Hands Up Education

TEACHER TRAINING

Free teacher training

We provide free training online (via Skype, Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, etc.), or if you are in the UK we can come to your school (you’ll just need to pay our travel costs).

You can also schedule a chat with one of the team at any time or send us an email to contact@hands-up-education.org.

Upcoming events – online

Suburani Book 3 (US teachers)
Thursday 7th July, 12:00 pm EST
Session details

Following the success of Suburani Books 1 and 2 work has begun on Book 3, designed for students transitioning to reading authentic Latin literature. We will share sample material from the new textbook and invite feedback on the content and structure. We will also present a plan for other themes of chapters in the book including proposed passages and authors. There will also be a demonstration of the digital support that will be available to aid translation. This session is an opportunity for teachers to share their own ideas and give feedback.

This session is for US teachers. UK teachers can join us at our conferences in London and York this summer.

Upcoming events – in person

We will also be attending:

Previous online sessions

These links will take you to recordings of our sessions on our YouTube channel.


Suburani Digital: overview and update
Sunday 15th May, 4:00 pm BST
Session details

A full overview of the Suburani digital edition. We look at the digital support for Suburani, including the online edition (Activebooks) and the interactive resources and tracking functionality. Then we cover account management and how school, student, and individual accounts work. Finally, we discuss plans for future development and invite suggestions and feedback.

This session is suitable for teachers currently using Suburani, and for those interested in using Suburani to find out more.


UK teachers’ experiences using Suburani
Tuesday 16th November, 7:30 pm BST
Session details

Sana Van Dal (Trinity School, Croydon), Otti Olivero (Rooks Heath School, Harrow), and Sara Aguilar (Freman College, Hertfordshire) will join us to talk about how they use Suburani in their schools. They will discuss pacing and progress, and how the students are reacting to the course. They will also share some of the successes and challenges and their thoughts on how lessons and students' learning has changed as a result of switching to Suburani.

This talk is suitable for teachers who have just started using the course, or who are thinking about using it, in the UK.


Using novellas in the classroom
Sunday 17th October, 4 pm BST
Session details

This session focuses on how to use Suburani to prepare students for the OCR and Eduqas GCSE examinations. Suburani is designed to prepare students of all abilities for Latin GCSE. Eduqas GCSE language content is covered by the end of Chapter 26, and OCR by the end of Chapter 32. This session looks at exactly how Suburani maps to GCSE, gives practical tips on pacing for a variety of teaching times, and explains how the course can help you increase the number of students continuing to GCSE.



Preparing for GCSE Latin with Suburani
Tuesday 5th October, 7:30 pm BST
Session details

This session focuses on how to use Suburani to prepare students for the OCR and Eduqas GCSE examinations. Suburani is designed to prepare students of all abilities for Latin GCSE. Eduqas GCSE language content is covered by the end of Chapter 26, and OCR by the end of Chapter 32. This session looks at exactly how Suburani maps to GCSE, gives practical tips on pacing for a variety of teaching times, and explains how the course can help you increase the number of students continuing to GCSE.



US teachers' experiences using Suburani
Tuesday 7th September, 1 pm EST
Session details

In this inspiring, fun and practical session, three US teachers share their experiences of using Suburani in the classroom over the last few years.



Preparing to teach EDUQAS Latin Literature
Wednesday 1st September 10 am BST
Session details

This session looks at preparing to teach new prescribed set text material for EDUQAS Latin Component 2: Latin Literature (Themes) exploring different classroom activities designed to engage students and prepare them for the exam.

This session is aimed at non-specialist teachers but it may also appeal to early careers teachers.


Language teaching with Suburani
Monday 26th July 4 pm BST, 11 am EST
Session details

This session will take you through the linguistic map of Suburani Books 1 and 2 and the core vocabulary. We will also look at ways in which the ancillary materials in the book and the website can be used to consolidate learning.



The storyline of Suburani: Books 1 and 2
Friday 23rd July 4 pm BST, 11 am EST
Session details

This session will go through the storyline of Suburani, introducing the characters and explaining some of the motivation behind their narratives. It will also highlight the locations where the story is set and pick out some of the key themes.


Using the software of Suburani
Thursday 22nd July 4 pm BST, 11 am EST
Session details

This session will give an overview of how school, student, and individual accounts work. Then we look at the digital support for Suburani, including the online edition (Activebooks) and the online print and digital ancillary materials. From there we move on to look at interactive resources and tracking functionality. Finally, we will look at the analyses of a student's strengths and weaknesses which the activities generate, with the aim of helping teachers provide better support for each individual student.


