Students coming for this course have often found their soon-to-be employers willing to pay the fee.
In short, the course is designed to deliver the bottom line on how Latin is assessed at GCSE and above, and how we might best prepare the students for this. It is not intended as “teacher training” in a more general sense. Although the course is led by a tutor there will be plenty of emphasis on interactive discussion and the participants getting used to producing ideas and resources of their own, as they will have to in school.
This course will include components such as:
- A whistlestop tour from start to finish of the Cambridge Latin Course, tracing the storyline, grammatical progression and the course’s philosophy – we are not here to evangelise the CLC but it is important to acquire a working knowledge of how it operates, given how widely it is used in our schools.
- Uses of ICT in Latin teaching with particular focus on the Cambridge Schools Classics Project website and e-resources.
- Ideas for introducing and teaching the main grammatical constructions found at GCSE.
- Prescribed texts at GCSE and A Level – translation but also discussion of how we prepare pupils and the sorts of questions they will face in an exam. As far as possible, texts will be chosen which people actually have to teach the following year.
- General coverage of how OCR and WJEC Latin is examined at each level.
We also appreciate that some graduates’ school and university experiences will have had rather more emphasis on the language than others. Therefore if there are enough people for more than one group, setting will be based entirely on prior linguistic experience to enable the most appropriate pace for everyone.