CPL Panel

"Teaching Latin into the 21st Century"

CAMWS Southern Section
Baylor University
Waco, Texas

Saturday, October 31, 1998
9:30 A.M.

Moderator / Goal / Participants / Paper Descriptions

Tom Sienkewicz, Chair of CAMWS Committee for the Promotion of Latin
Monmouth College
Monmouth, Illinois

The goal of this panel is to address a variety of pedagogic issues and challenges raised by contributors to Richard LaFleur's Latin for the 21st Century (Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley, 1998). Some of the topics which panelists intend to address are: teaching methodologies, the special challenges of teaching Latin in the middle school and to student with special needs and learning disabilities, and the use of technologies in the Latin classroom. Participants will offer lots of practical advice and suggestions and members of the audience will also be encourage to share their experiences.

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Willie Lovejoy
Adjunct Professor
Edison Community College
Ft. Myers, Florida
Nancy Granducci
Latin Teacher
Odgen High School
Ogden, Utah
LeaAnn Osburn
Barrington High School
Barrington, Illinois
Ginny Lindzey
Texas Classical Association

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Description of Papers

"Grammar and Translation : Is there a "perfect" approach?"

Willie Lovejoy

Many beginning classes in Latin either take the grammar-translation or reading approach. Experience shows that whether at the high school or college level there is no set procedure for methodology. What does set teaching style? Can one method be more natural in design? What about the prevalent problem in dealing with deficient skills in native English language and grammar? Latin is taking a leading role in two languages: Latin and English. These concerns and others will be discussed as well as manageable techniques introduced.

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"Projects, Manipulatives, and Games for the Middle School Classroom"

Lea Ann Osburn

The differing intellectual, social-emotional, and physical growth patterns for transescents in the middle school grades necessitates that a great variety of activities be provided within one class period. This presentation will focus on three types of activities. Hands-on projects related to Roman daily life and culture as well as manipulatives and learning games are popular with middle school students and provide transescents with an opportunity for movement within the classroom. Several of each type will be described and how to integrate them into the Latin curriculum will be addressed.

"Inclusive Education and the Latin Class"

Ginny Lindzey

It is nothing new to have students who have difficulty in modern language classes to show up in a Latin class. It is also nothing new to the Latin teacher to recognize that Latin can be beneficial to students even if they do not master the language itself. But new to the Latin classroom are students with a multitude and variety of learning or emotional disabilities. A variety of issues dealing with inclusive education, particularly focusing on best teaching strategies, productive ARD meetings/IEPs, teacher rights/student rights, and creating support structures will be addressed and a list of resources available to teachers will be provided.

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"Technology and the Teacher"

Nancy Granducci

As schools continue to pour more money into technology, we need to keep in mind that (with the exception of a few well-designed Computer Assisted Instruction programs), technology does not teach students. It is a teacher who has learned to use technology who teaches students with these new machines and the methods they demand or make possible. One cannot simply pick up a lesson that worked well with chalk or overhead and plug it into a distance learning classroom. I will focus on ways to transform regular classroom lessons using distance learning technology. Current research shows that learning through distance education does not have to be a diminished learning experience. A good teacher who designs the course carefully, can become better via distance learning; a bad teacher becomes worse. Both course content and process need to be carefully redesigned to maximize the strengths of distance learning, and minimize the problems.

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