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A question for those in the field: High School Latin teacher
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jocelyn Demuth Jun 3, 2009.


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Jocelyn Demuth replied to Phillip Ray's discussion A question for those in the field: High School Latin teacher
"I am a high school Latin teacher. I did not major or minor in Latin in college. In fact, I didn't take any Latin in college at all. I taught latin I and II for many years based upon having taken Latin 7-12 and both AP classes . Later I went…"
Jun 3, 2009

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Colorado Springs
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I've been hooked on latin ever since my Junior Year of high school(3 years ago) Not much, I know. I signed up for latin every year of highschool, but only recieved it my final two years. (too many students? not likely) One of the first things I set out to do after graduation was thicken my Latin, I bought Wheelocks, and some other books, and, though I wasn't on a regular study basis for a while, and wasn't in school, I continued my study of Latin. In the last half a year of so I've returned to vigorous study, and have continued to excell. I'm not sure how good I am officially, but I'd say I could most definitly pass college level Latin I with flying colors and breeze through Latin II (pure estimation based on the idea that beginners level I & II are equivalent to high school latin years I, II, II, IV, which may be totally wrong) I'm currently trying to move on from the grammatical and 'transverbalizeing' aspect, which is beaten so efficiently into my head that I find myslef blurting out rule whilst I'm in embarrassing situations (i.e. weddings, funerals, etc...), on to a vocal and aural aspect. I can translate sure, but I want to be able to read, in latin, without my brain vomitting out english equivalents, and appriciat the latin, recognize the latin, and be reading latin, not translating it. This runs concatenate with my mission to speak latin, thus the vocal and aural practice. Hmm, what else is there, I'm going to college, this is my first year, and guess what! No latin! not this first semester at least. I'm going in as a History major to be a teacher (unfortunately the Classics Major is not available, but I've shed my tears for this) with a minor in Classics. My overall mission is to be a latin/ancient history teacher in highschool. I have to do what I can to help save the tradition of teaching the classics to the youth, and purhaps I can touch some young kid the way my highschool latin teacher Dr. Schott touched me (Between me and you, he's probably my hero, but I'm sure he has no idea). Well I suppose if thats not enough it ought to be. -Pax
Favorite on-line spots for the Classics:
LATINUM at latinum.mypodcast.com
SCHOLA at http://schola.ning.com/ (I hope I didnt just speak the name of the enemy?)
And The Latin Library, http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/

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