JSB is my new hero. I mean, I really enjoyed watching him work and hearing him speak. He’s authentic, intelligent, sincere. The real deal.

Justin has astonishing vision for big-picture language-learning goals and how to achieve them through day-to-day, small-picture processes.

Justin Slocum Bailey makes me feel calm and capable.

Units & Lessons, Ready-Made

We've done the work for you.

Whether you're teaching level 1 or 5, whether you're using a textbook or not, you have things you want your students to learn and do better. Coming up with ideas and materials to facilitate this learning takes time and confidence that are a luxury for many Latin teachers.

Joy and Efficiency

Units & Lessons from the TeachHuman Latin Teacher Lab are designed to help learners quickly become comfortable with Latin words and constructions in context, and then move smoothly from this initial exposure on to an enjoyable, successful experience with Latin texts.

Research-informed, Classroom-tested

In keeping with research in second language acquisition and second language literacy, these lessons help students interact with large amounts of Latin input—some spoken, much written—about topics that are both compelling to 21st-century learners and relevant in the reading of Latin texts and in the understanding of the people and communities that have produced them.

What's in a Lesson?

Lessons in the TeachHuman Latin Teacher Lab are generally inspired by, and usually build to, a specific Latin text. Sometimes this text is drawn from a popular ancient work, sometimes from a less commonly read work or author. As a result, both teachers and students are exposed to a much wider range of texts and ideas than usual.

Scaffolding & Supplementary Texts

Starting with a powerful hook and moving through a strategic and fun sequence of communicative tasks, lessons involve students in listening to Latin, negotiating meaning, co-creating Latin texts, and reading a variety of texts that help students grow both in general Latin reading proficiency and in the ability to read, analyze, and enjoy the lesson's or unit's target text.

Supplemental texts include not only stories cleverly written with vocabulary and constructions from the target text, but also a range of simplified versions of the target text itself—a strategy that the Romans themselves found helpful. This makes it possible to use units and lessons with students at many different stages in their Latin development, which means that teachers can use materials from the same unit with multiple levels of students, greatly reducing the time and work that teachers need to spend preparing their classes.

Reading & Listening

The Latin Teacher Lab includes expressive audio recordings of all texts—target texts, scaffolded versions, and supplementary texts—providing yet another way for students to experience the texts and acquire the language.

Demos & Scripts for Specific Activities

Through the Latin Teacher Lab's Demo Series & Library, teachers can watch Justin Slocum Bailey demonstrating the very tasks and techniques involved in the lessons. Teachers who would like to speak some Latin with their students, but don't always feel confident in their ability to do so, can not only imitate Justin's demos, but also rely on provided scripts for Latin Q&A with students.

In case you want additional guidance, the Latin Teacher Lab includes the Coaching Series, in which you can get direct help from Justin and other teachers with just about any aspect of teaching Latin.

Sample Overview of Lesson Plans

This video offers an overview of the Sulpicia-inspired plans from September 2021, as an example of the kind of materials that are published in the Latin Teacher Lab each month. You can download the lesson plans and some other materials mentioned in the video as a free sample here (link opens in new tab).

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Meet Your Guide

About Justin Slocum Bailey

I'm Justin. I created this site and this series to make your teacher-life better.

I've been a teacher (of Latin, language arts, guitar, test prep, and martial arts) for sixteen years and a teacher-trainer for ten. In the process, I've been invited to share ideas with teachers in 11 countries and 31 U.S. states, and I've gotten to learn new things myself at every stop.

I am head over heels about helping teachers and learners succeed with less stress and more joy, and Latin teachers and learners have a special place in this endeavor. As a founding host of the Quomodo Dicitur? podcast, a long-time board member and instructor for the North American Institute for Living Latin Studies (SALVI), and a frequent presenter at international conferences, I bring joyful Latin teaching methods wherever I can. I also helped design, over the course of several years, the International Baccaulaureate's (IB) upcoming revised Diploma Programme for Classical Languages, an experience that widened my understanding of the issues Latin teachers face in various teaching contexts.

I'm thrilled to be able to distill what I've learned into Latin Teacher Lab so that you can confidently help all kinds of learners acquire and enjoy Latin!

When I'm not teaching or helping other teachers, I'm writing and making music, playing board games, podcasting, or chatting on a porch. I hope we get to chat sometime, whether online or in person! If you have any questions about this or any other program, please feel free to get in touch.

Justin Slocum Bailey is the ultimate educator. He brings to every one of his pursuits extensive knowledge, curiosity about both language and people, a sense of humor, and an extraordinary ability to connect. As I strive to improve my own teaching, I try to channel what I have seen in him. He is thorough, clear, exciting, talented, interesting, and fun.

~ Jacqui Bloomberg, MA, Latin Teacher and World Language Department Head, Dana Hall School (MA)

Justin Slocum Bailey took a language most people consider long dead and brought it to life as if it were the lyrics to my son’s favorite song. He not only taught him the joys of language—all language—but he also inspired him to approach life as a deep thinker, a global communicator, and a passionate advocate for the interconnectedness of all people. And he ignited in him a passion for learning that has extended into every part of his life. I will be forever grateful.

~ Ed Solomon, screenwriter (Men in Black, Charlie's Angels, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Now You See Me)

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What People Say

Feedback on Justin's courses and training

One of the most inspiring teachers, and humans, I've had the pleasure of knowing.

Justin has astonishing vision for big-picture language-learning goals and how to achieve them through day-to-day, small-picture processes.

Justin Slocum Bailey is the ultimate educator.

JSB is my new hero. I mean, I really enjoyed watching him work and hearing him speak. He's authentic, intelligent, sincere. The real deal.

Justin’s enthusiasm and sense of humor were amazing!

I know of no one in education, over my 35 years of experience, who has done more wonderful things and has more to offer than you do.

I truly didn’t want today to end! This is the type of professional development that teachers crave.

One of the best speakers I have seen in my entire career!!

My new mantra is "Teach like JSB is watching!"

Awesome energy!

Justin's ease with students is pure magic.

Whenever I face a pedagogical decision, however big or small, I ask myself, "What would Justin do?"

Holy gifted batman! Justin's command of a classroom is amazing.

I learned a mountain of wonderful strategies!

He was so engaging and so entertaining. SUCH a great speaker and so inspirational!

I've never met a teacher more excited for or more skilled at teaching a language through whatever methods work for his students, whether they be formal and traditional or cutting-edge.

Justin was great. I like that he is animated, yet low-key. He inspired me to recommit to a focus on communication as the essential task in my classes.

Quería darte las gracias por la clase de hoy, en verdad fue muy divertido e inspirador. Estaré al pendiente de tu vuelta a México para volver a tomar otro taller. ¡Gracias!

Ausgezeichnet! Your energy and true caring shone through so beautifully.

Justin is an amazing presenter.

One of the greatest teachers I have ever encountered.

His enthusiasm and engagement model so well.

You treated everyone in the class like they mattered PERSONALLY to you. You looked them in the eyes, you remembered their names, you TOLD them they were interesting. You were laughing, they were laughing, and you let the mistakes be part of the fun. Their successes were yours - you were EXCITED by their success.

What I appreciated most was the specific activities I learned, combined with Justin’s willingness to engage with our questions and ideas.

An amazing experience.

Justin's presentation freed me up to do what I have long felt was best.

Your (Justin's) exemplary skills + empathy + humor. An inspiring model.

A totally accomplished and expert presenter! I will be studying this presentation in depth.

The kind of teacher/presenter I'd like to have a beer with.

I learned by experience that I really can do this!

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