The Grammar-Translation Method And the Communicative Approach: Combining Second Language Acquisition Approaches to Teach Lucan and Statius in High School
AuthorNielson, Meaghan Justine
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis thesis examines the history of second language pedagogical approaches in order to apply techniques and activities of the Communicative Approach to the method commonly used in Latin classrooms – the Grammar-Translation Approach. Evidence has shown that Comprehensible Input and Output are vital to the communicative competence of students learning second languages, but is lacking in classrooms which employ a strict Grammar-Translation Approach. This thesis combines both of these second language learning systems to create a multi-modal curriculum for use in a high school classroom. In particular, this study culminates in a set of lesson plans to be used with specific passages from Lucan’s Bellum Civile and Statius’ Thebaid that have a clear Vergilian precedent and would therefore be useful and interesting to students who have studied Vergil’s Aeneid in preparation for the Advanced Placement Examination.
Degree ProgramGraduate College