Latin and Greek are not only ancient languages: they have a very long history, from ancient times to the present. Latin, in particular, is Cicero’s and Virgil’s language, of course; but it is also the language of saint Augustine and saint Thomas Aquinas, Petrarch and Erasmus, Descartes and Linnaeus, and is still in use nowadays, for example, in canon law and classical scholarship.
The classical languages allow us to travel in space and time, and to acquire a critical awareness of our own time, and at the same time of the two distinctive features of human nature: ratio and oratio, or, to use a single Greek word that includes the meanings of both, lógos.
The inductive-contextual method (or nature method) is based on the text and the context, from which students draw forms and constructions, and the meaning of words and phrases. Morphology and syntax are first inductively assimilated, by the identification of recurrent structures and the necessary reflection, and then organized in a systematic manner. The aim of this method is to allow the student to read fluently and understand correctly Latin (and Greek) classics: active use of the language – writing and speaking in Latin – is strongly recommended, because it is a very important and effective means to achieve that goal.
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