thesaurus wrote:What I found interesting is that one of the two test sections involves listening to and accurately transcribing recited Latin. This seems strange, but I like how it somewhat approximates a living language test, and I think a good Latin teacher shouldn't have any problem with it.
It is odd. I have never in my life even thought about transcribing latin. I can think of a million ways to test an Oral familiarity with Latin that are better. My guess is that they are trying to avoid the vocabulary problem (someone may have 1000 words down by sight but only 100 by sound). I think a more practical way to do it (and I am far from a practical man) is to limit it to classroom discussions. Maybe ask questions about weather, homework, books, etc. Tell person ahead of time what the topics are. Maybe even create a worksheet or limit it to the first five chapters of Traupman.
thesaurus wrote:I think you're right to point out that the test itself will be the least of my concerns when it comes to actually teaching.
Well, I did not mean to imply this. I myself am terrified by these types of tests because you have nothing to gain from them. You are expected to pass. There is only shame in a less than stellar score. It is bad enough that people treat Latin Teachers like some Jeopardy star. Obscure trivia.....ask magister. These types of things are a little like Jay Leno's Jaywalking. If I ever saw him come over to me with a microphone, I would run as if he were a rabid dog.
When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him. ~Swift