Dear Colleagues and Friends,
In this issue you will read about Bolchazy-Carducci’s Legamus Readers, about Classicists using twitter, about the musical CD Athens v Sparta, and about the recent APA/AIA convention. I have been on Twitter for about a year and I am a newbie over at Facebook. It seems that every day I see another classicist who joins Twitter or Facebook. I invite readers with a question or a comment about the Legamus Readers or anything else in this or recent eLitterae issues to twitter me at LeaAnn@twitter.com or to send me a message at LeaAnn Osburn at Facebook. If I cannot answer the question, I can at least direct you to who can. Any suggestions for articles you would like to read and/or write for eLitterae are also welcome tweets/messages. Enjoy this issue!
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers recently attended the 2010 APA/AIA Joint Meeting in sunny Anaheim, California. Lou, Marie, and Allan Bolchazy as well as Andrew Reinhard, our Director of eLearning, made up the BC contingent.
We introduced the latest additions to our BC Latin Reader Series, A Plautus Reader by John Henderson and A Sallust Reader, by Victoria Pagan. These readers, written by experts in the field, are designed for intermediate/advanced college Latin Students. Look for more readers to be published in the near future.
The Series Editor, Ronnie Ancona, received a teaching award at the meeting. Brava!
We are always delighted to see many of our authors at the meeting. We had a chance to talk with Hans Mueller, who is authoring an AP level Caesar text and co-authoring our Caesar Legamus Reader, and Debra Nousek, who is co-authoring our Caesar Workbook. Look for these texts to come out in the near future.
Speaking of Advanced Placement, the College Board will make an official announcement of their selections for AP Latin on September 20, 2010, regarding the addition of Caesar to the AP syllabus and changes to the Vergil selections. Bolchazy-Carducci is anxiously awaiting the announcement, as we feel it is very important for us to lead the way in providing essential new textbooks to meet new educational opportunities.
We are 10 years into the New Millennium, and while we debuted Latin for the New Millennium in 2008, this exciting new series is now complete (after all, Rome wasn’t built in one day). This brand new Latin Series offers a fusion approach of grammar and reading, and introduces students to Latin readings that span the Millennia.
Bringing Classics learning into the 21st Century, Andrew Reinhard provided demonstrations of many of our new and forthcoming eLearning products, including our new download site, iPodius.bolchazy.com, where you will find Latin audio, video, Living Voice of Greek and Latin Literature by Stephen Daitz, vocabulary flashcards and software downloads.
The Middle Child of Latin Instruction
High school Latin 3 or intermediate college Latin has many of the features of the middle child in a modern family. This middle level of instruction is not given the resources that the oldest child, namely the AP or advanced class, receives nor the care and attention bestowed upon the youngest child (introductory Latin). Until recently there were few textbooks for intermediate Latin instruction and those that did exist were either a compilation of passages selected from a variety of authors or a reader that focused on one author only with little help for the beginning reader. As a result many teachers put together a patchwork of what was taught at this level.
The formation of the Legamus Committee by Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers brought together a group of teachers from both high schools and universities with the purpose of discussing intermediate instruction in Latin, thus shining a light on the characteristics and needs of this previously neglected group of students.
Important characteristics of intermediate Latin learners are:
Important needs of intermediate Latin learners are:
As a result of the Legamus Committee’s work and relying heavily on their findings, a template was created for a new series designed specifically to meet the needs of transitional or intermediate Latin learners. Each book in this series, called the Legamus Transitional Readers, was co-authored by one college instructor and one high school teacher. The authors developed books for five authors of canonical importance: Vergil, Catullus, Horace, Ovid, and Cicero. These five are now in print and their teacher’s manuals will be available soon. In addition a Greek transitional reader of Plato is in print and a Caesar Legamus Reader is now in development.
Since each of these books focuses on one author and on the grammatical structures of that author, maximum flexibility is available for the instructor. The many variations that diverse instructors, different levels of schools, unusual combinations of student abilities, and differing length of a course create can all be met by choosing which Legamus reader and how many best suit the needs of the class.
At long last a series of books (and accompanying Teacher Guides) designed to meet the special needs of transitional learners are available for the middle child of Latin instruction. By using these books, students will be better prepared for advanced Latin classes and enrollment can be maintained. A chart of grammatical topics covered in each book in the series is available from Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers. (Click this link to view the chart: Grammar Reviewed in Bolchazy-Carducci Transitional Readers)
ATHENS v. SPARTA
By Andrew Reinhard
The late-20th and early-21st century created an entirely new lexicon of terms that have worked their way into the vernacular: Web 2.0, blog, Google (and google), wiki. One of the newer terms, “Twitter”, finds itself adopted by Latin teachers interested in communicating in another way with their students.
In 2006, Twitter (www.twitter.com) became the newest player in social networking media. While its contemporaries, Facebook and MySpace, became massive networks for friends to treat almost as a second home online, Twitter ran in the opposite direction, granting its users a mere 140 characters in which to post personal updates. These updates, called “tweets”, let users tell the world what they were up to several times a day. Other Twitter users could choose to “follow” their friends and colleagues through the website, or could opt to receive updates on their cellphones. These followers could even “tweet back” to a friend by using the “@” symbol in front of the name, followed by a personal message.
While tweets can be as mundane as telling your friends what you had for breakfast, thousands of people adopted Twitter to report breaking news, cite interesting websites, post images, and more. Educators also began to explore Twitter as a way to reach students past and present, and to stay connected with old students and with other teachers.
Classics has embraced Twitter (see the “Links” article that follows this one). Many teachers are tweeting either in Latin or about it, discussing pedagogy, technology, and Classics in the news. Dr. Dave Oosterhuis of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, tweeted with his students last year, asking questions in Latin or asking for English derivatives from Latin vocabulary that they were studying. Oosterhius is writing an article on his experience with Twitter which will likely be published later this year.
Twitter is being used by educators to tweet assignment and test reminders to their classes, and is being used for fun, too, in having brief dialogues with students in Latin. To protect one’s privacy, or to restrict students to reading only non-personal, class-related tweets, teachers create a “handle” (a Twitter username) to use with classes, and perhaps a second, private handle to use with friends and family.
Twitter accounts are free to have and to use and are available at Twitter.com. One can tweet and read tweets from others online or on a smartphone.
By Andrew Reinhard
Many, many Classics teachers, authors, and publishers are tweeting both in and about Latin and Greek. Here is a sampling should you choose to follow any/all of these people on Twitter. Click on a link below and then click the “Follow” button:
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