Teaching Latin Language and Literature

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim is to present the main methodological guidelines in the teaching of Latin, in accordance with the emphasis - provided by the legislation currently in force - on the concept of "Latin culture"; with the didactic experiences experimented in recent years; with the new types of tests; with the didactic that, on the model of the certification of the competences, is now accompanying the traditional teaching of the Latin language (CEFR - Level C = http://www.cusl.eu/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sillabo-.pdf).
Expected learning outcomes
Students should be able to reflect on the aims of teaching Latin in the 21st century, with particular reference to the historical and cultural dimension, to the development of semiotic and expressive capacities, to the enhancement of linguistic competence (including neo-Latin languages). They should also acquire, consolidate or refine their teaching techniques, with a view to a teaching practice in schools which takes account of an active, participatory practice, made up of laboratory teaching, with the media, able to include alternative courses and teaching methods.
At the end, students will be able to deepen the problems and methods of teaching Latin, having acquired the necessary skills to design effective courses in the classroom, according to a right interdisciplinary approach and to the modern teaching techniques. They will also be able to evaluate critically teaching materials used in schools; they will gain the necessary competence in the art of testing and evaluating their pupils.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Classes will be pre-recorded (audio and video); a few of them will be broadcasted through the Zoom platform. The face-to-face teaching will be made possible through the forum on the Ariel website of the course.

Any other information on the course (class schedule; link to have access to classes, pdf; pwp; texts, etc.) will be published on the Ariel website.

In case Coronavirus-emergency prevents from having examinations held as described in the Syllabus, examinations will be held online and further information will be published on the Ariel website of the course.
Course syllabus
Teaching Unit A (Gioseffi): The focus of this unit will be on the presentation of any Latin text to high school students. The lectures are expressly planned keeping in mind the difficulties in approaching the Latin Language;

Teaching Unit B (Torzi): This unit will look into the slang of everyday life in a classroom.
Prerequisites for admission
Good knowledge of the Latin language (B2 Level).
Teaching methods
Lectures; online interactive exercises; classroom exercises.
Class attendance is strongly recommended.
Teaching Resources
Teachers' handbooks and other papers about Education and Training are available on the e-learning Ariel platform.
For Horace: Horace, Odes I (ed. R. Martin) and IV (ed. R.F. Thomas), Cambridge, CUP, 2011-2012.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination consists of two parts. Firstly, students must pass a written examination. It consists of a translation (usually at the PC) and a short commentary of a Latin text. Students will be given a maximum time of three hours. There is no mark, but only the admission (or non-admission) to the oral test. We will evaluate the correctness in the interpretation of the text; the accuracy in the use of the modern language; the ability to comment on the key points of the text, answering to open-ended and closed-ended questions. Simulations of the examination and texts assigned in the past are available on the e-learning Ariel website (https://mgioseffidl.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx). The results of the examination are communicated on the same website.

Oral exam. It consists of three parts. The examination aims to ascertain:
- the ability to plan a series of lessons for high-school students;
- the ability to present to high-school students a carmen by Horace, Odes, Book I or Book IV (chosen by the Examination Committee);
- the ability to translate and discuss a short text chosen by the Examination Committee.

It is possible to speak in Italian, English or Latin; the passing mark is 18/30, the top mark is 30/30 (cum laude).

The exam aims to evaluate the ability to understand the Latin texts and the problems they pose; the skill in presenting to high-school students the contents of the Latin texts; the appropriateness in the use of the technical language; the ability to use knowledge, facts, and data to effectively solve difficult problems in a class.

Students who did not attend the class, will find available on the Ariel website the alternative bibliography; forum exercises; vocal recordings.

International or Erasmus incoming students are kindly requested to contact the teachers of the course.

Also students with disabilities should contact the teachers, in order to discuss alternative examination methods, in agreement with the competent Office.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/04 - LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Gioseffi Massimo
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/04 - LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Torzi Ilaria
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