I think my favourite part of teaching last year was when students asked me questions about Latin. They constantly tried to find links to what they were learning: one girl said she did Latin dancing, and I had a hard time explaining to how that came about. One boy (consistently) kept asking if I could speak Latin, to which I had to tell him that no, I could not; I can only read and translate it; to which he replied something along the lines of “what’s the point?” which sparked useful discussions.
It was great to be able to share my enthusiasm for Latin with the children and introduce them into something new and completely different to what they’re used to. Hopefully I was able to inspire some of them, if not with the Latin language or Romans, with the possibility they have to further their education through A-levels and University one day.
Written by Silke Davison