Neither Fish Nor Fowl: Thriving as a Modern Language Teacher in a Classical School

Friday, June 26 | 2:30-3:15pm

This workshop will address crucial questions about developing a vibrant, classical approach to teaching a modern language:

  • How does one balance the four essential skills of language acquisition while maintaining a classical approach?
  • How does one foster a classroom ethos where students will want to speak, comment, and engage with the best of a culture’s literature and arts?
  • Why is an interdisciplinary approach essential


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Lisa Snyder

Foreign Language Department Head
Covenant Christian Academy Colleyville

Lisa Snyder has taught foreign languages for 28 years. With experience ranging from teaching pre-k and grammar school exploratory programs to the standard sequential college classroom, Lisa has researched and applied effective methodologies for second language acquisition. An avid language student herself, she has studied Latin, French, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, American Sign Language, Russian, German, and a bit of Italian. Since 2002, Lisa has served as Foreign Language Department Head at Covenant Christian Academy. While maintaining a vibrant program at CCA has been her main focus, she has consulted with other classical schools to develop programs that align well with Classical education.