A Pre-conference Practicum | June 15, 2021


With Tim Griffith, Karen Moore, and Marcus Foster

View PDF: Latin Practicum Description and Schedule

The 2021 Latin Practicum, hosted by the Institute for Classical Languages, is a series of hands-on workshops, offered by experienced mixed-methodology Latin instructors and administrators, designed especially for both teachers and administrators.

In the last decade or so Latin teaching has largely polarized into two methodologies: the natural method (which favors speaking and writing Latin) and the grammar-translation method (which favors chanting endings systematically, analysis, and translation). This division, however, did not always exist. In the centuries that produced the most successful formal Latin education, students were taught to speak, write, and read Latin as well as analyze it grammatically and translate it into their native tongue (or sometimes even into ancient Greek).

The vision of the ACCS Institute for Classical Languages is to bring this kind of robust mixed methodology back to the teaching of ancient languages in our schools–not merely because we believe it produces better readers of ancient texts, but because we believe it produces better readers in general, better thinkers, better problem-solvers, and better communicators.

New Teachers
❏ Learn experienced pedagogy/content
❏ Find direction for instruction
❏ Build mixed method toolkit

Experienced Teachers
❏ Discover new activities/strategies
❏ Refine pedagogy/content
❏ Explore enrichment

Admin/Lead Teachers
❏ Steward programs/growth
❏ Refine curriculum/assessment
❏ Encourage stakeholders
❏ Troubleshoot challenges

Attendees will be able to choose from a number of workshops, so they will be able to focus on topics and skills that interest and benefit them most. Additionally, participants are encouraged to visit breakouts from the different tracks and are free to enter/exit mid session. Here i s a list of planned workshops.


Active Latin: Grammar-Translation Admin/Leadership:
1:00-1:20 Welcome, Orientation, Introductions
1:30-2:30 Session 1 Direct Method Grammar
2:45-3:45 Session 2 Direct Method Vocab Sight Reading1 Symptoms of Healthy Programs
4:00-5:00 Session 3 Oral Composition Poetry Scansion Lateral Entry

Dinner break
6:15-7:15 Session 4 Games
7:30-8:30 Session 5 Comp. by Imitation2 Hard Sentences Assessment
8:35-9:00 Wrap-up and Resources

Session Descriptions

Direct Method Vocab Target Level: ALL
Would you like to l earn how to introduce vocabulary to your students in a way that is more permanent, more accurate, and more fun? This workshop is a demonstration of how to teach vocabulary by guiding students to use new words directly–through direct method illustrated examples and composition.

Direct Method Grammar Target Level: ALL
Want to get students to pay attention to endings? This workshop i s a demonstration of how to use direct method illustrated examples to get students to focus on the meaning of endings.

Oral Composition Target Level: ALL
Spoken Latin i n the classroom does not have to be the Wild West! This workshop will show how to get students speaking Latin grammatically and systematically–while loving it.

The Games Circuit Target Level: ALL
Play is an important part of the l earning process as it engages various parts of the brain in reviewing concepts, while at the same time breaking down barriers as students relax and enjoy language. This session invites teachers to play together as we engage in a variety of classroom games that teachers can easily reproduce in classrooms for any level of Latin instruction

Building a Cohesive Reading Lesson Target Level: Intermediate
This session uses Part 1 as a foundation for an imitation i n writing exercise which engages students more deeply with an original passage both i n content and style. This lesson also doubles as a guided introduction to Latin composition. This session provides a template for similar compositions. Attendees can attend just one of this paired set or both, but together they are a powerful dynamic duo for reading and composition.

Tackling Hard Sentences Target Level: ALL
As soon as weaker students see a hard sentence, they seem to forget everything they have l earned and start guessing. This workshop shows how to get students to stop guessing and use their knowledge of grammar to understand the sentence.

Sight Reading for Beginners Target Level: Intermediate
Sight Reading can be a bit daunting for those beginning to read authentic Latin texts. This seminar will break this exercise down i nto some simple steps that warm the students’ mind toward the reading, reduce the intimidation factor, and guide them through the j oy and excitement of reading a compelling original story by a classical author. This session also sets the stage for Part 2: Imitation i n Writing. Attendees can attend just one of this paired set or both, but together they are a powerful dynamic duo for reading and composition.

Introduction to Poetry Target Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Poetry i s an essential part of the canon of classical literature, and a genre that should be a part of every Latin curriculum. In this session we will engage i n a delightful and engaging introduction to Latin poetry, with a focus on meter and scansion, that will serve you and your students well i n the classroom.

Lateral Entry Target Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Are transfer students an important growth potential for your school? Curious how Latin/Languages programs on-board students of varying abilities? This seminar-style workshop will consider different solutions to challenging scenarios enabling all participants to contribute and glean from the conversation.

Assessment Target Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Want to improve your tests & quizzes? Considering adding projects to your curriculum? Interested i n ways of lessening the gap between your advanced and struggling students i n the same class? This workshop will provide you with structures and examples of improving the ways you hold your students accountable and assess their understanding more effectively.

Symptoms of Healthy Latin Programs Target Level: ALL
How can you be sure that your (teachers’) classroom routines are promoting good language l earning? How can you litmus test a program? What are some immediately implementable tweaks that encourage long term growth amidst faculty and students alike? This workshop will showcase practices that contribute to student and teacher growth for lead teachers and administrators to use to evaluate and improve classroom culture.

Timothy Griffith is a Fellow of Classical Languages at New Saint Andrews College. He oversees the College’s Latin program and coordinates the national Phaedrus Latin Composition Contest. He joined the College faculty in 2007 after receiving his M.A. in Classical Languages in 2002 at the University of Kentucky. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in classics at the University of Florida. His Master’s degree at the University of Kentucky was in active (or spoken) Latin. Mr. Griffith and his wife, Casey, have four children.

Karen T. Moore is the classical chair at Grace Academy of Georgetown, nestled deep in the heart of Texas. Karen has taught Latin for more than twenty years in a variety of settings. She currently teaches classical language and ancient humanities at Grace Academy, where she built the third through twelfth grade classical language program. She is also the director for Grace Academy’s senior tour of Italy, guiding students through the wonders of Rome, Naples, and Florence. Karen is the co-author of the Libellus de Historia and Latin Alive series, including the Latin Alive Reader: Literature from Cicero to Newton, published by Classical Academic Press. Most recently she has published Hancus ille Vaccanis, the Latin interpretation of The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog with Logos Press. Karen also serves as the vice-president of the ACCS Institute for Classical Languages and the project manager for the CLT-Latin Proficiency Exam. She holds a BA in classics from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently pursuing an MSc in classical art and archaeology with the University of Edinburgh. She and her husband, Bryan, are the proud parents of three Grace Academy alumni. When not engaged in classical literature, Karen can be found in her garden, hiking with her family, or exploring Italy with her students.

Marcus Foster graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Classics in 2000. He worked with youth in Berlin, Germany for 5 years, part of which was also spent studying theology at Humboldt Universität. He completed a M.Hum. in Classics/Theology from the University of Dallas in 2011. Marcus has taught Latin for 14 years (among other subjects) at Covenant Classical School (Fort Worth, TX) and currently chairs the languages department. He and his wife, Julie, are blessed with three beautiful daughters and one strapping son.