January means a week teaching Latin, which has just finished up, and I thought I'd post some reflections.
This year I again taught a class of absolute beginners. I had quite a different co-teacher though, and that changed the shape of the class dramatically. He is a High School latin teacher, trained in the grammatical tradition, and teaching from the Cambridge course. All these shaped his teaching style definitively.
The week went quite well, we covered a lot of grammar! We also read most of Cambridge stage 1. And a few other things besides.
One of the things I learnt is that I am more naturally a lecturer in style - I find it easy to speak, engage, explain, and take questions. This has its good points, but it also has its downside - in a language class like this, I often neglect or am unprepared with exercises to reinforce and learn, rather than merely present, new material.
I think I could overcome this by a more communicative approach: if from day 1 we started with the language, in the language, then the level of reinforcement would be much higher, and we would hit acquisition, rather than learning.
I'd love to run a winter school, for a week or two, with Lingua Latina and a class and all in Latin. I think the outcome would surpise us all. But I don't have the books, and I don't have the advertising reach to generate enough students, and I probably don't really have quite enough motivation.
Anyway, next week is the return to full-time studies!