The Conventiculum Bostoniense (Latin by the Sea) is a full-immersion residential experience offered by UMass Boston. It is specifically designed for teachers in schools and universities, who want to gain some ability to communicate ex-tempore in correct Latin on a wide range of subjects. Two different graduate level courses are offered during the Conventiculum, one for first time attendees and one for returning participants as described below. Days are filled with instructional activities, opportunities for social interaction and excursions to the beach and local attractions.
Latin 570 – Active Learning Methodologies for Teachers of Latin (3 graduate credits) Designed as the first-year experience at the Conventiculum Bostoniense, this course introduces teachers of Latin to theories of second language acquisition and engages them intensively in speaking and writing Latin.
Latin 575 – Living Text: Vergil’s Ecologues (3 graduate credits)
Designed for repeat attendees of the Conventiculum Bostoniense or other spoken Latin programs, this course engages the participants in intensive study of Vergil’s Eclogues.
Audit Option - This option is designed for international attendees, school teachers over the age of 60 or college faculty who would like to attend the Conventiculum but who do not need graduate credit for their participation.
Costs for 2009 have not yet been announced. 2008 fees were $1500 for credit/$800 for auditors, which includes room, materials, all entrance fees and several meals.
For further information, please visit Conventiculum Bostoniense, where you can view videos and projects from the 2008 Conventiculum, get answers to questions, and download application materials.