Latin instruction or overall curriculum and vice-versa? Can a diverse, multilingual program really adhere to the maxim multum, non multa? How do we teach our students to love learning languages, especially when asking them to do something so difficult as conversing in a foreign language in front of peers or reading great authors in the original language?
Each talk will also feature considerations of both principles and best practices that can be brought directly in to the classroom, aiming to be applicable to teachers of any language with any curriculum in any school. Besides speaking to these topics, our speakers will also lead round table discussions on various issues such as: AP Latin, classical languages in college and beyond, department culture, lateral entries & remediation, hosting immersive workshops, and adding new language offerings.
AP Latin -Karen Moore Classical Languages in College & Beyond -Dr. Timothy Griffith Department Culture -Lisa Snyder Lateral Entries & Remediation -Marcus Foster Immersive Workshops (Bidua) -Daniel Faubus & Stephen Bryan Adding a New Language Offering -Dr. Jason Merritt
Intro, Welcome, Orientation: Why Latin? Why Foreign Languages? -Marcus Foster8:15 am - 8:45 am
The Middle Road: Towards a both/and Approach to Methodology -Dr. Timothy Griffith8:45 am - 9:35 am
Break/Flex Time9:40 am - 9:50 am
Grammar via Immersive Conversation (spoken Latin Demo) -Daniel Faubus9:50 am - 10:40 am
Enrichment & Support: Projects, Games, Activities, Clubs -Karen Moore10:40 am - 11:30 am
Round Table Discussions11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch / Recess12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Modern and Classical Language Programs: Complements or Competitors? -Lisa Snyder2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Break/Flex Time2:50 pm - 3:00 pm
Classical & Koine Greek: Loving our Students loving Great Texts -Dr. Jason Merritt3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Break/Flex Time3:50 pm - 4:00 pm
Wrap-up Seminar: Opportunities for Continued Collaboration & Growth -Marcus Foster4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Daniel Faubus received a BA in Classical Studies from Luther College in Decorah, IA and has been involved in classical Christian education for the past fifteen years. He now lives in Fort Worth, TX where he teaches Latin at Covenant Classical School and is the happy father of three children.
Marcus Foster graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Classics in 2000. He worked with youth in Berlin, Germany for 5 years, part of which was also spent studying theology at Humboldt Universität. He completed a M.Hum. in Classics/Theology from the University in Dallas in 2011. Marcus has taught Latin for 12 years (among other subjects) at Covenant Classical School (Fort Worth, TX) and currently chairs the languages department. He and his wife, Julie, have been married for 16 years, blessed with three beautiful daughters and one strapping son.
Tim Griffith is a fellow of classical languages at New Saint Andrews College, where he oversees the Latin program, directs the national Phaedrus Latin Composition Contest, and translates sixteenth-century Latin theological texts for Wenden House. He has dedicated the last 15 years to Latin pedagogy, drawing heavily on the work of the great Latin educators of history such as Erasmus, Comenius, W.H.D. Rouse, and Hans Ørberg. He is also the founder of Picta Dicta, an online learning platform specifically designed to assist parents and teachers with the kind of difficult subjects studied in a Classical and Christian Education.
Dr. Jason Merritt is instructor of classical Greek and the senior thesis director at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, Texas. He has served classical schools in the Fort Worth Area for 12 years as both a teacher and headmaster. He has served as a translation consultant with Bible League International on Bible translation projects in Haitian Creole, Swahili, Japanese, and Croatian. He is the author of “Devils and Deviants: Religious Schism in 1st and 2nd John.”
Karen Moore has filled both teaching and administrative roles at Grace Academy of Georgetown, a classical Christian school in central Texas, where she has built the 3-12th grade classical language program. She has nearly 20 years of experience teaching Latin, Greek, and Ancient Humanities in classical Christian schools. Karen also serves Grace Academy as the sponsor for their award-winning chapter of the Junior Classical League. She is the author of the Latin Alive Reader: Latin Literature from Cicero to Newton, multiple Latin texts and the Essential Latin Course for teachers on ClassicalU, all published through Classical Academic Press. Karen blogs on all things Latin at www.latinaliveonline.com. She and her husband Bryan are the proud parents of graduates of Grace Academy and one high school junior.
Lisa Snyder has taught foreign languages for 27 years. With experience ranging from teaching pre-k and grammar school exploratory programs to the standard sequential college classroom, and finally the classical, Christian Rhetoric School, Lisa has researched and applied effective methodologies for second language acquisition. An avid language student herself, she has studied Latin, French, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, American Sign Language, Russian, German, and a bit of Italian. Since 2002, Lisa has served as Foreign Language Department Head at Covenant Christian Academy. While maintaining a vibrant program at CCA has been her main focus, she has consulted with other classical schools to develop programs that align well with Classical education. She is presently working on certification to become an ACTFL OPI tester in French.