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By Susan C. Shelmerdine / Focus Publishing / 2013
Introduction to Latin is a complete introductory Latin text specifically designed as a core text for a full year of college course work. The text is designed as a streamlined and uncluttered approach to Latin and grammar, providing a complete course without hindering the first year student’s mastery of the material. It covers all aspects of Latin grammar in a familiar pedagogical flow, with English grammar explained as needed, providing students with an in-text reference point for new Latin material. Latin readings occur throughout the text, early and often, in the form of sentences and short passages. They are unconnected, providing the instructor the option of covering them as time and need allows. This text also includes a variety of exercises that provide different approaches to mastery of the language, especially in the early chapters.
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Shelmerdine has greatly improved an already excellent book . . . I have always liked the way she explains concepts, such as sentence patterns, subordinate clauses, correlating conjunctions, etc., that other books take for granted . . . [T]he book discusses the structure of the Latin sentence as a whole before breaking it down into its individual parts, allowing the students (and the teachers!) to really understand how the Romans put words together.
—Thomas Kohn, associate professor of classics, Wayne State University
A concise, no-nonsense approach that isn’t ‘over-scripted.’ Shelmerdine allows the instructor scope for real teaching and meaningful interaction with students.
—Peter O’Brien, assistant professor of Latin literature, Dalhousie University
Susan Shelmerdine is professor in the department of classical studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is also the author of Homeric Hymns.