Latin teachers from North Carolina and eight other US states converged on Belmont Abbey College January 19-21 for an intensive weekend learning how to apply the best of modern-language teaching to their own Latin classes. Their workshop on Rassias Method® Teaching Methodology for Latin Teachers was led by Helene Rassias-Miles, Executive Director of Ivy-league Dartmouth College’s Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures. Rassias-Miles is the daughter and educational heir of renowned Dartmouth professor the late John A. Rassias, whose language teaching approach is in use in over 800 schools and colleges worldwide today. Assisted by noted teacher-trainer Jason Slanga of Albuquerque and by BAC Associate Professor of Latin Nancy Llewellyn, Rassias-Miles led participants through a series of high-energy teaching exercises that are already showing inspiring results in classrooms from Texas and Kansas to Massachusetts and Washington DC.
“This workshop was the most incredible thing I’ve ever done for myself as a teacher and as a professional,” said veteran Latin teacher Emily Lewis of Lake Braddock Secondary School in Virginia. Equally enthusiastic was Tom Thorne of Pennsylvania’s Mercersburg Academy. “Over thirty-two years, I’ve been to a lot of workshops,” Thorne said, “and this is hands-down the most useful, and the most applicable to the things that I do every day.” The College is planning a sequel workshop for early October 2018.