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Luís Salema | My dream learning design project - All roads lead to Rome

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Luís Salema
17 January 2013

Luís Salema: All roads lead to Rome:

learning latin with web tools


Tags: Latin, classical studies, web tools, language learning

Your situation (context)

I’ve been teaching Latin language for several years, at secondary school. Usually, students enjoy cultural issues about Roman culture but they have some problems with grammar contents and translation.


Several authors argue that learning Latin is a way of improving linguistic awareness and grammar skills. However, Latin language is an optional subject in Portugal and is always seen as a useless language.


However, students recognize how Latin is important in a multicultural and multilingual context and as subject that helps them how to learn.


Latin language is not an attractive subject. In Portuguese schools, usually, students don’t choose this language because it is not a modern language and it is seen as a very difficult subject.






The change you would like to see (challenge)


A student can use Latin to grasp the bones and sinews of any language. So, I hope to increase students’ motivation and consequently their attitude towards learning Latin.


By using web 2.0 tools, I think it is possible to try new approaches to Latin learning, more interactive. The web is a very important repository of texts, films, pictures and grammar resources, which could be very useful to learn this language in a different way.


How you might go about bringing that change


With a different approach, based on constructivist learning theories, it will be possible to change student’s ideas about Latin language. Web 2.0 could put the student in the center of the class, by involving them in the learning process as content producers. Voki, Vokaroo, Prezi, Mobile Study, Web Quests, Animoto, Glogster, blogs and wikispaces are examples of web tools that could bring different ways of learning, in a blended learning scenario.



In a blended learning scenario, web 2.0 will be used for grammar exercises and for reading skills. Some of these tools are useful for multimedia presentations about cultural topics. Students will produce some of their study materials, by using these tools, and share their knowledge with their peers.


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