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  • Mar 16 / 2017
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Latin

Teaching Latin with Comic Books

The Asterix comic book in Latin

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Comic books can be a great way to learn any language. It was thanks to Franco-Belgian comic books that I was able to build an extensive vocabulary in French. The visual aspect of comic books can help anyone increase his or her vocabulary in a foreign language. Why, then, can’t we use comic books to learn Latin? Continue Reading

  • Mar 14 / 2017
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Latin

Teaching Latin with Phonetics

Carmenta student reading Latin

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Most language teachers totally ignore a tremendous tool for teaching – phonetics. How many of you are familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet? I suspect 99% of language students have never heard of it or know how excellent a tool it can be to achieve mastery in language studies. Continue Reading

  • Mar 02 / 2017
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Latin

Formal Education vs Tutoring: Which Is Better?

Carmenta Latin Student

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

What are schools and colleges good for? I have asked myself this question many times. It is a sad fact that schools and colleges have essentially become “diploma factories”—a mere formality, a rite of passage which people must go through in order to be able to work as doctors or lawyers. These institutions prefer to teach students useless information which they need to memorize just to pass an exam. Then once the exam is over, they forget everything. Is this an ideal educational system? Continue Reading

  • Feb 28 / 2017
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Latin

Teaching Latin with Ælfric’s Colloquy

Alfred the Great Wantage

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Latin teachers often have trouble trying to find the best textbook for their students. Amidst the large number of Latin textbooks written over the millennia, most teachers are not aware a textbook was written in medieval England that may actually be perfect for them. I’m talking about the Colloquy by the Anglo-Saxon monk Ælfric of Eynsham. Continue Reading

  • Feb 23 / 2017
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Latin

C.S. Lewis: The Reluctant Teacher

Photo of C. S. Lewis

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Some academics don’t like teaching. Does that sound strange to you? If so, you will understand when I tell you a story about C.S. Lewis which I heard from my tutor, who got it from his tutor, Mr. Zinn, an Oxford undergraduate student at the time the incident took place. It will make you think about the relationship between academics and their students. Continue Reading

  • Feb 21 / 2017
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Latin

Want to Make Students Love the Classics? Teach Them Mythology!

“Odysseus and the Sirens” by Herbert James Draper

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Young people often think that the classics are useless. That’s why classics teachers need to adopt strategies to develop an unquenchable love for Latin and Ancient Greek in their students. One of the best strategies is to teach them mythology. Certain tales can have a strong influence on young people, helping them develop a lifelong love of the classics. Continue Reading

  • Feb 16 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

Three Great Polymaths: Aristotle, Michelangelo, and Burton

Aristotle, marble portrait bust, Roman copy (2nd century bc) of a Greek original (c. 325 bc); in the Museo Nazionale Romano, Rome

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

The term “polymath” comes from the Ancient Greek πολυμαθής (“having learned much”) and refers to an individual who has achieved expertise in a significant number of subjects. This article will mention three names from three different periods of history and talk a bit about their greatest accomplishments. They were considered geniuses and their contributions to the world should never be forgotten. Continue Reading

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