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Also, check out the American Classical League’s Technology Committee site as there are reviews and other ongoing discussions that will be coming out of this year’s Institute. The ACL’s Tech Committee looks to establish itself buy viagra online as a more cigarettes shops visible presence with the mission to help teachers make more efficient use of available technologies.
As for today’s presentations, there were many worth reviewing but one in particular was very interesting to me – Christine Meyers presented on the use of synonyms to help students deepen their knowledge of Latin. Seeing that there was a critical need in our field, Christine Meyers compiled a list of synonyms and grouped them together according to various noun groupings.
For example, she would group nouns into declensions under a particular heading – such as “armies”. She compiled a list of Latin nouns, again by declension, that were synonyms around this particular word. Words such as ala, armaturae, copia, copiae pedestres, militia, turma are few examples from the 1st declension.
The basic idea is that if her students could look at a piece of Latin and replace the various parts of speech (nouns, verbs, etc.) with synonyms, they were expanding their knowledge of vocabulary but also working out grammatical problems as well. She gave various tips on how to achieve this in the classroom, running through several examples. Students could switch out verbs with deponent verbs or different conjugations; nouns could be exchanged for other declensions.
She also likes to use Latin poetry to help students gain more insight into the structure of Latin. Christine Meyers demonstrated the creation of Latin haikus, which forced students to find words that were not only synonymous, but also fit the meter.
The best resource on this would be to acquire her newly published book, Latin Synonyms for Language Lovers: A Select Thesaurus from Bolchazy-Carducci publishers.
Christine Meyers has produced that could meet a tremendous need – the need to help students efficiently acquire a working vocabulary to help enhance fluency in Latin.