TITLE

Why Latin First?

AUTHOR(S)
Juan, H. San
PUB. DATE
January 1962
SOURCE
Education Digest;Jan1962, Vol. 27 Issue 5, p40
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the importance or necessity of Latin in the secondary school. The present general practice in the majority of schools, especially in the Catholic schools, is to offer two years of Latin preceding the study of modem foreign languages. There have been three reasons for precedence of Latin: tradition in the field of education; origin of the languages; their chronological order in the history of civilization. If the study of a second language is to be based on constant use, through intense and continuous repetition of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, are two courses of nine months, five hours a week, sufficient to attain true achievement. Today's student, the citizen of the future, will not remain isolated in his native land, since the inter-relations among the citizens of the world are more necessary each day, and the modern foreign language is the tool for world understanding. A student studying a modem foreign language for two years before studying Latin will acquire and develop linguistic skills that he will transfer to the study of Latin.
ACCESSION #
18683242

 

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