DIY FVR Library

Free voluntary reading can be a great way for students to get the variety of comprehensible input they need to succeed. It’s also a great way to get students reading in the target language, period, so those long passages at higher levels seem much less intimidating.

However, building a FVR library is a huge task. You need a book for every student. You need a variety of books for them to pick from. You need books that are 100% comprehensible at your students’ current level. That’s a tough checklist that can cost tons of time and money.

There’s an easier way, though! It still takes time, but it’s time well spent. It comes at a fraction of the cost compared to buying pre-published readers, and gives you the opportunity to ensure that your library contains stories that your students actually want to read. The DIY FVR library is an idea that I’ve seen tossed around online, and here’s my take on it.Read More »

Iter Īcarī

Iter Īcarī was inspired by CPLI’s Pauvre Anne series, which I’ve always enjoyed using in my French classes. The series takes a good range of TPR and TPRS vocabulary, adds a dash of plot and high-frequency extra words, and offers a great cumulative reading experience for my French students at all levels. I wanted my Latin students to have the same experience, but I wanted it to be tailored to a Latin-specific range of vocabulary and culture.

The result was Iter Īcarī, a tale that begins with the myth of Daedalus and Icarus and ends centuries later at the Nashville Parthenon. The story uses classical and modern conversational Latin and all the typical structures found in a first-year Latin curriculum, including a famous quote from Latin literature at the start of each chapter. A full Latin-English glossary accompanies the text.Read More »