Let's Learn Latin! (Birmingham)

When: March 27, 2020 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Where: Cornwall room of the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel
Register Now!
Register by: March 16, 2020
Registration Fee: FREE (includes materials & light breakfast)
Brochure: Download here!
UPDATE 3/11/2020: COVID-19 UPDATE: The Let's Learn Latin workshop will not take place as planned on March 27. Our workshop's host organization, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) will no longer hold its conference as planned for March 25-28; this change impacts our workshop as well. If you are interested in receiving updates about a possible date for rescheduling, please register (from this page) and we will keep you informed.

Let's Learn Latin will introduce elementary and middle school teachers to the world of Latin and the ancient Romans through a variety of engaging approaches. Teachers get to play the role of students, learning the material through the same activities and lessons that they will be able to use in their own classrooms.

Participants will enjoy learning the basics of Latin, using a colorful, interesting, kid-friendly text called Minimus, richly supplemented by effective and innovative activities to practice the material. Other topics include Latin vocabulary, word roots, and Roman culture and mythology. No previous experience with Latin is needed!

Participants will receive myriad classroom-ready materials on all topics studied.

By learning about Latin and ancient Rome, students will better understand English vocabulary and grammar, the workings of other world languages, and the roots of Western civilization.

The workshop will lead participants through 50% or more of the Minimus text, giving participants the skills and confidence they need to continue their study independently.

This work at the workshop will prepare participants to knowledgeably and confidently teach their students about the following aspects of the ancient Roman world: basics of the Latin language, grammatical connections between Latin and English, Latin vocabulary and word roots, & culture and mythology.

Connections to Standards
We recognize that for the teaching of Latin and Classical Studies to be effective and feasible, it must be integrated with state standards. Participants will learn about connections to the standards, and other techniques of incorporating these topics into today's busy clasrooms.

A morning session (9:00 am - 12:30 pm) will be followed by lunch (12:30 pm - 1:00 pm) and an afternoon session (1:00 - 4:00 pm).

Key Language Topics, studied in depth:
greetings, question words, nouns and adjectives, gender, linking verbs, action verbs, adverbs, & plural subjects.

Ancillary Activities, in overview:
  • Vocabulary (family, animals, colors, foods, emotions, classroom, body parts)
  • Culture (names, writing, Greek pottery, games, art, coins, travel, geography)

Coffee and a light continental breakfast will be provided at the workshop. Participants should bring their own lunch, as there will not be enough time to leave campus.

Professional Development Credit
All participants will receive a certificate documenting their 6 contact hours.

Meet the Instructor
Lisa Yeager

Lisa Moore Yeager holds a Bachelor's degree in Classics from Samford University and a Master's degree in Teaching Latin and Classical Humanities from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A past president of the Alabama Classical Association, Mrs. Yeager has teaching experience in elementary, high school, and collegiate Latin. She brings to this workshop her experience in Ascanius' LatinSummer programs for grades 1-7, including serving as director (2012) and faculty trainer (2014) for LatinSummer Birmingham. Mrs. Yeager currently directs one of STAIR's sites for 2nd grade students in Birmingham.