Learning anytime, anyplace, anywhere – Classics podcasts to the world

When Mr Seth Bolderow, Head of Classics at King Edward’s School, decided to create podcasts, it was to help his pupils to learn their vocabulary. He was surprised to find that not only were his students enjoying the podcasts, but he had an audience from around the world downloading them as well.

Since Mr Bolderow’s podcasts started at the beginning of February there have been over two hundred downloads from all over the UK,  Europe and the United States.

Mr  Bolderow, commented:

“It started as a way of helping the younger pupils to learn their vocabulary. It has since expanded to help the older pupils learn their set texts for GCSE & A Level. I knew that our pupils found the podcasts useful, what surprised me was the number of people downloading them from around the world. We now have listeners not only in the UK, but in places as far afield as Oslo and Los Angeles

Mr Bolderow believes the success of the podcasts is down to the portable audio format which is so easy for pupils to use as they travel to and from school. Mr Bolderow said: “The podcasts allow pupils to take their Latin and Greek vocabulary with them wherever they go on their MP3 players; anytime, anyplace, anywhere.”

To listen to the podcast ,  follow this link – http://kesclassics.podomatic.com/

The popularity of the podcast downloads has encouraged Mr Bolderow to plan the next generation of podcasts which will include recordings from the pupils themselves.

Latin Teaching – the Journal

Latin Teaching

The Journal of the Association for (the reform of) Latin Teaching.

I am hoping to create on the ARLT website  an archive of the “Latin Teaching” Journal of the ARLT. Contributions from members past and present are invited. Submissions  to the webmaster should preferably be in electronic form, but a paper copy will be equally welcome. I promise to return the original, once scanned. I have made a start with the Jubilee edition of December 1973 –  here.

Eurydice in Oxford …

ATC, Drum Theatre Plymouth and The Young Vic
Thu 22nd – Sat 24th Apr 10 at 8:00pm
by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Bijan Sheibani
Tickets: Thursday and Friday £10/£8, Saturday £12/£10
Group rates available
Box office: 01865 319 450

Would you imagine it possible to have real rain fall on a theatre stage? Find out with ATC’s spectacular new production of Eurydice this month at The North Wall Arts Centre. A brilliant, visually stunning new interpretation of a classic tale – it has twice been pick of the week in The Guardian Guide – not to be missed!

“The most moving exploration of the theme of loss” – The New York Times
Eurydice is in love with Orpheus. Her dead father has advice for her wedding but his letters can’t get through to the land of the living. At last one does. With her father’s words in her hand, she crashes down a flight of stairs and wakes in the underworld, her memory wiped. How will she ever get home?
Alice in Wonderland meets Greek myth in this playful and heart-breaking American take on a timeless tale of loss, grief and redemption, by the hugely celebrated Sarah Ruhl. This UK premiere is created by the team behind the multi-award winning hit ’The Brothers Size’.


If you are a JACT member you will be aware of this and hopefully will have already taken action.
Because of financial constraints the Classics department at Leeds is considering cutting its straight language degree courses in Latin and Greek in order to ensure its survival as a department still able to provide courses and research opportunities in Classical Civilisation. Furthermore the university authorities are considering the closure of the whole department, thus ending more than 100 years of Classics education in the city. The university is committed to seeing all students who start a course in September 2010 through to the end of their degree, and this assurance stands good for the 2010 intake on the language programmes too.
For more details see the Classics@Leeds blog at http://classicsatleeds.blogspot.com/.
Above all please sign the petition at http://www.PetitionOnline.com/clalds10/.