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ERIC Number: ED016443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Oct
Pages: 4
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Reference Count: 0
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LATIN IS DEAD, LONG LIVE LATIN.
REINERT, HARRY
THERE MUST BE A CHANGE OF EMPHASIS IN THE REASONS OFFERED FOR STUDYING LATIN. INSTEAD OF STRESSING IMPROVED ENGLISH GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY AND PREPARATION FOR CERTAIN PROFESSIONS AS THE BENEFITS OF LATIN STUDY, WE SHOULD CAPITALIZE ON THE UNIQUE QUALITY OF LATIN, THAT IT IS A DEAD LANGUAGE, AND MOVE STUDENTS AS RAPIDLY AS POSSIBLE INTO THE STUDY OF ROMAN LITERATURE. STUDYING LATIN IS A VALUABLE WAY OF LEARNING ABOUT THE PAST, A NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE EVEN IN THE MOST MODERN FIELDS, AND OF GAINING AN INSIGHT INTO OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE. PERHAPS THE GREATEST FACTOR IN DECLINING LATIN ENROLLMENTS IS THAT TEACHERS AND TEXTBOOKS HAVE TRIED TO MAKE LATIN A LIVING LANGUAGE, A SPOKEN LANGUAGE, AND HAVE ATTEMPTED, UNWISELY, TO IMPOSE AUDIOLINGUAL METHODS. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "THE DFL BULLETIN," VOLUME 7, NUMBER 1, OCTOBER 1967, PAGES 9-11. (AS)
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Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.
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