Let's Learn Latin! (Winston-Salem)

When: Saturday, March 26, 2022 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Where: Embassy Suites Winston-Salem
460 N. Cherry St., Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Register by: March 18, 2022
Registration Fee: FREE (includes materials & light breakfast)
Brochure: Download here!

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 - 12:00 pm) will be followed by lunch (12:00 pm - 12:30 pm) and an afternoon session (12:30 - 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 6.5 contact hours.

Meet the Instructor
Kristen Bortner

Kristen Bortner has been involved with Ascanius since 2002 and currently volunteers as an Ascanius Executive Committee member. She has developed innovative teaching materials, delivered numerous teacher workshops, and served as both a teacher and administrator at Ascanius' enrichment camps for elementary and middle school children. Kristen holds a Bachelor's degree in Classics from the University of Virginia and a Master's degree in Literacy Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She resides in northern Virginia and has more than a decade of experience teaching Latin in public schools in Virginia, Missouri, and Illinois.