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Friday, October 24, 2014


7:00 AM

Conference Check-In and Onsite Registration Opens


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Complimentary Coffee is available in the Exhibit Hall


  • 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM  Workshop 14 Charlton (Latin, Spanish, French)


EX GALLIAQUE ET HISPANIA AD ROMAM REDII:  Exploring the Monuments and Identities of Roman Spain and France

Edward Zarrow Westwood High School

This workshop will provide teachers not only of Latin, but also of Spanish and French, with the ability to incorporate the study of the ancient world into their curriculum. We will begin with a brief discussion of Roman (and even some Greek, Carthaginian, and Celtic) historical influence in Spain and France, and continue with an exploration of ancient monuments, art, engineering, and even coinage. We will conclude with an examination of how the cultural products of the ancient Romans continue to shape modern identities.

• Session A: Friday October 24, 2014 8:00am – 9:15am (Executive 1)

Let’s Speak Latin: How to Get Students Talking

Jacqueline Carlon   UMass Boston

In this interactive session, graduate students from UMass Boston’s MA in Latin and Classical Humanities program in the licensure track will demonstrate various activities and exercises designed to get students speaking Latin in the classroom, both with the teacher and with one another. In both Latin and English.

• Session B: Friday, October 24 • 10:00am – 11:15am (Executive 1)

Interactive Learning in a Diverse Latin Classroom

Brianna Reyes   UMass Boston
Skye Shirley  Newton Country Day School

This session is designed to offer new teachers–especially teachers of Latin–an array of different classroom activities, games, and projects to implement in a diverse classroom. All of the activities presented are engaging, interactive, and geared toward creating a student-centered learning environment. Activities will be modeled and the benefits and difficulties of each discussed. Participants will have an opportunity to suggest modifications and ask questions. Examples are in Latin, but activities are suitable for all languages.

• Session D:  Friday October 24, 2014 1:00pm – 2:15pm (Executive 1)

Teresa Ramsby      Associate Professor of Classics, UMass Amherst

This session will provide ideas and approaches for the adaptation of Latin texts that can be used in the high school classroom. Texts by Vergil, Ovid, and Caesar can be intimidating in their original forms, but using the principles of comprehensible input, these texts can be made more approachable for our students. The presenter will offer ideas for lesson plans, activities, and adapted texts to be used in the classroom.

• Session E:  Friday, October 24 • 2:30pm – 3:45pm (Executive 1)

Roman Cultural Projects for the Latin Classroom

Christopher Buczek     Cathedral Preparatory School

Learning about Roman culture is an essential part of the Latin classroom. Students can develop a greater understanding and appreciation of ancient culture through creative or more research-based projects. In this presentation, participants will learn about the following project ideas, which can be implemented at all grade levels: Roman naming ceremonies, mythology essays and plays, the creation of culture-themed movies, and building Roman structures. Participants are encouraged to share their own successful cultural projects.

• Session F: Friday, October 24 • 4:30pm – 5:45pm (Executive 1)

Activate the Latin Fandom!

Abbi Holt        Arlington Public Schools

A fandom is (according to urban dictionary) a “community that surrounds a tv show/movie/book etc.” You have probably even noticed your students openly declaring their membership to such fandoms as Dr. Who, Sherlock Holmes, and Harry Potter. This session is designed to share a number of tested lesson plans that tap into this enthusiasm using fantasy tropes and characters to improve Latin acquisition. The presenter will show how to set up situations where students create and encounter comprehensible input through these fandoms.



• Friday, October 24 • 5:30pm – 8:00pm (Grand Ballroom)

MaFLA Member Reception: Complimentary food and beverages for all attendees. Come relax, discuss your day, listen to some good music!

• Friday, October 24 • 8:00pm – 10:00pm (Executive 1)

Active Latin Reception: Continue your networking from the MaFLA Members Reception and experience a mini-Conventiculum! Light refreshments.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

• Session G: Saturday, October 25 • 8:30am – 9:45am (Executive 1)

Using Harrius Potter in the Classroom

Thomas J. Howell      Belchertown High School

Interested in exploring neo-Latin in your classroom, seeking something light-hearted and fun for your students when senioritis hits, or looking to increase reading speed and confidence in your upper levels? See how we use Harrius Potter in the classroom and come away with games, lessons, and more!


  Session H:  Saturday October 25, 2014 10:00am – 11:15am (Executive 1)

Teaching Reading to Latin Students Without Translating

Jacqueline Carlon           UMass Boston

This session will present a series of interactive exercises that focus on teaching reading strategies in the Latin classroom, all of which are suggested by the results of Second Language Acquisition research. Examples are in Latin, but techniques are suitable for all languages.


Session J: Saturday, October 25 • 11:30am – 12:45pm

Classical Association of Massachusetts Annual Business Meeting & Batting Report (Executive 1)

Edward Zarrow         Westwood High School
Greg Stringer             Burlington High School

The Classical Association of Massachusetts will conduct its annual business meeting, and Greg Stringer of Burlington High School will present on his activities as the recipient of the 2014 Batting Award

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