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Teaching with a BA [11 Oct 2007|09:03am]


I'm a senior about to graduate in May with a BA in Classics and a BA in history. I don't know for sure yet whether I want to teach Latin in secondary schools or go on to the college level, and I was considering taking a year or two off to see how teaching really is. I've been tutoring forever (since I started taking Latin in high school) but no real experience in a classroom. I keep hearing that it is possible to find jobs in private schools teaching with only a BA and no certification. Is that realistic? How do I even start (finding openings, tailoring my resume, interviewing...)? I hear about being hired "as long as you're working on getting certified" but how do you get certified exactly? I know it depends on the state, but I mean even in general, what kinds of programs are there for certification (summer? year long? part time? what?)?

Sorry if I sound naive (I am) or confused (I am). Any help you all can offer would be super. Oh, I'm in New England and staying here would be preferable, but it's not necessary. Thank you!
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Latin textbooks [02 Apr 2007|04:59pm]

[ mood | excited ]

I know this has come up before, but im looking for some general as well as specific information. I'm going to be teaching the intro Latin sequence for my university next year, and the department leaves everything from book to syllabus up to me with very little input. This is great, but a bit daunting. I taught at the high school level for two years, but the thought of a whole college classroom to myself is a bit different. What i am interested i knowing is, from those of you who teach two semester sequences of introductory Latin at the university level:

1) what book/combination of books do you use and why?

2) do you use a supplementary workbook or create your own supplementary worksheets if need be?

3) have any of you used an intensive Latin textbook, spaced out over a year, and used the extra time to dive into some text? someone suggested this to me, and i like the idea, but i also dont want to stray away from the norm if there is no one else who does this.

4) any additional advice you have on ordering materials (i have to do this asap) or on websites that i should be aware of as i design my course would be much appreciated.

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[10 Jan 2006|04:03pm]

Any decent links on teaching word order in Latin poetry? My AP class is floundering.
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Hi! [17 Nov 2005|05:04pm]

Hi there!

My name is Emily, and I am a Junior Classics Major/Education minor at Bryn Mawr College. I help out at a nearby private school, where I work with a class of Latin II students.

I Love Latin very much and hope to teach once I graduate from college.

Just saying hi:-)

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Medieval Philosophy [01 Nov 2005|07:14pm]

Is this a suitable place to discuss problems with translating Medieval Latin? I'm not a teacher, which the rules say you must be, and I occasionally have translation problems, which the rules say you can't submit.

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Ave, CAESer! [30 Sep 2005|04:49pm]

Is anyone going to CAES in October?
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Annus Novus Latinus. [13 Sep 2005|08:33pm]

I've got a number of classes this semester.

I've got three classes of seventh graders and I'm using >First Latin. Does anyone have any comments about this textbook. I've inherited this one so I don't have a choice. It seems okay for an intro "So just who ARE the Romans?" sort of thing.

I also am teaching Ecce II to high schoolers and I've got an AP course on Catullus. I've never taught AP nor Catullus. Help! We're just doing major review right now on declensions and verbs. Any advice would be nice.

Also, are there any members of CAES here?
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NLE/NME [09 Sep 2005|11:41am]

Do any of you do the National Latin Exam or the National Mythology Exam? Should I? Why or why not?

(One of my worries with the NLE is that I teach middle school...would I be able to find levels of the NLE that give my students appropriate chances of success? We have 3 years of Latin here but it's not as fast-paced as a high school course might be.)
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HELP! [11 Aug 2005|12:10pm]

Does anyone know which colleges/universities in New York City offer the Alternative Teacher Preparation Program for Latin certification? I need to know IMMEDIATELY. Any help would really be appreciated.
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hi i'm new [01 Aug 2005|11:39pm]

[ mood | curious ]

i haven't taken a latin class since highschool. i graduated in 2002. i haven't been practicing my latin. i go to the community college in san antonio, tx and i just changed my major to classical studies and their latin classes are only offered online. i still have one more year to finish before i can tranfer to the university. so, anyways, i was wondering anyone from s.a.?

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Errors in Text? [30 Jul 2005|01:34pm]

Greetings folks. I decided to teach myself Latin and I am so glad I have started to do this. It's wonderful.

The book I am using is Latin Made Simple by Rhoda Hendricks and revised by Lisa Padol. Published in 1992.

The format is terrific. Occasionally, I notice there are errors in the book. I write too, so I do know that it can be difficult to complete a work without any errors at all. However all errors are not equal. If I write a political book, a typo is not as dangerous as a typo in a language book. Most of the time, I am able to catch the mistakes.

When in doubt, I find it useful to compare one book to another book. Hendricks and Padol's book is particularly confusing when I compare its neuter id declension to the one in Beginner's Latin by G.D.A. Sharpley.

In Hendricks and Padol (page 101):, id is declined as follows:

N id ea
G eius eorum
D ei eis or iis
A eum eos
A eo eis or iis

In Sharpley (page 184), it is declined as follows (note I moved around the order cases in order to be consistent with the above one):

N id ea
G eius eorum
D ei eis
A id ea
A eo eis

The discrepancy is the accusative case: In the first book it is "eum, eos", and the second book it "is id, ea"
Page 114 of Hendricks and Padol is particularly confusing because when it discusses the use of these pronouns with "dem", it first refers to it as idem, eadem, idem", then it refers to it as "isdem, eadem, idem". Then it refers to them as "idem, eadem, idem" So what is the deal? What is the correct declension for these pronouns.

