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December 2008 Blog Posts (13)

Latinum Update - New Years Day 2009

2009 marks an important milestone in Latinum's short 2 years online - today the 3 millionth audio file download was passed. I remember when I started the podcast, and twenty downloads a day was a big deal. Now, from 6,000 to 15, 000 audio file downloads a day is the norm. I am still uploading episodes from the Adler textbook. This takes time, and my uploading lags behind the content already recorded, but the task is nearing completion, and soon, after 2 years of almost daily effort, the entire… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on December 31, 2008 at 10:29pm — 5 Comments

Reception studies are vital.... :)

For facebook/reception studies lovers :)


Added by Anna Foka on December 28, 2008 at 8:55am — No Comments

Supporting Classical studies in Norway.

En protestsida mot att klassiska språk vid NTNU är lagt ner, delvis eller i sin helhet. Ska fungera som ett öppet forum med den avsikt att återupprätta gammalgrekiskt och latin vid NTNU.

Haec est pagina ablationem et partim et totaliter linguarum antiquarum disciplinae de Universitate Trondempnis querenda. sit forum apertum, cuius consilium, nobis Graecum Latiumque referantur.

ἥδ' εστὶ σελὶς διαμαρτυρομένη μὴ καταλῦσαι ἢ μέρος τ' ἢ παντελῶς τὴν ἐπιμέλειαν τῶν τῶν πάλαι… Continue

Added by Anna Foka on December 28, 2008 at 8:51am — No Comments

Childrens' Books in Latin

Following on a post by Laura Gibbs posted on Latinteach, about reading material in Latin, and comprehensible input, I have this to add:

One thing we need, to promote and advance Latin, are a large number of very basic childrens books, in Latin. Not enough of these exist. Books as basic as those produced for 2 and 3 year olds, mostly pictures, with only a few words. We need tens, hundreds, of books like these. I believe there would be a market for them, with parents who want to give… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on December 24, 2008 at 8:46am — 7 Comments

Looking at Latin Online Grammar Review Website Now Available

Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is pleased to announce the official launch of its new, Latin grammar review website, Looking at Latin Online.

Based on Anna Andresian's visual Latin grammar primer, Looking at Latin, the website contains 5,717 Andresian-authored questions on all aspects of Latin grammar, edited by LeaAnn Osburn and Don Sprague, and "adapted for the screen"… Continue

Added by Andrew Reinhard on December 18, 2008 at 10:37am — No Comments

University of Illinois-Chicago Classics under threat

I am posting this note that was sent to the Illinois Classics list yesterday on behalf of Dave Johnson, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale:

As many of you closer to Chicagoland than I here in deepest Southern Illinois have no doubt already heard, the Classics program at UIC is under threat:


We all… Continue

Added by Andrew Reinhard on December 16, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Counter-intuitive memory study

The results of this study are worth knowing about, especially to help kids learn vocab etc.


Even though forgetting is such a common occurrence, scientists have not reached a consensus as to how it happens. One theory is that information simply decays from our memory—we forget things because too much time has passed. Another idea states is that forgetfulness occurs when we confuse an item with other items that we have previously… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on December 15, 2008 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Please help evaluate online materials for new textbook

I'd like to ask for people's help in setting some priorities and strategies for the auxiliary materials I'm developing for my "Aesop's Fables in Latin" textbook (now listed as forthcoming at Bolchazy-Carducci - it will be out in January!). The book contains glossary and vocabulary lists and notes for each fable - but I'll be developing a wide range of materials online that were either too bulky to include in the book (detailed grammar commentary,… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on December 13, 2008 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Building a Virtual Latin Community Online

Building a Virtual Latin Community Online

An overview.

In early 2007, I started to investigate online Latin provision. It rapidly became apparent that the Classics community had been somewhat slow in taking full advantage of the newer aspects of the web. Some sites were excellent, such as the Cambridge Latin project, but this material could only be accessed by paying for it. There was a dearth of quality material available for free.

It was immediately evident that… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on December 13, 2008 at 7:29am — 5 Comments

First Annual Terence Awards for Best, Student-Created Latin/Classics Videos

eClassics is pleased to announce the first annual Terence Awards. These cash awards will be given to those junior high or high school students whose videos convey Classics in a way that is informative, entertaining, or both. Please read on for details:

Prizes: Cash prizes will be awarded for the categories of Best Picture ($100) and Best Use of Latin in a Film ($250). Winners will also have their videos featured on the eClassics main page for one month, and will also receive a plaque… Continue

Added by Andrew Reinhard on December 6, 2008 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Online course, with CE credits, on ancient epic and video games

Salvete! I'm so glad to be here! For the past few years I've been working at the strange interstices of classics and video games (see my blog for all the bizarre details). I've recently started, with scholars in several other disciplines, the Video Games and Human Values Initiative (see here).

In the immediate future--January, that is--I'll be leading an asynchronous online course, entitled "Living… Continue

Added by Roger Travis on December 2, 2008 at 11:08am — 3 Comments

Research with implications for Language Teaching

The piece of research below has implications for language teaching. I would suggest that language learning falls into the category of an area where abstract thought about the concepts is very important - and it would be interesting to do a controlled trial of students new to Latin, one given simple texts, the other thrown in at the deep end with a hard text, and subsequently given the simple texts and rules - but only after being exposed to higher level Latin texts or conversation… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on December 2, 2008 at 5:15am — 2 Comments

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