Quis sum? – Listening Activity

The winter months can be a rough time for teachers and students alike, so I thought I would share a simple and fun activity to break up the routine. The activity is called “Quis sum?” (Who am I?). Language teachers have been using versions of the this forever, but here is how I use it […]

The First 10 Minutes of Class

I have a challenge for you, and myself. Commit yourself to spending the first 10 minutes of class to talking to your kids in Latin. It doesn’t matter what about. It doesn’t even matter if they are responding in Latin! All that matters is that you are speaking to them in Latin, they understand what […]

Textbooks vs. Teaching

To teach the textbook or to teach Latin, that is the question facing CI Latin teachers around the world. Okay, teaching out of a textbook is not really teaching at all. It doesn’t matter what subject, grade or demographic you teach, teaching straight out of a textbook is not considered best practice. Unfortunately, however, many […]

On Alignment and Articulation

Here is a conversation that likely never has nor ever will occur: Surgeon #1: Hey. I have recently performed surgery on some of your former patients and I have started to notice some alarming trends. Surgeon #2: Oh no! Really? Like what? Surgeon #1: Well, they are all telling me that you gave them anesthesia […]

You Can’t Speak Latin in Here, This is Latin Class!

ACTFL recommends that 90% of all class time should be spent providing comprehensible input in the target language. This recommendation encounters resistance and hesitance from many traditional modern language teachers, so you can imagine the response fromĀ traditional Latin teachers. A typical grammar-translation Latin classroom includes closer to 0% target language usage than it does 90%. […]

An Unforeseen Challenge

Word has come down from above that I now must teach my 8th grade Latin classes straight out of a textbook and focus on explicit grammar teaching. So basically, my 8th grade classes have just been turned back into grammar-translation classes. My 7th grade CI classes remain intact, for now, butĀ I can’t say for how […]