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Comprehensible Input: The Fluency Circle and the Reading Circle

I am still trying to grapple with the concept of CI (comprehensible input) as a system. At the same time, I spent some time this summer attending Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom and gained some insights there that could translate (pun intended) to my language teaching. As most of you know, I teach social sciences and […]

Choral Readings and Latin in a CI Classroom

And so my year continues; as does my gentle transition towards more comprehensible input (CI) in the classroom. One of the sacred cows that I had in my mind was, of course, the problem of translating. I have long despised translation. To me, Latin is a living language that was intended to be spoken and […]

Blind Kahoot: An Excellent Way to Teach Grammar

One of the techniques that seems to be a cornerstone to comprehensible input (CI) language instruction is the ability to introduce failure as a concept in learning a language. Failure should be embraced much like an engineer would embrace it – failure becomes a means of detection for weak points and also as a way […]


Archaeologists Uncover Imperial Roman Port Facilities

Archaeologists excavating near Volterra in Tuscany, Italy, are continuing to uncover structures that reveal what life was like in Rome's ancient port system. Known as Vada Volaterrana, the port served the Romans in the city then known as Volaterrae. Archaeologists from the University of Pisa have been excavating since the 1980s and are focusing on the main ports, located north of the mouth of the … Read More

Colosseum Cleaning Yields Old Frescos, Graffiti

ROME (AP) — A long-delayed restoration of the Colosseum's only intact internal acheter viagra passageway has yielded ancient traces of red, black, green and blue frescoes — as well as graffiti and drawings of phallic symbols — indicating that the arena where gladiators fought was far more colorful than previously thought. Officials unveiled the discoveries Friday and said the passageway — between … Read More

Roman Kids Showed Off Status with Shoes

SEATTLE - Even on the farthest-flung frontiers of the ancient Roman Empire, the footwear made the man ­— and the kid. Children and infants living in and around Roman military bases around the first century wore shoes that revealed the kids' social status, according to new research presented here Friday (Jan. 4) at the annual meeting of the … Read More

Classical Culture

Athenian ‘Snake Goddess’ Gets New Identity – Yahoo! News

SEATTLE – A mysterious “snake goddess” painted on terracotta and discovered in Athens may actually be Demeter, the Greek goddess of cialis 20mg tablets the harvest. Once linked to the worship of the dead, the goddess is flanked by two snakes on a slab of terracotta about antibiotics for sale the size of a piece […]

Io Saturnalia! The Reason for the Season?

Imagine the scene: ancient Romans running around in total revelry during the darkest period of the year. Gambling, banquets, unusual signs of the social order upheaved simply by wearing a funny shaped red hat. They are festive, hopeful, awaiting the return of the sun and its accompanying warmth – all of this emerging from what […]

Ancient jugs hold the secret to practical mathematics in Biblical times

Archaeologists in the eastern Mediterranean region have been unearthing spherical jugs, used by the ancients for storing and trading oil, wine, and other valuable commodities. Because we’re used to the metric system, which defines units of volume based on the cube, modern archaeologists believed that the merchants of antiquity could only approximately assess the capacity […]