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The New Zealand Curriculum.

This site has been developed to support The New Zealand Curriculum

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Possible learning experiences

Levels 1 and 2

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:

  • responding to requests for personal details (name, age, health) in Latin;
  • answering questions on pictures, for example, responding with the term servus to the question quis est? when shown a picture of a slave;
  • role-playing being “the teacher”, for example, when taking the roll or the class is packing up;
  • identifying sounds of letters and letter combinations, for example, when reading aloud;
  • role-playing particular situations, such as introductions;
  • filling in gaps in dialogue;
  • listening to numbers and identifying the numbers that correspond to them;
  • explaining the meaning of English words from the meaning of prefixes that derive from Latin;
  • discussing differences between English and Latin;
  • making posters and/or models, for example, domus, a map of the Roman Empire, or figures from classical myths and legends;
  • comparing Roman times with the present day, for example, looking at the role of fathers;
  • writing imaginary stories as a Roman boy or girl;
  • preparing and staging a Roman dinner – reading recipes by Apicius, making invitations, and organising dress and seating;
  • using a range of media to investigate features of Roman civilisation, for example, documentaries, movies, the Internet, and English translations of Latin texts.

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