JACT Class Civ INSET in Oxford

Message from Lizzie Belcher

Cari comites,

Preparations are underway for the JACT Class. Civ. INSET weekend to take place
at the Classics Centre, University of Oxford on Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th July.

The programme is now 90% complete – we are looking to recruit just one more
speaker before we can circulate the full details of the weekend. If you would
be interested in taking part and could run a session on Homer we would love to
hear from you. Please email (elizabeth.belcherATclassics.ox.ac.uk) or phone
(01865 288172) for further details.

Many thanks and best wishes,
Lizzie Belcher

Video on teaching Latin with active use of language

Link from Brian Bishop – looks good, but played only jerkily for me. Hope you have better luck.

Latin at Kentucky
Watch and listen:


The programme page says:

Modern Latin curricula typically place vastly more emphasis on passive understanding of the language, i. e. reading only, than on inculcating facility in active use of the language as a means of communication in speaking and writing. It is well established that participation in a variety of learning modes, including writing, listening and speaking – not merely reading and translating – enhances the comprehension of any language and the appreciation of its nuances. The active use of Latin in speaking and writing, in addition to the reading of Latin texts, is one of the cornerstones of this sequence in Latin Studies.

Drama and discussion on the death of Socrates on Radio 3

I've just heard a trailer for Sunday 8 p.m. Jos Ackland in a dramatisation of the death of Socrates on BBC Radio 3.

The Radio Times gives this:

Sunday 10 February
8:00pm – 9:30pm
BBC Radio 3

The Trial and Death of Socrates, by Sebastian Baczkiewicz. A play focusing on the mystery surrounding Socrates's trial and subsequent execution, the reasons for which have long puzzled historians. Socrates has been found guilty of blasphemy and corrupting the youth of the city. On the eve of his execution his chief accuser Meletus is murdered. Josias, newly returned to Athens, is given the task of investigating the murder. With Joss Ackland, Michael Feast, Greg Hicks, David Calder, Tim McInnerny, Joseph Kloska, Cait Davis, Liza Sadovy, Peter Marinker, Trevor Allan Davies, Ben Onwukwe, Ben Crowe, Chris Pavlo and Liz Sutherland. Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

Also listen to
Night Waves this Thursday Feb 7th 2008
21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)

An exploration of Plato's The Trial and Death of Socrates.

The series championing influential works of art focuses on Plato's account of the trial and death of Socrates, as Philip Dodd and his guests explore the character of the man that emerges from the Dialogues as well as Socrates' enduring power both as an exemplar of moral conduct and as a thinker.