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New Virtual Classroom launch on WiZiQ - Important notes


Added by Mark Cruthers on July 24, 2010 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Academic Language and Latin

The article below shows up yet another area where I expect…


Added by Latinum Institute on July 24, 2010 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Latin and Chemistry Textbooks

If you are interested in Latin and Chemistry, as I am ( I am a Chemistry teacher by profession), then this selection culled from google books might interest you.

Google books constantly amazes me - more and more Latin texts appear on google every day - we are very fortunate, I doubt at any point in history has anyone had access to such a complete and diverse library of texts in Latin, and we have it at the press of a few keystrokes.…


Added by Latinum Institute on July 18, 2010 at 10:31am — 4 Comments

One good reason for teaching grammar

Many English Speakers Cannot Understand Basic Grammar

ScienceDaily (July 6, 2010) — Research into grammar by academics at Northumbria University suggests that a significant proportion of native English speakers are unable to understand some basic sentences.

The findings -- which undermine the assumption that all speakers have a core ability to use grammatical cues -- could have significant implications for education, communication and linguistic theory.

The research, conducted by… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on July 6, 2010 at 5:47pm — 1 Comment

Achieving rounded fluency

Most students of Latin, in my estimation, have a very narrow band of fluency. The same may even be true of many Latin teachers, who struggle with texts that they have not prepared.

A question I have asked myself, is this: what does one need to do, to get 'broad-band, fully functional fluency?.

The answer is simple, of course - much reading. But reading what?

My solution is this - after completing an initial Latin…

Added by Latinum Institute on July 3, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Some evidence in support of a translation-based approach to language teaching

Second Language Learners Recall Native Language When Reading, Brain Research Suggests

ScienceDaily (June 1, 2010) — Adults fluent in English whose first language is Chinese retrieve their native language when reading in English, according to new research in the June 2 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. This study suggests that people who learn a second language in adolescence or later recall the sounds of words from their native language.

The scientists who conducted the… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on June 3, 2010 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Latinum Stats


Added by Latinum Institute on May 4, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Online Advanced Latin at UConn: needs?

We're continuing to develop the Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies program here at the University of Connecticut in order to make it possible to complete a degree online. One important step in that process is going to happen in Spring 2011, when I will offer UConn's first online Advanced Latin course. I'm hoping to get colleagues' help in figuring out what the best schedule is on which to offer the course: whether a regular spring semester course, a highly-compressed January or May… Continue

Added by Roger Travis on May 2, 2010 at 6:33am — No Comments

Sign Language Study Shows Multiple Brain Regions Wired for Language

An interesting study on morphology, and word order, and the parts of the brain activated when different types of sentences are used, will be of interest to Latin teachers.

Added by Latinum Institute on April 30, 2010 at 4:31am — No Comments


SALVETE! My new Latin reader, SCRIBBLERS, SCVLPTORS, AND SCRIBES, is due out this month, and Andrew said it'd be fine to post a notice; you can browse it here:


I'm pretty excited about it; here's the cover "blurb":



Added by rick lafleur on April 21, 2010 at 6:26pm — No Comments

The Death of NIng

Ning have just announced on their Developer Network that they are terminating their free service - the cut off date has not yet been given, but this will effectively kill Schola, and this site as well. I will, however, convert Schola to a Premium site, if there is no alternative way to keep it alive on Ning. This at present is $10 a month, the new pricing schedule has not been announced.

I am also currently looking into alternatives as a fail safe, and am making arrangements to…

Added by Latinum Institute on April 16, 2010 at 10:00am — 13 Comments

2010 Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation Published by APA/ACL

The American Philological Association (APA) and the American Classical League (ACL) jointly created and published the Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation in 2010. There is a small section listing sample online resources (eClassics is one of the three resources listed!). There is also a "Note on Technology" on page 17. From the Foreword:

"Teaching Latin is a noble calling… Continue

Added by Andrew Reinhard on March 31, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Recordings from Latinum

I've been continuing my work producing Latin recordings - which are available here .

My latest DVD is a recording of D'Ooge's edition of…

Added by Latinum Institute on March 26, 2010 at 5:45am — No Comments

British Library requests to archive Latinum

The long term survival online of the Latinum materials is now assured, (once I complete the paperwork granting permission) as the British Library has sent me a permission request to archive the site as part of its permanent digital collection.

Added by Latinum Institute on March 23, 2010 at 4:02pm — 1 Comment

Latinum a top-25 podcast?

I stumbled across this entry on podcast.com a podcast aggregating service - Latinum is in the top 25 podcasts listed on that site....hard to credit, really. Who would have thought?

Here is the list:

1.st CNN News Update

2nd BBC Global News

3rd Midwest Teen Sex Show

4th 60 Minutes Podcast - The Full Broadcast

5th Dictionary.com Word Explorer

6th ABC World News (Enhanced Video)

7th Face the Nation

8th BBC… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on March 23, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

Great Articles on Classics Majors Posted on Pyschologytoday.com

If you haven't seen this yet, check out this article entitled "Classics Majors Find their Future in the Past," by Katharine Brooks, Ed.D. created on March 3, 2010, published on psychologytoday.com. She wrote that "one impetus for this posting is that this week is Latin Teacher Recruitment Week."

The URL is http://psychologytoday.com/print/39052.

Check out her follow up post on March 4, 2010, "Branding and Marketing the Classics… Continue

Added by Zee Ann Poerio on March 13, 2010 at 6:24pm — No Comments

$125,000 Salary for Latin Teachers

Earn a $125,000 salary and join a team of master teachers at The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School, recently featured on the front page of the New York Times: (http://www.tepcharter.org/nytimes.php).…


Added by tepcharter on March 9, 2010 at 9:31am — No Comments

Online game-ed classics: a bit of press in the Chronicle

My current practomimetic (i.e. game) course in Horace's Roman odes, Satire 1.2, and Ovid's Amores and Ars Amatoria got a little mention on the Chronicle's "Wired Campus" blog.

I'm blowing my own cornu this way in order to make the even more shameless announcement that I've just finished putting together a… Continue

Added by Roger Travis on March 6, 2010 at 6:29am — No Comments

Greek Podcast

I am still working on the Greek Podcast - I have been meeting up with Thomas Vulpius in Schola's Locutorium most evenings - mainly to speak in Latin, but also to work with my Greek.
Thomas is one of the handful of people able to converse in Attic Greek. He uses the restored pronunciation outlined by Daitz. I have been reading with him, to work on my pronunciation, which as a result, is improving rapidly. I have now posted 5 lessons from…

Added by Latinum Institute on March 3, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week: March 1-5, 2010

It's National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week. March 1 - 5, 2010. Visit the NLTRW page on the NCLG website at http://promotelatin.org/nltrw.htm

This would be a great time to share the National Education Report VIDEO featured on the NCLG website which showcases the benefits of Classical studies and features some familiar faces.

You can view this 8 minute video on You Tube at…


Added by Zee Ann Poerio on February 28, 2010 at 11:31am — No Comments

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