Introducing Spoken Latin: A How-To for Beginners

Marcus Foster and Stephen Bryan discuss the theory and practice of introducing spoken Latin into the classroom.
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This seminar will develop the theory and practice of introducing spoken Latin into the classroom. If you’ve ever wondered about the benefits of spoken Latin, your ability to implement it as a beginner or whether it will compromise the core content of your current course, then this session is for you. These questions will be addressed and the leaders’ own successes and failures will be shared, too. They’ll share spoken Latin resources, opportunities for training and highlights about how spoken Latin has made their classrooms more fun, multisensory, adaptive, challenging and rewarding. The seminar will conclude with a Q&A, with special emphasis on exploring other schools’ attempts at similar endeavors.

Marcus Foster

Marcus Foster graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in classics in 2000. He worked with youth in Berlin, Germany, for five years, part of which was also spent studying theology at Humboldt Universität. He completed a master’s degree in classics and theology from the University in Dallas in 2011. Heavily invested in languages, Marcus aims to stir a love for language and literature in his students at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, Texas, where he teaches Latin and chairs the languages department. He and his wife, Julie, have been married for 15 years and have been blessed with three beautiful daughters and one strapping son.

Stephen Bryan

Stephen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Bryan College in 2012. He continued his education at Wheaton College, where he received a master’s degree in 2014 in the history of Christianity with a concentration in the Early Church. During his time at Wheaton, Stephen began studying Latin and quickly fell in love with the language and the world of classical Christian education. When he isn’t passing on his love of languages and history to his students at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, Texas, Stephen likes to spend his free time playing guitar, reading classic literature and pretending to be a coffee connoisseur.

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