Thursday, August 28, 2008
Some Thoughts on Foreign Language Study
Under the subchapter heading, "Beginning the Formal Study of Greek and Latin:"
All foreign languages need to be studied on regular basis--at least four times a week, but every day is better. Don't take the summer off unless you must. If you stop for any length of time, then it is normal to fell lost and need some extensive review. Such is the nature of language study; if you don't use it, you tend to lose it. Steady study--evenly paced advancement--is what we want. Language study develops the mind, much like math. We won't all produce Ph.D. Latin scholars, but we will produce students who learn to think in other categories, and who are better prepared to study even in English.
~~Teaching the Trivium, Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, p. 365