Please visit the main website of LATINUM at http://latinum.org.uk John Amos Comenius' 'Vestibulum to the Latin Language'.
This text is a pleasant introduction to the Latin language, and would also benefit more experienced students, who may have a very limited range of vocabulary. The Vestibulum gives an essential foundation in the core root words of Latin, enough to begin to start to speak about some things, and to read a variety of very simple texts. The Romans themselves used simple dialogues and fables to teach their children, or foreigners ( we have textbooks from the second century for teaching Latin to Greeks) - so throwing out this model, an eminently sensible one of slowly increasing complexity of the texts, aiming at fluency in 5 to 6 years - has lead to an entire generation being unable to read Latin without translating it into the vernacular in their heads, and poorly equipped to express themselves in the language. Comenius' Vestibulum imitates these ancient Roman educational texts, as do his grammar texts, which are written in a pleasant , clear and light-hearted Latin style. The Vestibulum contains a vocabulary of 1000 root words.
Please visit the main website of LATINUM at http://latinum.org.uk John Taylor's Caesar for Beginners. (Book I, The Helvetic War)
The publishers to the new University College, London, in the mid 1800's embarked on a new series of Latin texts, following the plan outlined by the philosopher John Locke. This particular edition of Caesar is unique, and no other Latin text has been issued since this date, using the serial and oral method. This method teaches grammar intuitively, through the deconstructed text of Caesar, which is built up line by line, each new line only introducing one new lexical item, or one new grammatical point, which is highlighted in the Latin and in the translation with italic font. This is a most valuable text for the beginning student of the Roman Classics.