Our community activity involves eight Fifth formers travelling to Fitzharry’s secondary school in North Abingdon on Monday afternoons to teach forty minutes of beginners’ Latin to year 7 and 8 students. Using the Cambridge Latin Course, online and via textbooks, we explain how the language works, as well as aspects of Pompeiian culture. Everyone has found the teaching process very interesting, working with a different pair of pupils each week.
I was initially surprised at how difficult the teaching really was. I had expected to just be looking at nouns and some basic endings with the students but in just our fifth session, we have already completed three different tenses, three declensions of nouns, alongside a healthy amount of vocab.
The assignment has even taught me things I did not know before, learning about some Classical Civilization topics such as the architecture of temples and a typical forum in Pompeii. The pupils have been keen and eager to learn, and it has also consolidated my understanding of the language too!
Report by Xavier Coughlan, K Social, Fifth