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Talking Back to Teacher:
Orality and Prosody in the Secondary and University Classroom
Chris Ann Matteo, Organizer
Sponsored by the Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature
Joint Annual Meeting APA/AIA, Chicago, IL, January 2014
Since Distler’s Teach the Latin, I Pray You, Traupman’s Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiencyand the target-language approach of Balme and Lawall’s Athenaze, there has been an active reconsideration of the value of orality in the Greek and Latin classroom, whether the level is elementary, intermediate or advanced. How should both experienced and novice teachers incorporate oral Greek or Latin in the high school or college classroom? Currently, such topics are debated on social networks, where independent groups of like-minded spokespersons are debating the value of prosody, production of meaning the target language, assessment and philosophy. The papers for this panel are expected neither as apologetics for nor as censures of oral techniques of teaching.
This panel invites new contributions from the university or secondary classroom as well as the outreach community of oral reading enthusiasts. Some of the questions open to debate include:
Is orality a fad or an indispensible teaching strategy?
What theories guide the pedagogy of oral language acquisition?
What texts are optimal for students at all levels, ages and interests?
What training ought to be offered to extend the appreciation of oral Greek and Latin in classroom settings?
What effects does orality in the classroom have on our understanding of ancient Roman or Greek poetics and versification, prose rhythm, figures of speech or sound?
What is the benefit of oral teaching for the philologist?
What effects could orality in the classroom have on our understanding of performance and genre?
The Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature (SORGLL) heartily encourages oral reading or performance of texts as part of the papers chosen for delivery.
Abstracts should be sent to Andrew Becker (Virginia Tech) andrew.becker AT vt.edu by March 1 2013. Abstracts must conform to APA guidelines (see http://apaclassics.org/index.php/annual_meeting/instructions_for_authors_of_abstracts for details). All abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by three external referees.