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Monday, June 27 • 10:30am - 11:30am
5B2 Something Old, Something New: the Marriage of Renaissance Latin Pedagogy and Modern Second Language Acquisition (SLA) Theory

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The later Renaissance, especially the 16th and 17th centuries, was a bridge between the Medieval scholastic world replete with spoken Latin and the dawning Enlightenment perspectives that ushered in modern philology, culminating in the rise of Altertumswissenschaft and the Grammar/Translation approach. This session seeks to leverage the intermediary nature of that period to our benefit by examining educational theories for language teaching present in Renaissance Latin texts in the light of recent research in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theory. The objectives of this study are to (1) provide modern Latin teachers with some perspective on the history of Latin teaching, (2) analyze several prominent texts from the era and identify how their methodologies align (or don’t) with the current propositions of SLA theory, and (3) suggest, where possible, ways that we can adopt or adapt some of these ideas to meet the needs and concerns of the modern Latin classroom.

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Ivy Livingston

Preceptor in the Classics, Harvard University


Alan van den Arend

Graduate Student, University of Kentucky
I'm a graduate student at the University of Kentucky, with previous teaching experience at suburban high schools in NJ. I completed my BA in Classics from Cornell in 2010, was a fellow at the Academia Vivarium Novum from 2013-2014, and am currently pursuing my MA in Classics at UK, along with certifications in Latin Studies and Social Theory. My research interests focus on intellectual history and Latin reception, especially in the Neo-Latin... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
San Jacinto Center Room 206

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