Latin as Rhetoric

Marcus Foster June 27, 2012

Presented at:
SCL Conference 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 the students' (ongoing) mastery of Latin grammar as well as their ability to synthesize in a interdisciplinary manner. Some specifically practical approaches I include are Socratic dialogue, presentations, essays, memorizations, and choice-within-stricture methods of evaluation. Finally, I conclude with a time of discussion specifically geared toward exchanging and collaborating readings, rubrics, prompts, etc. appropriate for the rhetoric age.


Grammar Latin Literature Rhetoric Teaching


Marcus Foster
Marcus graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Classics in 2000. He worked with youth in Berlin, Germany for five years, part of which was also spent studying theology at Humboldt Universit├Ąt. He received a Masters of Humanities from the University in Dallas in 2012. Heavily invested in languages, Marcus hopes to stir a love for language and literature in his students. He and his wife, Julie, have been married for 10 years, and have three beautiful daughters.