It's frustrating to put effort into learning something to only find out you learned it wrong through no fault of your own! So hopefully someone can put this matter to rest for me.
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Subject Matter Competency [25 Jun 2005|03:04pm]
I'm about to be a senior in Classics, focusing on Latin and am looking into becoming a high school teacher. My original plan was to get an MA and credential at the same time, but at the moment the prospect of two or more years of schooling right now seems somewhat daunting, so I was wondering how hard it would be for me to get credentialed right out of undergrad. I understand I have to take a training program and the CBEST and demonstrate "subject matter competency," which is done easily enough in most subjects, but Latin does not have a test. So, I understand they generally just evaluate your transcripts. My question is, what would be considered sufficient for competency in California (where I intend to teach) or any other state for that matter?

Just to let you know, I've taken 3 years of Latin, and am going to take one more semester next year in which we'll translate unknown amounts of Propertius, plus translate all of the sections on the gods in Lucretius for my thesis (about 562 lines). I've gone through Wheelock's, translated several poems of Catullus (I'd say about 10 of the shorter ones... I've lost the syllabus, unfortunately), most of the Pro Caelio (all but about 10 sections), Book VI plus selections of the Aeneid, the first 20 lines of the Metamorphoses, the Apollo and Daphne story, Diana and Actaeon, Arachne and Minerva, Tereus and Procne (not in its entirety), and the conclusion, about 26 chapters of Apuleius' Golden Ass (I think... lost the syllabus again), 30 chapters of Sallust's Bellum Catilinae, 37 chapters of the Bellum Iugurthinum, and the orations of Lepidus and Philippus and letters of Pompey and Mithridates from Sallust's Histories.
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[14 Jun 2005|05:01pm]
My friend and I attend a high school where Latin is not taught. She has never taken the language before, and I took Latin I in middle school. The two of us are writing a petition in the form of a persuasive essay (And signatures, of course.) We're trying to gather as many benefits as possible from Latin as a part of the curriculum, and are turning to the internet (you) to help us expand on the ideas we already have!


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Save Latin at this high school! [11 May 2005|07:24am]

I took my first Latin course nearly 10 years ago and I hear my high school is currently trying to cancel a third year Latin course, so they can make room for science/math/business and other more "practical" courses. This is ridiculous. The decision will be made Friday and we need as much support as possible.

Please read more about it here:

And take the time to sign the petition here and be sure to add comments on how Latin has been important in your life / why it should be kept:

If you could spread the URL and get everyone you know to sign this, it would be much appreciated! Thanks for your support everyone!
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Salvete, Magisteri [27 Feb 2005|05:37pm]

[ mood | optimistic ]

Hey there,

I'm Rebecca, and I was just accepted into the Umass Amherst MAT Program yesterday!! I'm so excited, I can't wait to be teaching. I'll graduate from Smith College with a Classics degree in May and from there it's off to Umass. I have a particular love for Roman comedy and Augustan poetry, so I plan on studying Plautus, Ovid, Virgil, Propertius, and Catullus pretty extensively for the next couple years. Has anyone else graduated from this program? Thoughts?

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[27 Feb 2005|01:32pm]

A bunch of our students are going to DC on a class trip soon. I'm sure there must be all sorts of wonderful neo-classical architecture I could warn them to be on the lookout for, if I remembered any of the buildings in DC. Or knew much of anything about architecture. Yeah. So...anyone have any lesson ideas, resources, etc. I could use to give them a bit of an architectural preview?
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[26 Feb 2005|09:40pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]


I have some experience teaching Latin, and consider myself an enthuiast rather than an expert. I'm always looking to improve my skills and chat with people about Latin. I'm just starting to haunt LJ, and am impressed by the breadth of interest here. I actually have tried to start a little latin reading group on LJ, which hopefully will work out.

Look forward to visiting.


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An Introduction [14 Feb 2005|01:36pm]

Hi. I just found this community a few days ago and I am interested. I am currently completing my second year of university-level Latin at Concordia University in Montreal. Next year, I will hopefully be doing a Master's program at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, which has a very intensive, compulsory Latin program.

I have been a teaching assistant, though not for Latin, and I intend to become a professor at the college or university level, which may include teaching Latin. As well, I am part of a medieval re-creation society in which I have been using some of my newfound Latin skills.

I look forward to interacting with all of you.
-- Julie
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translation speed [11 Feb 2005|08:45am]

Any ideas for increasing people's translation speed? In particular one of my honors students -- despite being fairly bright and very hardworking (as you might expect of an honors student) -- is alarmingly slow.

Or, on a related note, what are the reasons you have found for people being slow translators? (This particular student clearly hasn't memorized a lot of the grammatical charts well enough, but I don't think that's the only thing going on.)
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Question about textbooks [03 Feb 2005|09:51pm]

I figure a forum full of Latin Teachers is probably the best place to ask this question. I am looking for a good introductory college-level Latin textbook for the purpose of independent study. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. I have bought a few, but have not been completely pleased with any of them. Here's the list of ones I have:

Wheelock's Latin: Thorough, but not the easiest to understand (the author writes like he's from 50 years ago, which he is).

Our Latin Heritage: Organized really wierd; doesn't even go over pronunciation at the beginning, yet somehow expects people to sing along with the little songs in the first chapter.

Ecce Romani: Easy to understand, but seems to be written for children; would this even be appropriate for college-level study?

Latin Via Ovid: Not as thorough or well-organized as Wheelock's, but engaging and infinitely easier to understand. Not sure if is good for learning Latin Grammar.

English Grammar for Students of Latin: Written by the Latin Via Ovid people, may help fill in the holes left behind by LVO. Since my English grammar isn't so hot, this might be very useful.

(Just to let you know why I'm putting so much effort into learning latin in the first place: I have a B.A. in Classics, and I am applying for the M.A. in Latin at my alma mater. Unfortunately, I haven't taken latin in 2 years, and then only one class. I'm trying to become a Latin Teacher)
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