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How classical languages ​​are (still) taught... Promotion action in the pre-university environment

How classical languages ​​are (still) taught... Promotion action in the pre-university environment

According to the promotion plan of the Bachelor of Classical Languages ​​program (Latin language and literature - Ancient Greek language and literature), after the simulation supported by the students of the final high school classes in order to take the baccalaureate exam, we resumed the series of visits to the high schools in the area of west. Thus, after the visit to the "Anghel Saligny" High School in Simeria in December and the open lesson with the title Is Latin spoken in Harry Potter? made in online format by Ms. lect. university Dr. Gabriela Radu, this month, on March 12, 2024, we were the guests of the "Iancu de Hunedoara" National College in Hunedoara and of the "JL Calderon" Theoretical High School in Timișoara, on March 19, 2024. As usual, our team, representing the College of classical languages, it was made up of teaching staff (lecturer, dr. Elena Sandu and lec. lect. dr. Gabriela Radu), as well as students of the first and second year, studying Latin A or A '.

Our central objective was both to promote the newly accredited program and, in general, to inform and educate young people about the benefits of studying classical languages ​​which, unfortunately, do not enjoy support measures, considering for example, the removal of the Latin language from the subjects supported at the baccalaureate in the philological profile. Latin teachers Florina Poenaru and Gabi Tolocică in Simeria, Floriana Tășală, in Hunedoara, recently admitted to the colloquium for teaching degree I in UVT, and Aurelia Ihnatiuc, at the Theoretical High School "JL Calderon" from Timișoara, all being alumni of the Faculty of Letters, History and Theology in Timișoara from different graduations.

The activity was focused, following the following program: in the first part, the presentation of the program took place, with data and information presented through a slideshow, student testimonials on how they integrated and personal opinions about the program. The second part included demonstration samples of a practical course, one of colloquial Latin held by Ms. university lecturer. Dr. Gabriela Radu, in discussion with the participating students, another translation of a Latin text, in an interactive manner and using exclusively electronic sources: the text was extracted from a digital library, copied on a google.doc which simultaneously becomes " blackboard" and "notebook" and are created along the way in course support, which students have the right to edit from the moment they are created, so that they intervene to solve various tasks. Dictionaries are used online, including the etymological one, maps, images, useful links are inserted, sources are consulted online regarding elements of ancient culture and civilization relevant to the understanding of the text, the inter- and multidisciplinarity, the diachronic perspective, is achieved in an extremely fast and attractive manner. 

I designed this demonstration-based strategy to facilitate students' imagination exercise with the aim of being able to imagine themselves as classics students and at the same time to attract their interest through the very modern and effective means of study that classical languages ​​have through the contribution of prestigious universities in the world. Beyond the students' immediate reaction of pleasant surprise to the way the lessons are conducted, we hope for a change in perspective on classical languages, which is why we invited high school students to visit us, together with their teachers, at UVT, to participate in courses and take a familiarization tour.

                                                                                         Lect. university Dr. Elena Sand

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