An introduction to Suburani
Wednesday 21st July 4 pm BST, 11 am EST
Session details

This one-hour session gives you an overview of Suburani, Books 1 and 2. We look at its aims, some of its characters, and the linguistical map. We look at the locations in which the storyline is set, and the book's approach to myth and history, as well as the topics covered in the civilization sections. The session is designed for those who want a quick introduction to the course.


Teaching Britannia
Sunday 28th February 2021
Session details

An overview of Chapters 7-10 of Suburani. We investigate the storyline, introduce the characters we meet in Britannia, cover the language development in these chapters and dive into the civilization, history and mythology topics.

This session is suitable for anyone currently teaching or interested in teaching with Suburani.


Suburani Book 2 preview
Sunday 3rd January 2021
Session details

This session is appropriate for all UK and NA teachers.

In this session the Hands Up team take you through an overview of Suburani Book 2. We share detailed summaries of all the language and culture topics, as well as the themes of the mythology and history pages. Finally, teachers share their thoughts and ideas for Book 2 and beyond.


Interview with Hilary Long, author of Celer
Monday 23rd November 2020
Session details

A talk with Hilary Long, who has written a Latin novella for beginner students called Celer. Following the dog from Suburani as he meets his friends on the different hills of Rome, the book is aimed at Novice level Latin students in the first few months of a Latin I class.


New Eduqas literature selection: Magic and Superstition
Tuesday 4th August 2020
Session details

This session is appropriate for UK teachers preparing students for Eduqas GCSE.

If you’re a non-specialist Latin teacher, or lack confidence in teaching literature, then this is the session for you. Sara takes a few extracts from the Magic and Superstition prescription and discusses the literary elements within them. She then looks at ways of engaging the students with the literature during the year, and preparing them for GCSE assessment.



An introduction to Suburani
Thursday 6th August 2020
Session details

This one-hour session gives you an overview of Suburani. We look at its aims, some of its characters, and the order in which language elements are taken. We also present the cultural topics, the locations in which the storyline is set, and the book's approach to myth and history. Finally, we take a quick look at the online edition of the course, together with the software that's available to support teaching and learning with Suburani. The session is designed for those who want a quick introduction to the course.



Teaching Roman culture in a reading course
Tuesday 11th August 2020
Session details

This session uses Suburani as its model, but is appropriate for teachers using other reading courses.

Many reading courses are set in the ancient world not because the study of Roman civilization forms an interesting background to learning Latin, nor because it helps to 'sweeten the pill' of Latin grammar, but because the authors believe one of the aims of learning Latin is to gain an understanding of the ancient world and its peoples. In this session we explore how we can use images in the texts to develop students' knowledge of the ancient world, and how we can use stories as sources, developing skills which students can later use to interrogate original Latin texts. We also consider techniques for using the secondary and primary sources in our courses, both inside and outside the classroom.



Varying your approach to stories in a reading course
Thursday 13th August 2020
Session details

This session uses Suburani as its model, but is appropriate for teachers using other reading courses.

By their nature, reading courses include a very high number of stories. It's easy to fall into the habit of taking a similar approach with every story. Whether you're new to a reading course, or have been using one for many years, this session aims to provide you with a wide variety of approaches to stories. We look at how stories are written, what they aim to achieve, and how we can get the most out of them. We also think about differentiating our approach for those students who struggle and for those who want a greater challenge, and we consider ways in which we can adapt our teaching when time is limited.



Language teaching with Suburani
Tuesday 18th August 2020
Session details

This session is appropriate for those who plan to teach with Suburani in the next few years.

We first look at the linguistic map of the first two books, in order to set the context. Then we take a couple of chapters as case studies, and investigate how the language develops through each chapter. We look at how to use the images in the graphic stories to help introduce new language, how to develop that initial introduction through the subsequent stories, how to prepare for and use the language notes, and the ways in which we can use the ancillary materials in the book and the website to consolidate learning. We also explain how the vocabulary for the course has been chosen, and consider a variety of methods for helping students with their language acquisition.



Digital support for Suburani, and tracking student progress
Thursday 20th August 2020
Session details

This session is appropriate for those who are interested in the digital support for Suburani.

We start with a short overview of how school, student, and individual accounts work. Then we look at the existing digital support for Suburani, including the online edition and the online print and digital ancillary materials. From there we move on to look at the vocabulary trainer, outlining the way in which it operates and the information it passes to the student and the teacher. Finally, we look ahead to the new digital activities we are developing, and the analyses of a student's strengths and weaknesses which the activities will generate, with the aim of helping teachers provide better support for each individual student.




If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at contact@hands-up-education.org.