ERIC Number: ED135240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Latin Pilot Study. Final Report.
Payne, Jean W.
A Latin Pilot Study was initiated by the Alexandria City Schools in the school year 1972-73 and continued in 1973-74 in an attempt to increase the English reading skills of elementary students. It was proposed that Latin instruction with strong emphasis on relating English words to their Latin roots and affixes would strengthen reading skills, in terms of speed, accuracy, word recognition, and comprehension. The pilot study was directed at fifth and sixth graders, and instruction was via audiolingual techniques with audiolingual-visual materials. Students were pre- and post-tested with the Science Research Associates Assessment Survey reading subtests, and with the vocabulary, comprehension, speed, and accuracy subtests of the Gates-MacGintie Reading Tests and the Slosson Oral Reading Test. Statistical results do not justify the institution of a Latin curriculum in elementary schools for the express purpose of increasing English reading skills, although classroom teachers, principals, counsultants and administrators found the pilot program effective. Curricular materials used in the pilot project, sample conversations, games, survey questionnaires, and a list of resource materials follow the report. Curricular materials are divided into units, each including class activities, work sheets, games, puzzles, copies of transparencies, illustrations, and tests. (CLK)
Descriptors: Classical Languages, Elementary Education, English, Etymology, FLES, Games, Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Language Tests, Latin, Morphology (Languages), Puzzles, Reading Achievement, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Reading Rate, Reading Skills, Resource Materials, Second Language Programs, Vocabulary, Word Recognition
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alexandria City Schools, VA.