The National Latin Exam Colloquia
For ten years now, the Working Committee of the
NLE has sponsored colloquia as part of its outreach to the community
of Latin teachers in the United States. These workshops are intended
both to enhance the usefulness of the National Latin Exam in the Latin
curriculum and to provide a forum for discussing trends in Latin instruction
as well as the concerns of colleagues. Over fifteen states and Canada
have been visited by teams, usually of two members of the NLE Committee;
hundreds of Latin teachers and administrators have attended over twenty-five
Topics available for discussion are manifold
and flexible. The core of a colloquium is, of course, a survey and presentation
of the NLE in theory as well as preparation for and use of the NLE in
a Latin curriculum. Depending on local need and interests, such topics
as other national tests (Advanced Placement, SAT 11), National Standards
for Classical Language Learning, current trends in Latin teaching, or
more specific topics within the curriculum are possible. There are always
many hand-outs, and the NLE presenters report lively discussions and
much mutual learning at these colloquia.
Our only requirements are that the group include
at least twenty teachers of Latin or obviously interested persons, that
you provide transportation for presenters from their hotel to the meeting,
and that you provide a collegial lunch. NLE will cover the cost of transportation
and lodging for the presenters, materials for participants, and make
every effort to tailor a presentation to local need and interests. The
NLE Committee sees colloquia as a service to our community, seeking
through them closer contact with colleagues and the opportunity for
interaction and feedback on how better to meet teacher goals with the
National Latin Exam.
The National Latin Exam Committee considers it very important to reach out across the nation to get feedback from teachers and students. Members of the NLE committee offer workshops on a number of NLE topics. They have traveled all over the United States to train teachers and students. Arrange today for a member to address a topic of your choice!
An NLE colloquim/workshop may be arranged by a local group of Latin teachers who can promise at least twenty participants. The NLE will cover transportation and lodging costs for its presenters. A colloquium is flexible in its offerings and can be tailored to local interest and need. Such topics as the role of the National Latin Exam in the curriculum, methods of preparation for the exam, the FORUM ROMANUM Latin video program, and using oral Latin are items of frequent interest.
Contact Wallace Ragan, St. Albans School, Washington D.C. 20016, (202) 537-6591.