Re: Surgo Ambulo Revenio Sedeo


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Posted by mark brennan on April 17, 2022 at 11:01:29:

In Reply to: Surgo Ambulo Revenio Sedeo posted by Peter Fay on January 30, 2020 at 09:36:20:


: How many other teachers can boast that their first lesson to a 1st year class is remembered 50 years later ... ?

And all these years I thought PVF had invented it...

'The Direct Method is based on the direct connexion of the Latin word with the object, action, or idea, without the intervention of the English word. This is obviously not difficult in the early stages of learning the conjugations and declensions, for objects can be shown and actions done to which the Latin word can be applied, fitted with the appropriate ending. 'Surgo, ambulo, revenio, sedeo', says and acts the teacher, using the four verbs that are the basis of the 'Perse Series'. 'Surgo, ambulo, revenio, sedeo', says and acts the pupil. 'Surgis', says the teacher pointing to the pupil, and 'surgit' pointing sideways with his thumb to one rising in the corner of the room, and so on with the plural. The completed tense is written down, revised for homework and used for reference. Other verbs are added and practised orally, e.g. monstro, doceo, ludo, curro, audio, dormio, bibo. They are entered in note-books under the appropriate column or conjugation and revised at home." 1937





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