Saturday, February 21, 2009

Conventiculum Bostoniense Full Immersion Latin Language Seminar

The Conventiculum Bostoniense is a total immersion residential seminar designed and run professors of Latin with the cooperation of a research professor in the field of Second Language Acquisition. In addition, the Conventiculum Bostoniense is the venue for two full-fledged graduate-level courses with academic credit offered by UMass Boston.

This seminar 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. Participants will enhance and develop their own abilities to express themselves in Latin, both in speaking and writing, and at the same time will explore various ways to employ active Latin in the classroom to enhance the learning experience of their students. After the first evening’s arrival and orientation session, participants will speak Latin exclusively with one another and the faculty for seven days. 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, including sessions focused on oral expression or prose composition, opportunities for social interaction (particularly at meals and in the dormitories), and excursions to the beach and local attractions, including museums and a brewery or winery.

For many more details, please visit this website:

Lingua Latina Resurgens

There's an interesting essay entitled Latin Rising, explaining the resurgence of Latin and and the popularity of the Latin Mass (especially among young families) as a reconnection to unity and universality on The Catholic Thing.

Friday, February 20, 2009

New England Classical Newsletter - February 2009 Issue Now Online!

Be sure to visit the Classical Assocation of New England site to download a free copy of Canens, the New England Classical Newsletter. Even if you don't live in New England and even if you don't belong to CANE, you're sure to enjoy the feature article on Podcasting and the Classics (accompanied by a nice list of podcasts available to download free from iTunes) as well as a classroom activity, the old Roman game Rota, complete with rules and 2 reproducible game boards, plus some scanned clip art! The editors of Canens hope that you'll consider joining CANE and receiving the New England Classical Journal.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Dorothy Sayers and the Teaching of Latin

Those of you who are familiar with Dorothy Sayers and her essay "The Lost Tools of Learning" will enjoy reading the transcript of her Summer 1952 presentation to the Association foR Latin Teaching at the Ley's School in Cambridge, UK, entitled "Ignorance and Dissatisfaction" which ArLT has recently made available.

In this address, Ms. Sayers relates her many years of study of the the Latin language. She shares her own experiences learning Latin grammar and attempting to read the Classical authors and wonders what might have been if only her teachers had been more imaginative and if she'd had the opportunity to read medieval works. She concludes with some "constructive suggestions" regarding methodology and materials. You may not agree with everything she has to say, but it is a thought-provoking article and well worth reading.

Excellence Through Classics for Elementary and Middle School Students

The Excellence Through Classics Committee of the American Classical League has created a new Yahoo email discussion group, ETClassics to focus discussion and ideas on teaching Classics to middle school and elementary school students. This new list is dedicated to exploring methodologies, activities, and theories that can be applied to Classics-related courses at the middle school and elementary levels.

Topics will include articulation of Latin and Greek through the grades, activities for mythology, culture, and language acquisition, language and general teaching methodologies, Classics promotion, and general teaching support for and from peers.

The goal of this group is open sharing of ideas and thoughts related to teaching the Classics in the lower grades.

If you are interested in joining ETC: Classics in Middle and Elementary, please use the following address:

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Draft Standards for Latin Teacher Training and Certification

The American Classical League and American Philological Association have released a draft copy of the new Standards for Latin Teaching and Certification. You may find a copy of this document on the front page of the ACL Website. The ACL and APA hope that these standards will eventually be used by state and local certification authorities and school boards as well as by schools of education and teacher training programs as they develop programs to train Latin teachers for certification. The ACL and APA plan to present a revised document at the 2009 ACL Institute, which will be held from June 26-28, 2009, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

Pompeiiana Vivit...Online!

Euge! Pompeiiana!

Many Latin teachers and students fondly remember the Pompeiiana Newsletter, which was published by Professor Bernard Barcio of Butler University, Indiana, from 1974-2003. Each issue featured news, comics, artwork, stories, games and puzzles in Latin, written by and for junior and senior high school Latin students.

The rights to all 227 issues of Pompeiiana have been granted by Professor Barcio to Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, who are now presenting one issue per day for the next 227 days at the Pompeiiana Newsletter blog!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Buffalo Spoken Latin Workshop

Conventiculum Buffaloniense will take place at the University of Buffalo, SUNY, from June 26-28, 2009. This spoken Latin workshop has two goals: to supplement the previous year's program by increasing participants’ familiarity with spoken Latin while continuing to offer an experience suitable for newcomers, as well as providing a forum for the discussion of spoken Latin pedagogy. More details are available at the Classical Association of Western New York website.

See the sidebar of this blog for other Conventicula to be held throughout the United States in 2009.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Podcasting and the Classics 2009 Now Available for Listening

Podcasting and the Classics, a collection of recorded panel talks from the 2009 American Philological Association's annual meeting, are now available online for download. Podcasting and the Classics is sponsored by the outreach committee of the APA.

This series of talks is available as a free download from Itunes. You will need to have the free iTunes software from Apple, which is available for both PCs and Macs. You may download each episode individually or subscribe to the full series. There is no charge.

For more information, visit the Podcasting and the Classics Blog.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Need Some Ideas for Valentine's Day?

Visit the Kentucky Educational Television Latin Distance Learning website! There you'll find Valentine's expressions in Latin, perfect for creating cards to share and exchange, as well as love myths from Greek, Roman and world mythology (most in English, but one in Latin, with vocabulary key and English translation), some Valentine's day trivia, links to some clip art, and a crossword puzzle! This is definitely a site that you must bookmark!

Also be sure to visit Rosa Latina, where Rose Williams has placed a collection of her holiday material. Here you'll find the Roman origins of Valentine's Day, a spring song of Love in Latin, as well as one of Catullus' famous poems.

Not Latin or Classics-related, but too cute are these do-it-yourself Heart-shaped Paper Clips! Get yourself a cheap multi-pack of colored clips at your favorite, local office supply store.

Announcing the Iris Festival, London (UK), June 2009

Coming this summer, the Iris Festival is a free, three-day festival celebrating the Classics and Greek drama! It will be held 17-19 June 2009 at the Scoop, City Hall, London, UK. Plays and performances will be presented by students from six inner London state-funded schools. The tentative schedule includes a double bill of Greek comedy by Aristophanes (the Birds and the Clouds), readings of classical poetry in translation and in Latin, and a Classical tragedy (possibly Euripides' Bacchae) performed by sixth form (equivalent to junior and senior level in the American high school system).

In addition, there will be activities (mosaic and mask making, storyboarding myths, etc.) for families to enjoy in the area alongside the venue.

To find out more, please visit the Iris Project to find out more about the different initiatives this wonderful organization sponsors in order to promote Classics for all students, regardless of background. The director of the Iris Project is Lorna Robinson, who has just published a new book, Cave Canem, a delightful compendium and commentary featuring Latin words and phrases.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Medusa Mythology Exam Registration Deadline Very Soon!

Just a reminder that Medusa Mythology Exam registrations are due Friday, February 14. The Medusa Exam is open to all students in grades 6-12. The format is a multiple-choice format with 50 questions (in English), and students have 40 minutes to complete the exam. The exam is administered during the week of March 23-27, with some alternative dates possible if there are conflicts with school schedules. Teachers may administer this exam to their own students.

This year's theme is Adventures on the High Seas featuring questions about the voyages of Jason and the Argonauts, Theseus, Odysseus and Aeneas. Questions will focus specifically on the events that take place during the sea voyage part of the myths.

A full syllabus is posted on the Medusa Mythology Exam website.