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This is, without exaggeration, the best Latin textbook on the market. Firstly, how I came across it and used it. What had gone wrong?? I ordered a copy post-haste. I recall reading the first chapter and being a little in awe both at how much I understood, and how well it is paced.
From page 1 it is possible to go all Latin, all the way. Plenty of repetition of vocabulary and structure helps too. Exercises end each chapter, of three types: fill in the ending, fill in the word, and respond to latine questions, with answers latine. It introduces too much vocab, too quickly, and this is a slight problem.
He envisaged it as a direct method text for reading. Nonetheless, it remains unsurpassed. I re found your blog a few months ago, and have enjoyed reading your thoughts regarding ancient language fluency. This is an area I have a strong personal interest in.
Fran — I do remember you. The other day I was actually wondering what had become of you, well, what you were doing. My wife did that Masters, very interesting. Children mostly! Do you have a post that gives more detail on what your ideal ancient language class would look like?
You say that you use a mix of methods, but I would be interested to see how that plays out in practice. The big problem is that most teachers of Greek at bible colleges in my limited observation have only one year of Greek language study apart from exegesis, which is really taught from the English text back to the Greek and then to English. The reality is that these courses will continue to be taught by these teachers, so I am interested in looking at tools for aiding these teachers in improving the situation in an achievable way.
I realise my last comment sounds quite negative. Simply that things have been done a certain way, and I would like to look at how the situation can be aided without making teachers feel as though everything needs to be thrown out and rebuilt from scratch. In some ways rebuilding curricula etc from scratch would bear a lot of fruit, but the reality is that working within the current system is going to benefit more people in the short term.
Like this: Like Loading Apologies, your comment got caught up in my spam filter for some reason. Yes, children. Sounds good! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.
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This is, without exaggeration, the best Latin textbook on the market. Firstly, how I came across it and used it. What had gone wrong?? I ordered a copy post-haste. I recall reading the first chapter and being a little in awe both at how much I understood, and how well it is paced. From page 1 it is possible to go all Latin, all the way.