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Tuesday, June 28 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
12B Authentic Engagement and Student Empowerment

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Educators often discuss how to get students engaged, but seldom question "engaged in what?" "The Latin (or Greek) language" is one answer that perhaps no one would dispute, but when classical language instruction focuses on modern life in order to generate enthusiasm, we risk exacerbating the tension (already felt by many teachers, whatever their preferred approach[es]) between the communication and culture standards. In this panel, we will first discuss not only how to leverage pre-existing interest in Greco-Roman culture into engagement with the language, but also how to use Latin to generate interest in the culture. Secondly, we will discuss strategies to give students more control over their own learning in order to overcome potential inhibitors and to develop the ability and desire to work independently, which facilitates the voluntary reading of engaging material that research has shown to benefit language acquisition.


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 →

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Ivy Livingston

Preceptor in the Classics, Harvard University

Melanie Stowell

Swanson Middle School

Tuesday June 28, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
San Jacinto Center Room 206

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