ERIC Number: ED336994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
The Study of Latin in American Schools: Success and Crisis.
LaFleur, Richard A.
Fluctuations in interest and enrollment in the study of Latin in the United States have led many to believe that the language was in permanent decline. However, in the last decade the public has become more aware of the need for language instruction, and high school Latin enrollments have risen dramatically since 1976. There is a shortage of teachers. In general, growth in college Latin enrollments has not paralleled that in high schools, and teachers are not being trained to meet the demand. Some schools must choose between no Latin program and a mediocre program taught by an unqualified teacher. However, a new National Endowment for the Humanities program is devoted to training high school Latin teachers. Response has been encouraging. Greater attention must be given by college and university classicists to teacher preparation as part of their professional responsibility. A table of high school and college Latin and college Greek enrollments and related professional association memberships is appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: "Perspectives on Proficiency: Curriculum & Instruction. Dimension: Language '84-'85." (see FL 019 565). p73-82.