ABOUT THIS CONFERENCE

We are delighted to once again offer our A Level Latin conference, NEW for summer 2019, which promises to be another informative, stimulating and enjoyable conference for all A Level Latin teachers, Heads of Classics and others involved in promoting Classics at A Level. The conference for summer 2019 focuses on the current set texts and one of the new set prose texts for 2022 and 2023, as well as key aspects for teaching A level Latin.

This year we are pleased to welcome back Fiachra Mac Góráin (Associate Professor of Classics, UCL), Gesine Manuwald (Professor of Latin, Head of Classics Department, UCL), Dr Andrew Sillett (Lecturer in Classics, St Hilda’s College, Oxford) and Dr Christopher Whitton (Senior Lecturer and Director of Studies in Classics, Emmanuel College, Cambridge University).

We also welcome back Dr Rob Cromarty (Deputy Head of Classics, Wellington College) Henry Cullen (Head of Classics, Colfe’s School, London) and as always, Dr John Taylor (Lecturer in Classics, University of Manchester; former Examiner) who will be leading sessions during the day.

All speakers will be available during the day for discussion or questions. As always, Hellenic Books will be displaying at the conference.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Enhance your understanding of the new set texts
  • Hear from distinguished experts their discussions on the texts
  • Deepen your understanding of the key demands in the new examinations
  • Take away new teaching approaches for teaching the set texts
  • Take away fresh strategies for stretching able students and achieving the highest grades
CONFERENCE DATE London Friday 21 June 2019
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? 
  • Heads of Classics
  • A Level Latin teachers
  • Leaders involved in promoting Classics
CONFERENCE CODE 7454
INCLUDED
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues

 

9.55 – 10.00am
Welcome and Introduction

Dr John Taylor Lecturer in Classics, University of Manchester; former Examiner


10.00 – 10.45am
Tacitus: Histories I.4-7, 12-14, 17-23, 26, 27-36, 39-44, 49 (plus 17-26, 37-38, 45-48 in English)

Dr Christopher Whitton Senior Lecturer and Director of Studies in Classics, Emmanuel College, Cambridge University

  • Tacitus on emperors and their character: the gloomy Galba and the usurping Otho
  • Disasters and omens
  • The arcanum imperii: home and abroad in the Histories
  • Getting to grips with Tacitean language and style

10.45 – 11.30am
Option Strand 1

Option 1A: Cicero: Pro Cluentio, taken from Murder at Larinum 1-7, 10-11, 27-32, 35-37 (plus 9-18, 43-61, 181-185 in English

Dr Andrew Sillett Lecturer in Classics, St Hilda’s College, Oxford

  • A Roman murder mystery: high life and low life in Larinum
  • How Cicero conducts the defence of Cluentius
  • Character portrayal of Oppicianus and Sassia
  • The language and style of Cicero

Option 1B: Teaching Literature: Stretching and challenging able students

Henry Cullen Head of Classics, Colfe’s School, London

  • Deep examination of context – using who?/what?/when?/why? questions to push students
  • Different approaches to discussing and writing about style
  • What makes a strong A-Level commentary? How can we build up to this?
  • Working up to full essay questions, and using them to stretch students

11.30 – 11.50am
Break


11.50 – 12.45pm
Option Strand 2

Option 2A: Cicero: Philippic II.44-5, 78-92, 100-119 (plus 78-99 in English)

Dr Christopher Whitton Senior Lecturer and Director of Studies in Classics, Emmanuel College, Cambridge University

  • Cicero and the climate of Roman politics
  • The character and aims of Antony
  • Demosthenes and the conventions of oratory
  • The language and style of Cicero

Option 2B: Greek Session

Dr Rob Cromarty Deputy Head of Classics, Wellington College

  • Reflections on the Specification post-First Assessments
  • Literature Options and Course Design
  • Language – Difficult is Worth Doing
  • Marginal Gains and Maximising Attainment

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch & Hellenic Books display


1.45 – 2.20pm
Option Strand 3

Option 3A: Virgil Aeneid XI.1-224, 498-521, 532-596, 648, 725-835 (plus rest of XI in English)

Dr Christopher Whitton Senior Lecturer and Director of Studies in Classics, Emmanuel College, Cambridge University

  • Virgil’s Iliad: Trojans and Italians in combat and mourning
  • Turnus on the warpath
  • The role and character of Camilla
  • Virgilian narrative and style

Option 3B: Ovid Amores 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.10,2.12 (plus 2.1, 2.9 [both parts], 2.11, 2.15, 2.17, 2.18 in English)

Gesine Manuwald Professor of Latin, Head of Classics Department, UCL

  • Ovid and the conventions of Latin love elegy
  • The ups and downs of Ovid’s relationship with Corinna
  • The poet’s portrayal of himself
  • Sincerity and humour in Ovid

2.20 – 2.25pm
Afternoon Tea & Refreshments


2.25 – 3.15pm
Option Strand 4

Option 4A: Horace Satires 1.1 (lines 1-12 and 28-100), 1.3 (lines 25-75), 2.2 (lines 1-30, 70-111), Odes 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6 (plus 3.1, 3.7, 3.8, 3.11, 3.12, 3.16, 3.30 in English)

Fiachra Mac Góráin Associate Professor of Classics, UCL

  • Horace in his Augustan setting: a political poet?
  • The poet’s self-portrait in the Satires
  • Tradition and innovation in the Odes
  • Recurrent themes and the cult of moderation

Option 4B: Prose Composition/Comprehension

Dr Rob Cromarty  Deputy Head of Classics, Wellington College

  • Option Choice and Pupil Preparation: Which Route is Best?
  • Common Mistakes and How to Provide Guidance
  • Fitting Language Skills into a Scheme of Work
  • Stylistic Latin

3.15 – 3.50pm
Accessing the Top Grades

Dr John Taylor Lecturer in Classics, University of Manchester; former Examiner

  • Text and context
  • Writing successfully about set texts
  • Cracking the language papers
  • Top tips for the exam room

Dr Rob Cromarty

Head of Classics, Wellington College

Henry Cullen

Head of Classics, Colfe’s School, London

Fiachra Mac Góráin

Associate Professor of Classics, UCL

Gesine Manuwald

Professor of Latin, Head of Classics Department, UCL

Dr Andrew Sillett

Lecturer in Classics, St Hlda’s College, Oxford

Dr John Taylor

Lecturer in Classics, University of Manchester; former Examiner

Dr Christopher Whitton

Senior Lecturer and Director of Studies in Classics, Emmanuel College, Cambridge University