Presentations at Conferences

Staff from the Institute often give presentations at conferences to share lessons and activities designed for students at the elementary and middle school levels. Participants will leave the presentation with great ideas they can use immediately in the classroom.

Upcoming Presentations

American Classical League (ACL)
2014 Annual Institute
June 26-28, 2014
College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia)
http://www.aclclassics.org/events/2014-acl-institute

Staff of Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute highlight a variety of new, creative, engaging, and kinesthetic activities introducing young children to the Latin language. In this session, participants will learn about these activities via discussion, videos, and hands-on participation. Participants will leave with resources that can be immediately incorporated into the classroom. Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Latin & Classical Studies in the elementary- and middle-school grades. It sponsors the student summer enrichment program "LatinSummer" as well as various other programs for students and teachers.

Recent Presentations

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Convention & Expo
November 22-24, 2013
Orange County Convention Center: Orlando, Florida
http://www.actfl.org/convention-expo

New England Conference for Talent Development and Gifted Education
2013 Fall Conference
October 24-25, 2013
Holiday Inn by the Bay: Portland, ME
http://www.megat.org/annual_conference.html

The Joy of LatinSummer - November 3, 2012
Matthew Webb, Executive Director
Florida State University (Tallahassee, Florida)
Classical Association of the Middle West & South

At the Classical Association of the Middle West & South: Southern Section Conference in Tallahassee, Ascanius Executive Director Matthew Webb presented "The Joy of LatinSummer", part of a panel entitled "Stepping Joyfully Beyond The Textbook: Play- And Passion-Based Learning In The Latin Classroom". The aim of this panel is to explore how Latin can be taught in a creative and innovative fashion with minimal use, if any at all, of a traditional textbook.

Classical Promise in Your Hometown - July 2012
Caitlin Campbell, Staff Member
Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)
National Junior Classical League

At NJCL Convention, Ascanius Staff Member Caitlin Campbell trained approximately 50 high school students in how to organize and run Latin/Classical Studies enrichment programs for elementary school students in their own hometowns!

Linguam Latinam Latine Doceamus - June 30, 2012
Suzanne Henrich, Board of Directors
University of Nevada: Las Vegas
American Classical League

Ascanius Board Member Suzanne Henrich introduced 50 Latin teachers to our new Latin Immersion curriculum. This curriculum, tested in 2011 and in heavy revision for our 2012 LatinSummer programs, aims to provide a unique and challenging immersive environment for middle schoolers at our popular summer camps. Check back soon for a finalized and published version of the curriculum for use in your own classroom!

Ten Great Latin Activities from Ten Great Years - March 18, 2011
Suzanne Henrich, Board of Directors
Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, Massachusetts)
Classical Association of New England

Recently Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute celebrated its tenth year of bringing Latin and the Classics to elementary school students! This presentation will share our favorite Latin activities from the past ten years, each lesson developed and tested by Ascanius faculty. Activities in the following categories will be featured: vocabulary acquisition and practice, sentence patterns, and basic introduction to Latin literature. All activities were designed for elementary school students, but can be adapted to all levels. Participants will also get a chance to look at, and perhaps win, the new Latin activity book from Ascanius!

Animalia, Cibus, Corpus, et alia: - June 25-27, 2011
Matthew Webb, Director of Teacher Programs
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
American Classical League

Creative Ways to Teach "Fun" Vocabulary Words
Kids love learning the Latin words for animals, colors, foods, greetings, emotions, body parts, and other "fun" topics. Want to discover some new methods for teaching these words? This workshop presents a variety of creative approaches: some are hands-on, some involve board games, some involve speaking, some involve guided composition - all are engaging yet challenging at the same time. The presenter will combine visuals, explication and discussion, and first-hand participation in the activities and methods. Participants will leave with plenty of new ideas and myriad materials that can be immediately incorporated into the classroom.