Stewarding Lateral Entries into Language: Successes and Failures in Growth and Assimilation

by Marcus Foster July 17, 2017

This seminar will relate the success (and failures) of expanding the language program at Covenant Classical School (Fort Worth) over the past years. From adding Greek, to doubling class sizes and sections, to widening the capabilities of student support, this department has seen more lateral entries nearly every year. Challenges abound, such as dealing with […]

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assimilation Greek Languages Latin

Quo Properamus? How to Use Active Latin in the Classroom

by David Noe June 6, 2016

This seminar provides Latin teachers at the primary and secondary levels with simple and tested strategies for developing active Latin use in their classrooms. Using the theory of Comprehensible Input as presented by Stephen Krashen, we will examine ways for incorporating ever-increasing amounts of spoken Latin for the benefit of students.

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Latin Strategies Students

Conversational and Communicative Latin

by Joshua Smith June 28, 2015

The principles and practices of using conversation and communication in Latin instruction. In this seminar, I will present the meaning and goals of conversation and communication in Latin teaching, along with the reasons for this approach and some of its possible challenges. Secondly, I will introduce a variety of techniques and activities for implementing the […]

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Languages Latin Strategies

Expanding the Toolbox: Various Approaches to Reading Latin

by Joshua Smith June 28, 2015

This seminar will introduce a variety of approaches to Latin reading or translation that can be used at a variety of levels in the Latin classroom. Reading in Latin word order, metaphrasing, top-down and bottom-up reading approaches, and disambiguation skills are some of the topics that will be addressed.

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Curriculum Grammar School Languages Latin Upper School

Trivium Incarnatum: The Work of a Grammarian

by David Miller June 28, 2015

The classical teacher should strive to become a grammarian, logician, and rhetorician as they are the trivium incarnatum. A teacher takes their first steps toward the trivium incarnatum through the study of Latin or Greek. As they become a grammarian, their soul is prepared to be struck by truths outside of themselves as they learn […]

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Latin Literary Analysis

by Karen Moore June 28, 2014

Literature is the artful use of language to paint images and convey emotions through a variety of techniques based on vocabulary and syntax. What better way to study this art form than by reading the master works of such literary artists as Vergil and Cicero as composed in their own tongue? Author and teacher Karen […]

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Language Latin Literature Teachers

Latin, Memory, and Oration

by Karen Moore June 28, 2014

The ancients do us the great courtesy of providing many wonderful examples of orations with both invention and arrangement already selected and crafted. With these first two canons of rhetoric already in place, the use of such orations allows students to focus on the remaining canons of rhetoric: style, memory, and delivery. This presentation will […]

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Latin Oration Rhetoric Students

In Defense of Latin

by Christian Kopff June 21, 2013

The talk reviews reasons why teaching Latin is necessary and fundamental for the Classical Christian curriculum.

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Classical Education Curriculum Latin Teaching

The Art of Latin

by Karen Moore June 29, 2012

Vergil and Ovid each began their epic work with an invocation to their muse. Each of these poets has in turn played the muse to countless artists throughout the ages. Bringing this artwork into the classroom will breathe new life into ancient texts. Whether you choose to read these works in Latin or in English, […]

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Art Classroom Latin Literature Teaching

Latin as Rhetoric

by Marcus Foster June 27, 2012

In this seminar I discuss the idea that the teaching of Latin is most effective in the rhetoric stage taught as primarily a Literature course rather than a language course. This method necessitates an intentional, prolonged, and reflective conversation with the students about genre, authorial intent, rhetorical devices, and cultural content that capitalizes both on […]

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Grammar Latin Literature Rhetoric Teaching

What is Classical Education?

by Susan Wise Bauer June 2, 2012

What makes a classical education? Is Latin necessary? What is the difference between classical and neoclassical education? How does this change the way we teach? Susan Wise Bauer will discuss the distinctives of classical education and the methods that classical educators should adopt- as well as those that should be avoided. Includes Q&A.

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Classical Education Educators Latin Teachers

CS Lewis and Latin

by Christian Kopff June 21, 2011

C.S. Lewis had a classical education and read the Greek and Latin classics throughout his life as sources of pleasure and truth, what he called “joy.”. This session will confront his discussion of the Seven Liberal Arts, his Latin Letters to Don Giovanni Calabria, and his recently published translation of Virgil’s Aeneid.

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Teaching Latin in the Logic School

by Karen Moore June 11, 2011

They have outgrown the cute songs and jingles, they have mastered amor, alas, amat; so what is next? This presentation gives practical advice on how to teach students in the logic stage of learning (grades 7-9) by making use of the styles of learning that suit them best. This not only includes building on the […]

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Grammar Latin Logic Strategies Teachers

Virtual Virgil Bringing the Ancients into the Digital Age

by Karen Moore June 11, 2011

As our classical schools grow and mature we are beginning to see more advanced Latin classes studying literature such as Vergil’s Aeneid. This workshop will share with teachers how to put a new spin on this ancient epic by taking advantage of all the resources the modern age has to offer. We will begin by […]

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Latin Literature Poetry Teaching

Latin and English: A Primer on (Linguistic) History

by Edward Chandler May 28, 2010

Latin and English have had a closely intertwined relationship thought the last millennium-and-a-half. As English-speaking schools that emphasize to varying levels the acquisition of Latin skills, it is of great benefit to understand the history of that relationship, how Latin and its successors influenced English, and what place Latin should have vis-a-vis English in the […]

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Classical Education English Latin Linguistics