Teaching Latin and Greek

Course Code: DID-01

Teaching methods: in presence (available also in live streaming on request)
Titles released: 6 CFU / ECTS + Course valid for teachers’ updating, recognized by the MIUR
Duration: from November 2023 until December 2023  (6 lessons – 17 hours)
Hours: one afternoon per week, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm
Limited Enrollment:  up to 10 participants
Academic Fees: starting from € 145

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Knowledge of Latin and/or Ancient Greek language is required or, alternatively, the attendance of one of the following courses: Latin 1, Latin 1 Online, Latinitas viva 1; Ancient Greek 1, Ancient Greek 1 Online, Ancient Greek 1 Telematic.

– Knowledge of the key moments in the history of teaching classical languages and of the most useful tools to teach Latin and Greek
– Analysis of the theorethical and practical differences between the analytical method based on translation and the inductive-contextual methodology
– Skills in planning and holding a lesson in Latin and/or Greek through the inductive-contextual methodology
– Skills in writing tests and and evaluating the students with the inductive-contextual methodology

The course is structured into two activities: each lesson consists into a theoretical discussion on the principles and methodological tenets of the IISC methods, followed by teaching practice exemples in Latin and Greek lessons held for a real class.

The first lesson is theoretical, thus including a discussion on the methodoligal tenets and an historical excursus of different teaching practices for Classical languages.

Every lesson will be structured as follows:
4.00-5.00 pm: lesson will critically discuss different features of the so-called direct methods (direct methodology, inductive-contextual methodology, Ørberg method): their historical and theoretical origins, different teaching methods, pros and cons of their use in schools and universities, etc… ;
5.00-7.30 pm: students will assist (for free) to the real lesson matched with the theoretical lesson  (Latin 1; Latin 2, Latin 3, Greek 1, Greek 2);

The course will be held in classroom and online. The IISC will give the students a link to attend the course via live streaming. Lessons in streaming will be recorded and they will stay available for the students to see for a week. Students who missed one or more lessons of Latin or Greek may attend any other lesson of the course (the course schedule is available in the webpages of the courses).


Extracts given by the instructor.

Recommended readings (the following texts are not required for the exam, but are recommended for those who wish to strengthen their knowledge):

1. S. O. Andrew, Praeceptor, a master’s book, Clarendon Press, Oxford 1913
2. W .H. S. Jones, Via Nova, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1915
3. L. G. Kelly, 25 centuries of Language theaching: 500 b. C. – 1969, Newbury house, Rowley, Massachusetts 1969
4. J. A. Komensky, Novissima Linguarum Methodus (cap. 10)
5. S. D. Krashen, Principles and Practice in Second Language Acquisition, University of Southern California, Los Angeles 1982
6. W. H. D Rouse, The direct method applied to Latin: a handbook for teachers, The Linguaphone Institute, Londra 1934
7. W. H. D. Rouse – R.B. Appleton, Latin on the direct method, University of London Press, Londra 1925


– Students who have attended at least 75% of class hours may obtain a course completion certificate.
– Those who wish to obtain university certifications (6 CFU/ECTS) should pass the final exam with an evaluation fo at least 18/30.
This certification is issued by both the Italian Institute of Classical Studies (IISC) and the Department of Classic of the Università Pontificia Salesiana (UPS). Because the ECTS issued by the UPS are also acknowledged by the Italian Government, the ECTS may be validated in Italian University (without prejudice to the discretion granted to the universities by the Italian law).
– The course is also recognized by the MIUR – Regional School Office for Lazio as valid for the professional training of teaching staff.




Thursday 9 November 2023
Introduction 5:00-7:00 pm
Wednesday 15 November 2023
Theory 4:00-5:00 pm
Latin I 5:00-7:30 pm
Tuesday 21 November 2023
Theory 4:15-5:15 pm
Latin II 5:30-7:30 pm
Tuesday 28 November 2023
Theory 4:15-5:15 pm
Latin III 5:30-7:30 pm
Thursday 7 December 2023
Theory 4:15-5:15 pm
Greek I 5:30-7:30 pm
Monday 11 December 2023
Theory 4:15-5:15 pm
Greek II 5:30-7:30 pm


Course fees amount to € 290 for the whole year.
Students attending one of the following courses may have attend the course at the discounted rate of € 145: Latin 1, Latin 1 Online, Latinitas viva 1; Ancient Greek 1, Ancient Greek 1 Online.


The course fees must be paid at the time of enrollment. Payment can be made:

  1. in Cash, at the administrative office (by appointment)
  2. by Cheque, at the administrative office (by appointment)
  3. by the Teacher’s card (selecting the option “recognized courses” when generating the bonus)
  4. by Bank transfer, with the following details:
    • Name of the account holder: Associazione culturale Istituto Italiano di Studi Classici
    • IBAN: IT 80 W 02008 05013 000103893909
    • Reason for Transfer: Course code + Name and Surname of the student
    • Bank: Unicredit, Agenzia 6, Via Ugo Ojetti 149 Roma

The fee includes all the classroom activities (lessons and intensive lessons), administration fees and the use of the facilities available in the learning centre. There are no exam fees.

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