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The New Zealand Curriculum.

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Possible learning experiences

Level 7

These learning activities suggest ways of enabling language learning in communicative language-learning situations and appropriate socio-cultural contexts. They may be usefully applied to any or all achievement objectives.

Students could be learning through:

  • working in pairs or groups with reference material to translate Latin texts;
  • comparing an English translation with an answer key of the same text from Latin;
  • grouping words into sense or grammatical units within a sentence in order to assist comprehension;
  • debating a point of view;
  • comparing an English translation with the original Latin text , for example, Wilson-Knight’s translation of Aeneid 2 or 4 with Virgil’s text;
  • discussing as a class, or in groups or pairs, the meaning and possible translation of words or phrases in their literary context, for example, pius: pious, dutiful, true-hearted;
  • commenting on or assessing a writer’s point of view or the literary effects he or she has created, for example, in discussion groups or blogs;
  • tracking Julius Caesar’s rise to power through the cursus honorum and reporting findings;
  • scanning lines of dactylic hexameter and commenting on the effect of metre;
  • exploring ways that post-classical art forms (literature, music, painting, sculpture, architecture) have been influenced by Latin literature and language, and presenting findings, for example, the tragedy of Dido in Book IV and Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas.

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