2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

Tech-Friendly Ancients: Using Apps to Teach Latin Vocabulary and Grammar
Callyn N. Burgess
Dr. Rebecca Harrison and Dr. Bridget Thomas, Faculty Mentors

Apps are revolutionizing the way people communicate. Right at everyone's fingertips lies a tool that teaches language in every permutation: lexical, oral, and grammatical. These apps encompass a variety of languages in a variety of language families. However, they provide a singular focus on spoken, modern languages and omit the acquisition of dead languages most specifically Latin. This begs the question: can a learner acquire a seemingly obsolete language from technology? Also, how can these apps be employed in a Latin classroom setting? Assuming that formal instruction occurs simultaneously, I posit that apps can be used to reinforce vocabulary and some basic grammar forms while simultaneously strengthening the efforts of Latin language students. Using an app to reinforce vocabulary outside of class while teaching grammatical basics and translation tools in the classroom allows students a firmer grasp of both aspects, thus building a better Latin learner.

Keywords: Technology, Language Acquisition, Teaching Language, Latin, Vocabulary, Grammar


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 118-3
Location: OP 2117
Time: 8:30

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