Free Latin lessons for state school teachers
20 Jun 2008
The following anouncement caught my eye and seems to me an excellent example of universities putting something back into the wider education community:
The Cambridge School Classics Project (CSCP), part of the University of Cambridge, is launching an initiative to provide free distance learning courses in Latin for teachers in UK state schools.
Since 2000 the number of non-selective state schools offering Latin has increased from 150 to over 450, following the development of e-learning materials which allow students to study Latin where a specialist Latin teacher is not available. There are now over 300 ‘non-specialist’ teachers running beginners’ Latin courses in UK state schools. Many of these teachers would like to offer Latin to a higher level but lack the subject specialist knowledge to do so.
CSCP already runs a variety of distance learning courses in Latin, from beginners’ level up to GCSE and AS. The Project has now decided to allow teachers to follow these courses free of charge if they are running, or intending to run, a Latin class in their schools.
CSCP Director, Will Griffiths, said “I have seen for myself the skills, enthusiasm and commitment of teachers who are not Latin specialists but who are giving up their free time to help children learn Latin. Many would like to learn a little more Latin themselves and we are delighted to help them do so. This initiative will not only benefit the teachers themselves, but also the students they teach throughout their careers.”
More details: www.IndependentLearners.com