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Note. In presenting this Manual the author wishes it clearly understood that it has been prepared primarily for inexperienced teachers of first-year Latin and that even for them its contents are to be taken as suggestive merely. Ultimately every strong teacher must develop his own method, and the stronger he is the less he will feel bound to follow the methods recommended by others.


1. As a rule pupils beginning Latin are not well prepared in English grammar. To meet this defect it has been customary to devote some pages to a review of English grammar before the Latin grammar is begun. It has seemed a wiser plan to combine the review of the former with progress in the latter. Accordingly, in this beginners' book explanations of grammatical terms and concepts are introduced at the points where the study of the Latin makes a knowledge of them necessary. Similarly the Latin syntax is compared with the corresponding English syntax. Pupils may, therefore, begin the Latin lessons at once with no preceding review of English grammar.


2. The first assignment of work will naturally be the Introduction. Call the pupils' attention to the Review Questions on p. 4, and use them in the recitation. Besides locating Latium and Rome on the map, pronounce the names and have the pupils locate the other districts of Italy and the surrounding seas. Also the Alps, Illyricum, Sicily, and Africa should be pointed out.