History and Theory of Teaching Latin and Greek

Course Code: DID-01

Recommended for: professors, future professors
Titles released: 6 CFU / ECTS + Course valid for teachers’ updating, recognized by the MIUR
Hours: 5 Saturdays mornings 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Duration: November 2021 – March 2022 (5 lessons – 25 hours)
Teaching methods: in presence (available also in live streaming on request)
Limited Enrollment:  up to 20 participants
Academic Fees: starting from € 249

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In accordance with the current regulations, in order to attend classes students shall exhibit their Green-Pass. Students without the Green-pass may attend the course via live streaming.


Knowledge of Latin language is required.

– 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

Lessons provides a critical reflexion on the inductive-contextual methodology: its historical and theoretical origins, the different modalities of its didactical use, pros and cons of its uses in schools and universities.

The course will be structured into three parts. First lessons will cover the most important steps in the history of teaching Latin and Greek, from the beginning until nowadays, focusing on the didactical tools that can still be used in present-day teaching. The second part will deal with the theoretical fundamentals in applying the inductive-contextual methodology to ancient languages teaching. Finally, teachers will provide wide well-reasoned examples of teaching practice: in the following workshop, participants will be encouraged to realize, under the teacher’s guidance, a lesson plan.

The course will be held in classroom. However, participants who had requested it in the online subscription to the course, may join a virtual classroom and follow the lessons remotely, through a link given by the IISC.

In order to allow students to directly observe teaching practice through the inductive-contextual methodology, the IISC provides the possibility to take part for free at 5 lessons of our courses choosing between SAF-02 and GRA-01.


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. The exam involves a simulation of a lesson of Latin or Greek grammar through the inductive-contextual methodology (students will choose the target language).
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.




5 Saturdays morning
from 9 am to 1 pm
2021 November, 13
2021 December, 4
2022 January, 22
2022 February, 19
2022 March, 19


Course fees amounts to € 249 for the students who are already attending one of the IISC courses among LAT-01, LAT-ON-01, SAF-02, STOA-02, LAT-ON-02, SAF-03, GRA-01, GRA-ON-01, GRA-02, GRA-ON-02, GRA-03. For external students, the course fees amount to € 299.


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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