ERIC Number: ED216539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Communication Activities in Today's Latin Classroom or, The Romans Spoke Latin, So Why Can't We?
White, Carolyn Beach
A modern language or communicative approach to teaching Latin on the secondary level is described. The traditional content of grammar and reading from classical literature is taught, but the aspect of Latin as a medium of communication is emphasized throughout the five levels of Latin instruction. On the elementary levels, each day's lesson is introduced by a 3-minute presentation in Latin by the teacher, which is followed by questions for comprehension. On the intermediate levels, this activity is increased by two dimensions; all directions and comments on tests and papers are in Latin, and on Fridays only Latin is spoken in the classroom. For the advanced classes two more activities are added; on Mondays a list of 50 new words is distributed as the basis for the week's communication activities. On Fridays, in addition to the usual Latin conversation activities, students write in their journals for 15 minutes. The journals may be personal expressions of response or reaction to the week's activities, personal accounts, and/or attempts to imitate the style of the author they have been reading. Twice a year each class conducts an auction in Latin to finance the end-of-year Roman banquet. An important outcome of the method is increased personal communication between teacher and students. (AMH)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Communication Skills, Conversational Language Courses, Latin, Listening Comprehension, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Speech Communication, Student Participation, Student Teacher Relationship, Teaching Methods, Writing Exercises
Not available separately; see FL 012 917.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
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