Rudolph Masciantonio (Ed.D., Temple University) is Assistant Director of Foreign Language Education for the School District of Philadelphia.
Language Arts Through Latin: A Staff Development Project
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1983 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 16, Issue 5, pages 369–372, October 1983
How to Cite
Masciantonio, R. (1983), Language Arts Through Latin: A Staff Development Project. Foreign Language Annals, 16: 369–372. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1983.tb01677.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACTThis article describes a staff development project in the Philadelphia School District intended to prepare fourth, fifth, and sixth-grade classroom teachers and secondary school English teachers to use certain Latin curriculum materials with their classes. The project involves special course work in Latin for teacher participants jointly planned by the Classics departments of two local colleges and the school district. The course work emphasizes the linguistic and cultural content of the curriculum materials including How the Romans Lived and Spoke, Voces de Olympo, and Word Power through Latin. Other aspects of the project involve staff development workshops on methodology, and contact with trained Latin teachers. The evaluation of the project shows a positive effect on the verbal skills of pupils as well as other favorable findings. Some implications of the project are discussed, especially in regard to extending the teaching of Latin through the use of paraclassicists.