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SCL Preconference on Classical & Modern Languages

The Society for Classical Learning will hold its annual conference in Austin, Texas on June 26-29, 2019. This year SCL will feature a full pre-conference day workshop on teaching foreign language. This conference will not limit itself to Latin, but will also consider Classical Greek and modern languages.

This preconference features several seasoned language instructors and leaders within classical Christian Education. Karen Moore (Grace Academy, Georgetown, TX; latinaliveonline.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.

For a look at the complete schedule and registration details visit: https://societyforclassicallearning.org/2019-annual-conference/preconference/classical-and-modern-languages/

 

SCL’s 2019 Conference will also include workshops in Latin by the following:

The Art of Latin, Karen Moore
The 12th and 13th century A.D. have been hailed as the Aetas Ovidiana for the great extent to which Ovid influenced the literature and art. The 8th and 9th century have similarly been dubbed the Aetas Vergiliana for the great influence of Vergil. Even today should you attend any of the excellent collections of Renaissance art, should a student of literature know the stories of Ovid, Vergil and the Bible that student would be able to well interpret the great majority of any piece that should capture his gaze. He would do well to consider, however, that the artists of such masterpieces were inspired not merely by the concept of a story, but the artful writing of Ovid and Vergil. This workshop will look at several masterpieces from these time periods as object lessons in the art of Latin. Such lessons integrate the study of Latin literature with art history enhancing the students’ understanding and appreciation of both studies. Such studies better equip our students and ourselves to grow as life-long learners and life-long lovers of both art and Latin.

This workshop will greatly benefit teachers of Latin, Art, and Ancient Literature.

Teaching Latin That Good Old Way But in the Twenty-First Century, Dr. Tim Griffith
It may seem impractical to spend valuable class time learning to write or speak in a dead language . As almost everyone capable of using Latin is now dead, even those who see the value of learning the language at all usually only see the value of learning to read it. But composing Latin, whether aloud or on paper, has been proven for centuries to be an excellent way for students to learn to read it better. This workshop will demonstrate how teachers can teach Latin the old and proven way—through composition and oral composition—while using powerful tools from the 21st century.

Basics of Speaking Ancient Greek, Dr. Jason Merritt
Many classical educators have only limited exposure to the Greek language, and the different alphabet employed by Greek presents an impediment to further learning. This workshop seeks to bridge that gap by introducing the attendee to the Greek alphabet, pronunciation, and basic vocabulary through spoken exercises. This workshop is ideal both for lower and upper school teachers who deal with Greek history, culture, and literature in their curriculum and would like to explore the language further and incorporate basic elements of the alphabet and language into their instruction.

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