LEARNING LA TIN ACCIDENCE AND VOCABULARY WITH THE AID OF LINGUISTICS AND PIDLOLOGY

B.E. Lewis

Abstract


1. DESPERATE REMEDIES
With the virtual extinction of Latin as a school subject an unfortunate reality, teachers need to
try to devise new methods of making the subject interesting, and, if possible, to reduce the
large amount of rote learning it demands. A valid reason for Latin's bad press is its notorious
number of irregular forms. If a teacher can, by the Socratic method, ~uide pupils into
explaining why apparent anomalies are in fact "regular irregularities", I then the more curious
pupils will regard Latin as an intellectual challenge. The material suggested here correlates
with the aims stated in the draft core syllabus laid down by the Department of Education and
Culture for Latin Higher grade, Standard 6 and beyond.2

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/37-3-4-829

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