Celtica wrote:I wouldn't have a clue, as I haven't seen a copy of Wheelock's.
While by no means an expert Latinist, I maintain an avid interest in pedagogy and have seen very many beginning Latin and Greek textbooks over the years, owning a few of each. My vote against Wheelock is based on having his 3rd edition, although I have been told that the current one (6th) is much improved. His goal is to teach the abundantly distracted, late 20th century college student to read Latin, so he treats Latin as a dead language.
Andrus wrote:I like very much Dâ€™Ooge book but probably there are new books better.
Don't count on it. I've heard good things about the Assimil course and mixed reviews of Lingua Latina
on these fora, but as I have seen neither yet. do not have an informed opinion.
D'Ooge is typical of the late 19th century classical language textbook. The goal here is a thorough mastery of the language through grammatical drill, reading, and writing, throwing in some speaking and aural comprehension for interest and variety. The pedagogical method is old fashioned, but I think it still produces good results if one's attention span hasn't been obliterated by video games.
In contrast, mid 20th century textbooks teach less Latin.
If I were to improve on D'Ooge, I would distinguish consonantal from vocalic "i" (i.e., use "j") and add plenty of audio recordings to give practice in pronunication. Active use is the most important element which the solitary student misses from the classroom experience. The act of moving your vocal apparatus to recite paradigms and exercises makes learning physical as well as mental and visual.
What make me choose Dâ€™Ooge was:
1- It is free
2- After I started with it I liked so why change it?
3- There is a forum in Textkit dedicated to the book (although lately it has been with little movement)
Can't argue with 1, especially with the price of classics books these days; 2 is vital to learning, as the first five lessons in ten textbooks will not get you to lesson fifty; 3 has always been low traffic, but questions and problems are almost always addressed.