Hands Up Education


Keep up to date with the Hands Up calendar of events and online sessions. On this page you are able to book spaces for upcoming online sessions and watch recordings of previous sessions.


We will be presenting at the ACL this summer, as well as organizing our own conference (possibly in London, online, or both). In the meantime we'll run online sessions roughly once a month - please check back here soon.


Teaching Britannia
Sunday 28th February 2021
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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 civilisation, 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
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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
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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
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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
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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.