The First Latin Course: An Introductory Latin Grammar for Middle School, High School, and College (Latin Edition)

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Dr. Zaslavsky's The First Latin Course is informed by a double recognition: First, the recognition that the characteristics of a language must be presented in a holistic, rather than in a fragmented, way. Such an approach allows students to gain a comprehensive conceptual grasp of the characteristics of the language to be learned. Second, the recognition that there has been a neglect-even an outright abjuration-of the teaching of English grammar that has prevailed in our schools for at least a third of a century, which means that our students come to us grammar poor. This textbook aims to enrich students grammatically by providing a comprehensive explanation of both English and Latin grammar. This makes it as useful to English teachers as a reference source as it is to Latin teachers. The following are the features that distinguish this Latin textbook from the others that are currently available: (1) It provides a clear explanation of the kind of language that Latin is (as opposed to English). (2) It provides a clear and workable guide to translating from Latin into English. (3) It provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for the construction of all Latin forms. (4) It provides straightforward explanations (without superfluous refinements) of Latin grammar and syntax. (5) It provides a full explanation of the English grammar that students need. (6) It provides and employs rational and consistent principles of translation. (7) It provides copious paradigms and a plethora of useful supplementary materials. (8) It is, out of a commitment to linguistic precision, rigorously non-sexist in its language use.

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ROBERT ZASLAVSKY received a BA from Temple University, and an MA and Ph.D. from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. He has taught Latin, Literature, Religion, Psychology, Philosophy, History, Film, and Art History on the university level and in middle and high schools. He is the author of Platonic Myth and Platonic Writing. In addition, he has published scholarly essays on Plato, Aristotle, classical philology, detective fiction, Shakespeare, and Homer. Most recently, he has been a guest columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Weekly, and The Sunday Paper (Atlanta, GA), writing on politics, technology, and education. His next two books will be a study of American education and a commentary on Shakespeare's Hamlet. His web site is www.doczonline.com

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