ERIC Number: ED292223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
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Classics for the Gifted: Evaluation.
van Stekelenburg, A. V.
Classical studies have value for all students and particular benefits for gifted students at all educational levels. A gradual retrenchment of formal, philological classical studies in elementary and secondary schools and universities has taken place in the last four decades. Once traditional Latin and Greek were dropped, however, many colleges recognized disadvantages faced by students lacking such training, especially those studying the arts; these colleges reinstituted classical civilization courses to provide the necessary background. The study of Latin and Greek, as with any other language, can enhance personality development through a broader awareness of another culture. Translation is a creative activity that heightens one's sensitivity to language structure and thereby improves one's communicative abilities. Also significant is the employment of classical studies at a lower, nonliterary level. Through the Foreign Language in Elementary School program, introduced in 1966, basic Latin instruction was begun in elementary schools. Test results showed that English reading scores of students who took any foreign language were significantly higher than those who took none. Additionally, English reading scores of students with one year of Latin instruction were higher than those who were in their fourth year of Spanish or French. (VW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Conference: Education for the Gifted "Ingenium 2000" (Stellenbosch, Republic of South Africa, June 26-29, 1984).