Teaching Latin Language and Literature

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course enables students to acquire the necessary preparation and credits to enter the profession of Latin teachers in upper secondary schools, in accordance with the concept of "Latin culture" in the legislation currently in force. Students will be particularly enabled to acquire and experiment with the new teaching methods based on the certification of competences.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: students will know the aims of teaching Latin in the 21st century, with reference to its historical and cultural dimension, to the development of semiotic and expressive skills, to the enhancement of linguistic competence (including neo-Latin languages). They will also know the teaching techniques, in view of a school practice that considers an active, participatory practice, made of laboratory teaching, with media, able to include alternative teaching methods.

Skills: 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
More specific indications on how the training activities for the 2021/22 academic year will be delivered will be provided in the coming months, depending on how the health situation develops.
Course syllabus
Unit A (Gioseffi): The unit will focus on how to present Latin texts to a high school class, taking particular account of language difficulties.

Unit B (Torzi): This unit will focus on the slang of everyday life in a classroom.
Prerequisites for admission
A good knowledge of Latin is required (at least 9 or more ECTS already acquired). In order to take the oral examination it is needed to pass a preliminary written test, MA level.
Teaching methods
Lectures; online interactive exercises; classroom exercises. Attendance is strongly recommended.
Teaching Resources
Teachers' handbooks and other papers about Education and Training will be available on the e-learning Ariel platform.
For Horace: Horace, Odes II (ed. N. Jenkins) and IV (ed. R. F. Thomas)
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination consists of a written translation with guided commentary on a Latin text. The test is held on the computer and is valid for all Latin exams (MA level). The test does not give a grade, but only the possibility of admission to the oral part of the examination. In particular, will be evalueted: correctness in interpreting the text; ability to understand the pivot points through answers to both open and closed questions; effectiveness in rendering it in modern language. Test simulations and the tests assigned in recent years are available on the course's Ariel website (https://mgioseffidl.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx). The results of the tests can be found on the same site.

The oral part of the examination will test:
- the ability to critically discuss the bibliography presented, planing a series of lessons for high-school students;
- the ability to present to a high school class a short poem by Horace, Odes, Book II or IV (chosen by the Commission at the time of the exam);
- the ability to understand and present to a high-school class a short text chosen at the time of the examination.
It is possible to speak in Italian, English or Latin; the passing mark is 18/30, the top mark is 30/30 (cum laude).

Among the criteria for evaluation, ample emphasis will be placed on the ability to present the texts; the correctness in analysing and critically discussing the contents of the texts read in class and at home; the appropriateness of the critical vocabulary; the ability to raise and solve critical problems, even complex ones, in the perspective of teaching a high school class.

Non-attending students should refer to the material (bibliography, forum etc.) made available on the Ariel website.

International or Erasmus incoming students are invited to contact the teachers.

Examination procedures for students with disabilities and/or DSA must be agreed with the teachers, in accordance 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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