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Please examine the evidence for yourself at http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/to-remember-a-lecture-better-take-notes-by-hand/361478/.  However, the upshot is that, while I'm a big advocate for technology in many things, for some reason, handwriting seems to be a better retention tool than typed notes for most students.  (Though I myself had great success in... read more

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One thing for students and parents to think about, when planning how much foreign language to include on a high school transcript, is that the AP test in Latin is not the only possible standardized test which can be a capstone experience and show linguistic achievement to colleges in a commonly-agreed-upon way.  I would advise students to also strongly consider taking the SAT II in Latin,... read more

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I don't know your age, but if you continue to be interested in issues such as this, consider taking some Latin (in college, possibly?)  Since Latin does not replicate English's maddening habit of using the same forms for gerund and participle, this all starts to make more sense through the...

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In addition, one useful thing to know is that this is cultural.  Specifically American formal English avoids the passive voice in most circumstances.  British formal English still uses it frequently, and Canadian usage can be in the middle.  I saw an excellent blog article on this...

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One topic which can be transformational for students preparing for standardized testing, especially logical-mathematical students who are underperforming on the writing SAT, is formally learning English grammar.  A large proportion of writing MC questions in particular focus on the sequence of tenses, and tense sequence errors or unintentional tense shifts can greatly harm submitted writing... read more

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This is EXTREMELY out of fashion, but from experience the author is absolutely right.  I've come to conclude that if students never write in Latin, then a lot of the claims about Latin's value get lost.  What the author calls "busking" (that literally means singing music on the street or in the Tube, for non-Brits) I call the "magnetic poetry approach" to Latin; find... read more

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One specific situation that very regularly happens in Latin, which can affect students transitioning between schools, gifted students who are bored, upperclassmen who are only just starting Latin and are bored, etc., arises out of what is a fundamental misuse of one of the most commonly used textbooks, the Cambridge Latin Course. The CLC was written for the needs of British students, who... read more

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One thing that can be very helpful for Latin students is that there are a few competing methods of Latin instruction in the country.  They're very different in their underlying philosophy and types of typical classroom activities.  Sometimes a student finds him/herself with a method of instruction that works well for most of the class, but isn't ideal for the student; sometimes a student... read more

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Many Latin classes don't have a great deal of time to teach pronunciation. However, Latin pronunciation is not particularly difficult to master--all the letters only make 1 sound, there are no silent letters, and there are totally consistent rules to choose which syllable is stressed--and it can add immeasurably to the efficiency of Latin study. Many topics, such as learning principal parts of... read more

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Teachers aren't always totally candid with students about what a very hard language Latin can be. So I'm starting this series of things that you wouldn't expect to be so hard in Latin, and are often quite weird in relation to world languages in general. Truth is power, and being empowered means learning. So Number One: Latin is one of the only known languages where it's really very easy to... read more

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Songs and mnemonics are extremely popular in Latin classes. However, sometimes in teaching or tutoring I encounter situations where I wonder if they are getting over-used. Getting students to memorize ANYTHING by rote is hard, of course. What I occasionally see, though, is students who have trouble understanding how all the moving parts in a Latin noun or verb relate to each other and how they... read more