History and Theory of 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: 1 lesson per month starting from November 2022 until May 2023  (7 lessons – 28 hours)
Hours: Wednesdays 4.00-8.00 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 a Latin lesson held for a real class.

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 a real lesson in the course of Latin 1;
7.30-8.00 pm: after the end of the course Latin 1, the professor will highlight and discuss along with the students the different ways in which the methodological principles studied in the previous lesson were actually applied to the teaching practice.

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.

Besides the seven Latin lessons already included in the course, students might also attend for free three Ancient Greek lessons, choosing between Ancient Greek 1 and Ancient Greek 1 Online.



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.




One lesson per month 9 novembre 2022
7 dicembre 2022
25 gennaio 2023
22 febbraio 2023
22 marzo 2023
26 aprile 2023
24 maggio 2023


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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