Tela Latina

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Taken from Dr Siegel's presentation (acccessed 2006-10-05):

Nature of the Project

to create a single, official (APA/ACL sanctioned and/or sponsored) "Latin on the Web" supersite in between two extremes: (a) a site built from scratch that would reinvent the wheel and (b) a gateway site to already existing sites that will go through a peer review process before being accepted. The site will be dedicated to presenting Latin materials useful to students using any textbook.

Rationale for the Project

Certain needs exist and are not being met:

  • guidance for those seeking reliable web resources for the study of Latin regardless of choice of text or level of study
  • a guarantee of quality (accurate information and presentation and in many cases, programming)
  • standards by which the effectiveness of such pages can be ascertained (tone, attitude, and programming issues)
  • legitimizing the effort and achievement of teaching professionals who create pedagogical materials but are not rewarded for it under the current system
  • expansion of the audience for author's worthwhile materials
  • stability in an ever-changing world of links and affiliations (a reliable and up-to-date resource center)

Goals of the Project

  1. Design and build a common website under APA/ACL aegis that would attempt to provide the most comprehensive and authoritative help possible for teachers and students of all levels looking to start or continue Latin study.
  2. Index existing web-based resources for Latin teaching.
  3. Commission such pieces of the site as a managing committee determines to be necessary to fill gaps in currently available resources.
  4. Create a general (not text-specific) database from which all sorts of automated drills can be constructed.
  5. Provide a peer review process for Latin pedagogy websites that will provide a mechanism to help users (to distinguish the good from the bad from the ugly) as well as help legitimize the efforts of those writing the webpages — a way to provide necessary evidence of excellence for tenure review boards. Peer review will also raise the bar in terms of quality of resources presented for review.