Teaching Classical Languages Symposium – School of Humanities Teaching Classical Languages Symposium – School of Humanities

Teaching Classical Languages Symposium

Teaching Classical Languages Symposium

This is a hybrid event.

The 3rd Teaching Classical Languages Symposium showcases approaches to the teaching and assessment of ancient Greek and Latin developed by secondary, tertiary, and online adult-education instructors from Australia and New Zealand. Conference speakers share and discuss a diverse range of classical language teaching strategies to assist 21st century learners in a range of educational contexts.

This hybrid event will take place at CCANESA, University of Sydney, on Friday 12th August 2022. The keynote speaker is Drew Keller, co-author of the popular textbooks, Learn to read Latin and Learn to read Ancient Greek, published by Yale University Press. This year’s symposium commemorates the late Dr. Emily Matters whose contribution to the teaching and promotion of Classics was immense.

The symposium is hosted by Classics & Ancient History at Sydney, the Classical Language Teachers Association, and the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (CCANESA). We are grateful for the generous support of the  Department of Classics & Ancient History, the Kudos Foundation, the Classical Association of NSW, and ANZUK Education.

Program -Teaching Classical Languages Symposium 2022 (PDF 81k)

On campus and on Zoom.
Please note
: The Zoom link will automatically be sent via Eventbrite on the day of the event. Registration is essential.

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Campus venue:
Madsen Building F09
Eastern Avenue,
University of Sydney
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9.00-9.10 Introduction to the 3rd Teaching Classical Languages Symposium
Professor Keith Dobney (School of Humanities), Assoc. Prof. Paul Roche (Classics & Ancient History), & Louella Perrett (Head of Classical Language Teachers Association)

9.10 – 10.50 Session 1 TEXTBOOKS & LEXICA
A plethora of textbooks and lexica are available to teachers of ancient Greek and Latin. Presenters evaluate new and existing resources, and identify what a new publication in the classical language teaching space could and should offer.

  • Louella Perret, Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview
    Eureka in the classroom’
  • Dr. Michael Hanaghan & Dr. Miles Pattenden  Australian Catholic University
    A Late Latin Grammar Primer”
  • Assoc. Prof. Trevor Evans  Macquarie University
    ‘Ancient Greek Lexicons: Introducing Students to an Imperfect Resource’
  • Emerita Professor Elizabeth Minchin Australian National University
    ‘The new Cambridge Greek Lexicon: a user’s perspective’

10.50 – 11.10 BREAK

How can teachers make assessment more inclusive while remaining equitable and rigorous? Two presenters discuss innovative assessments that offer academic and social benefits for students. In the second half of the session, presenters share diverse teaching strategies with a focus on inclusivity and grammar consciousness-raising.

  • Dr. Maxine Lewis, University of Auckland
    ‘Inclusive assessment in Latin: experiments in patchwork assessment’
  • Mary Triantafyllou, Newington College
    ‘Rethinking Assessment: Authentic, Longitudinal and Productive’
  • Chrysoula Zachariadou, University of New England
    ‘Consciousness-Raising in Classical Languages Instruction and Linguistic Analysis: Greek Participles as a case in point’
  • Lauren Richardson, Canberra Girls Grammar School
    ‘Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures into the Latin Australian curriculum’

12.40 – 1.15 LUNCH

1.15 – 2.45 Session 3 TEACHING STRATEGIES
Classical languages have long been taught by the so-called Grammar-Translation method. Yet reading and communicative approaches are becoming increasingly popular. In this session, presenters including keynote speaker Drew Keller, share experiences and insights implementing and integrating classical language teaching pedagogies.

  • KEYNOTE speaker Dr. Drew Keller, Collegiate School New York
    ‘What, Why, and When:  On the Genesis of and Reasoning Behind Learn to Read Latin and its Approach
  • Dr. Anthony Gibbins, Sydney Grammar School
    Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata: observations and advice from a first-time teacher’
  • Dr. Seamus McDonald, thepatrologist.com
    ‘From Text to Learner to Text: Constructing scaffolded communicative activities for classical languages.’ 

2.45 – 3.00 BREAK

3.00 – 4.30 Session 4 TEACHING STRATEGIES
What can we learn from the teaching of classical languages in Australian high schools and in other countries? In this session, attention is given to evaluating established pedagogies and recognising the value of classical language education in Australia and internationally.

  • Kate Edwards, University of New England
    ‘The Future of Latin in Australian Schools: A Preliminary Report on New Data’
  • Professor Yasmin Haskell, University of Western Australia
    ‘The Ancient Today’

4.30 – 5.00 Final Comments & Wrap Up


Key details

Date: Friday 12 August 2022 from 9:00am-5:00pm

Venue: Face-to-face in CCANESA, with a live-virtual option via Zoom for those unable to make it to campus.

Cost: Free but registration is essential. Light refreshments provided for morning tea and lunch – please indicate dietary requirements upon registration. There are also a number of food and coffee outlets on campus.

Professional Development: Completing the Teaching Classical Languages Symposium 2022 will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/EYLF addressing standard descriptors 3.3.2 & 5.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

More information
Please contact Dr Tamara Neal or Dr Elizabeth Stockdale.



Aug 12 2022


9:00 am


Hybrid Event - in person & on Zoom

Other Locations

Madsen Building F09

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