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- Traditional – learning grammar is of paramount importance
- Modern – learning the language through reading is engaging
- Digital – technology is used to enhance learning
- A series of stories, illustrating elements of grammar of syntax, as well depicting aspects of Roman life.
- At least one video lesson per topic, explaining new linguistic features.
- A vocabulary list, a set of flashcards to enhance learning and a vocabulary test to assess knowledge.
- Language reference items to aid recall and reinforcement.
- A series of exercises practising the new linguistic material.
- A revision exercise embedding concepts previously visited.
- English into Latin exercises that stretch each student to use new knowledge.
Basic Latin is the first course in the series and consists of twelve topics. The stories are set in Herculaneum and Pompeii, featuring the family of the Roman senator Valerius. Linguistically it teaches all cases of the first three declensions of nouns and the present tense of regular and irregular verbs. There are two hundred vocabulary items to be learned, as well as the numbers I to XX. A digital textbook of the course is available for download. Learners can complete the course within roughly fifty hours of study.
Intermediate Latin is the second course in the series and also consists of twelve topics. The stories are set in Rome and Britain, to where Valerius and his son have been sent by the emperor to quell a rebellious tribe. The course covers all tenses of verbs, the passive voice, both declensions of adjective, adjectival agreement, comparison of adjectives, formation of adverbs, the fourth and fifth declensions, imperatives and pronoun usage. There are three hundred vocabulary items to be learned, as well as the remaining numbers. A digital textbook of the course is available for download. Learners can complete the course within roughly fifty hours of study.
Further Latin is the next course in the series, comprising twelve topics. Comprehension and translation passages replace the continuous narratives, adapted from the works of lesser known Roman authors. Further Latin teaches the relative clause, all forms of the participle, indirect statement and the subjunctive in subordinate clauses There are three hundred vocabulary items to be learned A digital textbook of the course will be available for download. Learners can complete the course within roughly fifty hours of study.
Why CyberCaesar?CyberCaesar makes learning Latin interesting and accessible to everyone. From a teacher’s point of view, it’s a godsend – no more marking! From a pedagogical point of view, it frees the teacher to actually teach and to provide genuine one-to-one instruction. From a student’s point of view, all the resources are readily to hand and corrective feedback is provided automatically if a mistake is made. From a management point of view, it displays student progress clearly and can provide an opportunity for learning Latin in a school with no specialist teachers. The course itself has been used for eight years and has proven incredibly popular. Not only has the number of students opting for Latin doubled but results have been stunning. The course not only appeals to students, it also teaches them very effectively.
What does the course teach?CyberCaesar teaches the Latin language up to GCSE standard. An A Level course is in development.
How does it work?There is no set approach to using CyberCaesar. Teachers can adapt the course to suit their own preferred philosophy to teaching. However the resources available promote both the flipped classroom, allowing students to receive language instruction beyond the conventional confines of the classroom, as well as blended learning, which harmoniously combines traditional and digital approaches to education. Teachers can read the narratives in lessons, explaining new linguistic concepts as a class encounters them and then set the online exercises as homework. Alternatively the online exercises can form part of a classroom lesson, allowing the teacher to set learning activities as homework.
Is it all too modern and trendy?Not at all. We like to think that the course encapsulates traditional, modern and digital approaches to learning Latin. The approach to language instruction is actually very traditional. We concentrate on teaching the basics from the word “ite!” All of the cases are learned within the first eight topics and we place strong emphasis on translating English into Latin. However the principles of the language are initially introduced inductively, using the more modern methods of a reading course. In our long experience of teaching the language, we acknowledge that reading courses can be an effective way of introducing new linguistic concepts. However the digital approaches to Latin found in CyberCaesar really consolidate understanding of all aspects of the language. Video lessons can be used either to introduce a new concept or to provide reinforcement to classroom instruction. Flashcards help students learn vocabulary and grammar more effectively. Online exercises improve retention of information through practice and helpful feedback.
What if I’m not familiar with all these new technologies?You don’t need to be. The course is fairly intuitive. Even if you do get a bit muddled, help is always at hand from us. Just get in touch and we will walk you through all aspects of the course.
Is the course interesting?Absolutely. The narratives in themselves would make up an extremely popular course as we read of the experiences of a senatorial family in Herculaneum, Pompeii, Rome and Britain. The lessons are captivating and vibrant. The other resources are clear and helpful.
How often will the course be updated?Constantly! As a working course, all elements are constantly used, evaluated and updated.
Where can I find all the resources?Everything can be found on this website. There is part of the course just for teachers where much helpful information can be found.
Why aren’t all the words in a narrative linked to their meaning?We feel that if the meaning of every single word is provided to a student, there is less need to learn vocabulary rigorously. If a student cannot remember a word that ought to have been learned previously, we feel that the student should make an effort to discover the meaning in order to make them learn the vocabulary item more thoroughly.
An annual subscription to CyberCaesar currently costs £12.
To subscribe to the course, click on the CyberCaesar button below to create an account with us. Then go to the Basic Course, submit payment, check the terms and conditions and you are ready to start learning Latin.
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