Remarks on the Study of Languages, Preparatory to Admission Into College: Addressed to Instructers of Youth

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J. Griffin, 1826 - Language and languages - 13 pages
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Page 10 - Little children, for example, whose minds are unembarrassed and free from any violence, by constantly hearing others speak, soon attempt to express their own ideas in a similar way. In like manner, adults, who learn languages from books with a similar freedom of mind, should daily read, repeat what they read, and peruse and reperuse it, and assiduously persevere in this exercise of repeating, until what is read be deeply engraven upon the memory.
Page 12 - ... manners, to relate in his words the story or to state the argument which he has been translating. By such a method of instruction he will insensibly acquire the habits of the interpreter, and of not being satisfied until he has obtained a full understanding of the authors that he reads. The instructer will of course supply what his pupils cannot find out by their own exertions, and, by remarks in the way of illustration or of apposite anecdote, contribute to their pleasure and animate them in...
Page 11 - For this purpose they should have access to ancient maps, to classical dictionaries and other works which will illustrate the antiquities of Greece and Rome, such as Potter on the former and Adam on the latter.
Page 10 - Grammar is merely the medium of learning languages with more facility ; but the medium is not to be so commuted for the ultimate end, that more pains should be bestowed on the former than on the latter.
Page 9 - There is a most important difference between the usual mode of learning rules before the want of them has been felt and that which is here recommended. "By the latter he is taught, that a rule of grammar is only a law of the language, and when he has in this manner become acquainted with several rules, his curiosity will be awakened to discover others and will incite him to increased exertion.
Page 12 - ... translating. This will prepare them for a similar mode of instruction in college. They will also in this way insensibly acquire the inestimable habit of interpreting, and of not being satisfied until they have obtained a full understanding of the authors which they read. Such a method will also shew the instructor, whether his pupils comprehend the subject on which they are engaged.
Page 11 - The mere labour of writing, as it will oblige him to dwell upon each form, will have a tendency to imprint it on his memory. At an early period he should write exercises...
Page 11 - This practice has been much neglected at our preparatory schools, which is not a little surprising, as it is peculiarly calculated to facilitate the progress of the . student.
Page 11 - ... not only give them a more thorough understanding of what they read, but will greatly increase their command of their own language. It cannot be too often impressed upon the mind of every instructer, that in order to awaken...

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