Frequently Asked Questions
CyberCaesar makes learning Latin interesting and accessible to everyone. From a teacher's point of view, it's a godsend - no more marking! From a pedagogical point of view, it frees the teacher to actually teach and to provide genuine one-to-one instruction. From a student's point of view, all the resources are readily to hand and corrective feedback is provided automatically if a mistake is made. From a management point of view, it displays student progress clearly and can provide an opportunity for learning Latin in a school with no specialist teachers.
The course itself has been used for eight years and has proven incredibly popular. Not only has the number of students opting for Latin doubled but results have been stunning. The course not only appeals to students, it also teaches them very effectively.
What does the course teach?
CyberCaesar teaches the Latin language up to GCSE standard. An A Level course is in development.
How does it work?
There is no set approach to using CyberCaesar. Teachers can adapt the course to suit their own preferred philosophy to teaching. However the resources available promote both the flipped classroom, allowing students to receive language instruction beyond the conventional confines of the classroom, as well as blended learning, which harmoniously combines traditional and digital approaches to education. Teachers can read the narratives in lessons, explaining new linguistic concepts as a class encounters them and then set the online exercises as homework. Alternatively the online exercises can form part of a classroom lesson, allowing the teacher to set learning activities as homework.
Is it all too modern and trendy?
Not at all. We like to think that the course encapsulates traditional, modern and digital approaches to learning Latin.
The approach to language instruction is actually very traditional. We concentrate on teaching the basics from the word "ite!" All of the cases are learned within the first eight topics and we place strong emphasis on translating English into Latin.
However the principles of the language are initially introduced inductively, using the more modern methods of a reading course. In our long experience of teaching the language, we acknowledge that reading courses can be an effective way of introducing new linguistic concepts.
However the digital approaches to Latin found in CyberCaesar really consolidate understanding of all aspects of the language. Video lessons can be used either to introduce a new concept or to provide reinforcement to classroom instruction. Flashcards help students learn vocabulary and grammar more effectively. Online exercises improve retention of information through practice and helpful feedback.
What if I'm not familiar with all these new technologies?
You don't need to be. The course is fairly intuitive. Even if you do get a bit muddled, help is always at hand from us. Just get in touch and we will walk you through all aspects of the course.
Is the course interesting?
Absolutely. The narratives in themselves would make up an extremely popular course as we read of the experiences of a senatorial family in Herculaneum, Pompeii, Rome and Britain. The lessons are captivating and vibrant. The other resources are clear and helpful.
How often will the course be updated?
Constantly! As a working course, all elements are constantly used, evaluated and updated.
Where can I find all the resources?
Everything can be found on this website. There is part of the course just for teachers where much helpful information can be found.
Why aren't all the words in a narrative linked to their meaning?
We feel that if the meaning of every single word is provided to a student, there is less need to learn vocabulary rigorously. If a student cannot remember a word that ought to have been learned previously, we feel that the student should make an effort to discover the meaning in order to make them learn the vocabulary item more thoroughly.