Living Latin: Teaching Latin in Latin

Adding a conversational component, dialogues, listening exercises, and recitation are only the first steps to making a Latin class more living.  Eventually, the goal is to eliminate all use of English from the Latin classroom.  This will mean learning (1) how to introduce vocabulary without giving the English equivalent; (2) how to facilitate students learning grammar without you explaining it to them in English, but by showing it until the student “gets it” (induction); and (3) how to check understanding of a text in Latin not through translating it, but through asking questions in Latin and through paraphrasing.  

Carla Hurt, Found in Antiquity

In this video, Carla Hurt describes how she starting speaking Latin in her classroom.

Can a silent Latinist become a Latin speaker?

In “Latin at the Speed of Speech”, A Conference Presentation, Carla Hurt gives a comprehensive overview of teaching Latin with Comprehensible Input, covering the why and a good bit of the how.

Why speak Latin in the classroom? Latin at the Speed of Speech | Part 1 of 3

A bag of tricks for input-rich Latin activities | Latin at the Speed of Speech | Part 2 of 3

Make rereading fun, authentic texts less daunting | Latin at the Speed of Speech | Part 3 of 3

In these six videos, Carla Hurt demonstrates Total Physical Response (using Restored Classical Pronunciation).

Latin TPR (Total Physical Response) – YouTube 

Justin Slocum Bailey

At his personal Youtube Channel, Justin Slocum Bailey introduces the use of gestures and signs to reduce the use of English while enabling students to express their needs quickly and directly.

Gestures & signs for streamlining world language instruction – Justin Slocum Bailey – WAYK

Watch Justin Slocum Bailey in action in this video featuring him from 0:23 until 5:04, in a course to train teachers.

A Taste of Express Fluency

And a longer video from another such course.

Justin Slocum Bailey in day 2 of Express Fluency Latin Class

Justin Slocum Bailey also produced a series of videos in 2021 on the Youtube Channel Latin Teacher Lab to promote his paid coaching program (which looks great).

And at his Consulting website, he shares an extensive list of resources for Living Latin in the classroom. 

Nancy Llewellyn, Veterum Sapientia Institute

This short video from the Veterum Sapientia Institute demonstrates the gestures that Nancy Llewellyn uses to accompany the recitation of verb forms.

Verb Tense Exercise: Satagere – Dr Nancy Llewellyn

This video features Nancy Llewellyn at Wyoming College, showing her use of storytelling to learn vocabulary and practice constructing sentences.

Lingua Latina docente Annula Llewellyn

In this video from the Living Latin in New York conference by the Paideia Institute, Nancy Llewellyn demonstrates the “Where are Your Keys” Technique for language learning (more about it below).

Nancy Llewellyn – Where Are Your Keys

In this series of twelve videos from 2013-2014, recorded apparently for an elementary school’s Latin classes, we have a precious glimpse into what Nancy Llewellyn would do in a primary school classroom.

Latin Lessons – YouTube 

Evan Gardner, Where are Your Keys LLC

Where are Your Keys incorporates gestures, called techniques, that facilitate learning, especially languages, but also other skills.  This Vimeo Channel has fifth-one videos for anyone who would like to take a deeper dive into this method.

Evan Gardner’s Website may also be useful, including its glossary for all of his “techniques.”

Techniques Glossary – Where Are Your Keys

Christophe Rico, The Polis Institute

In this first video, Christophe Rico explains his method, Living Sequential Expression, and its derivation from that of Gouin. His new book, Unus, Duo, Tres, provides an open-and-go tool for teachers to implement spoken Latin in their classrooms.

Christophe Rico – Living Sequential Expression

This video promoting the Polis Institute shows the method in action.

The Polis Method for Learning Ancient and Modern Languages

This video introduces Unus, Duo, Tres.

Polis Institute Press. Unus, Duo, Tres: Beginner Latin book based on Living Sequential Expression

David Maust, California High School in Whittier, California

David Maust, a high school teacher, has posted, first, a video promoting his Latin program and then three more demonstrating his use of Personal Question and Answer (PQA).

Latin at Cal High Video



Parkview High School

Parkview High School in Metropolitan Atlanta has a Latin program in which the teachers use Living Latin teaching methods.  In these two videos, two teachers demonstrate their teaching methods at a Paideia Conference.

Robert Patrick – Beginning Comprehensible Input with Beginners

Keith Toda – Comprehensible Input (Part 2)

Dean Cassella, Saint Theresa Catholic School in Sugar Land, Texas

In this video, Dean Cassella demonstrates teaching Latin in Latin in a university classroom.

First-Semester Latin Teaching Demonstration

Cassella now teaches at a Classical Catholic school.  In this podcast, he discusses his teaching method.

Hoplite Radio: EP 19: On Latin Instruction with Dr. Dean Cassella on Apple Podcasts 

John Arrington

John Arrington has produced this series of Latin lessons for the Sensus Fidelium Youtube Channel.

How to Begin in Latin – Jonathan Arrington

Latin Lesson: Genus (Grammatical Gender) with Jonathan Arrington

Latin Lesson: Singular vs Plural with Jonathan Arrington

TEMPVS 1 ~ Jonathan Arrington (Tempus 2)

TEMPVS 3 ~ Jonathan Arrington

Grammatica Latina #1 ~ Jonathan Arrington (Grammatica Latina #2)

Latin Lesson: What am I learning in Latin class? ~ Jonathan Arrington

Duae Naturae ~ Jonathan Arrington

Ss. Trinitas ~ Jonathan Arrington

Angele Dei – Angel of God prayer ~ Jonathan Arrington

W. H. D. Rouse

Linguaphone Direct Method Latin transcribes the interactions between Teacher and Students during several lessons in a direct method classroom and was written by W. H. D. Rouse, a major proponent of the Direct Method in the early twentieth century. 

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