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On the Sources of the English Vocabulary


by Wren J. Grinstead - 1924

Two of the most important advances in the educational progress of recent years in the teaching in our schools have been in the direction of the elimination of waste and the suiting of content more closely to the immediate needs of pupils. This, if not otherwise sound, would of necessity have taken place because of the increasing congestion of the curriculum and the diversion of much time formerly devoted to study to extra-curriculum activities. In view of the important place occupied by Latin in the high school, classical teachers have been pioneers in these movements. Some twenty years ago exhaustive studies were made of the vocabulary of the Latin authors read in schools to the end that only those words might be stressed in the successive years of teaching which were going to be of most value to the pupils in their subsequent study. A few years later similar studies were made in syntax. As a result the treatment of these two subjects, vocabulary and syntax, in the Latin text-books has been practically revolutionized.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 26 Number 1, 1924, p. 32-47
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5984, Date Accessed: 9/21/2020 3:45:26 AM

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