Lucia, Puella Mala

I am currently working on updating information about Latin reading materials so be aware as you look at my self directed reading page. I have to be honest; as I start reading Lucia, Puella Mala that I'm skeptical based on the title.  This comes from a father of 3 girls, the oldest being 7, who … Continue reading Lucia, Puella Mala

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Pluto: fabula amoris – An introduction to Classical mythological characters for the Novice reader.

Pluto:  fabula amoris by Rachel Ash and Miriam Patrick is a must add to a free volunteer or self directed reading library.  It is affordable and also has a teacher's guide. Students' feedback is that Pluto:  fabula amoris is more difficult than the Rufus titles from the Pisoverse.  My assumption is that is mostly because of a … Continue reading Pluto: fabula amoris – An introduction to Classical mythological characters for the Novice reader.

Self Directed Reading (FVR) observations

Today students turned in Self Directed Reading Log sheets with 22 reading sessions logged.  We started the semester reading for 5 minutes twice a week.  We are now reading for 8 minute sessions.  I'm happy with the progress and overall students are progressing and demonstrating what they are understanding.  Here are a few observations from … Continue reading Self Directed Reading (FVR) observations

What is communication?

Lately, a lot of conversation about Bill Van Patten's ideas about tasks in the language classroom has popped up in different teaching for acquisition groups, specifically on Facebook.  The idea seems to be that we must create reasons for students to communicate in the language in the classroom.  A task offers a student a reason to … Continue reading What is communication?

2 ways to facilitate partner reading

When I taught with a grammar laden syllabus I struggled finding ways to get students to read.  Everything we did seemed completely dependent upon me and I always felt it was a waste of time as few students seemed to make connections.  The most important aspect for reading is to have material that students can … Continue reading 2 ways to facilitate partner reading

What does acquisition look like in this crazy placed called “school?”

In various facebook groups such as Teaching Latin for Acquisition, it seems we have approached the part of the school year when things start to get tough.  It begins with a lesson or activity that just didn't work out the way we want and students begin to test the Daily Expectation rules or they simply … Continue reading What does acquisition look like in this crazy placed called “school?”