I would like to apply for funding to develop electronic, real-time, target-language response materials and incorporate elements of a “flipped” classroom to the introductory and intermediate Latin courses (LAT 101, LAT 102, LAT 201). The materials will supplement my Internet Workbook for the Oxford Latin Course (http://artemis.austincollege.edu/acad/cml/rcape/latin/), which has been one of the most successful and most heavily accessed web projects hosted by Austin College for over a decade, serving hundreds of users in many countries. It has, however, become dated. This project would allow me to add two new features that were not available when I began the Workbook: timed exercises in the target language, and a repository of video lectures about Latin and English language principles, with custom exercises designed to help students understand the material.
The second set of materials I plan to develop will provide short videos focused on language content (both English and Latin), and new exercises based on the videos for student review prior to class. These materials are typically used in the so-called “flipped” classroom, but my intention is not to “flip” the class, but to provide more content and exercise practice before and after new concepts are introduced. I have tried it with two chapters this semester and the students were ecstatic about it. Not only could they replay the videos to hear again the concept of verbal adjectives and antecedents (we did these for present participles and relative pronouns, two rather tricky grammatical constructions for students to understand), they also heard them presented in three slightly different ways, improving their chances of understanding how these words work. My goal is to create new materials and assemble already existing materials into a series of web pages keyed to our textbook, and to assign them for every chapter. I will also make a series of review questions tied to the videos to help students be sure they understand the principles before they come to class.
These projects will allow me to integrate technology more fully into my teaching and will significantly enhance the amount of technology used in the course. Latin 101 and 201 are offered every fall, Latin 102 every spring, so the gains from this grant will be realized semester. I also intend to work with Martin Wells on his project, so our classical languages courses will be aligned, and with Mo Pelzel to learn new digital applications.