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Essential GCSE Latin [Paperback]

John Taylor
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28 July 2006 1853996939 978-1853996931 Bilingual
Essential GCSE Latin is neither a complete course from scratch nor a reference grammar, but a summary of all the linguistic requirements for the OCR Examination Board specification (2007 onwards), aimed mainly at pupils in their GCSE year. OCR is now the only board in that offers a GCSE in Latin language. Whatever course they have used, many remain very hazy about grammar. It is difficult to track back in a multi-volume course to the first introduction of a particular construction. Traditional grammars, on the other hand, can be forbidding, and often do not give enough help with syntax and idiom. This book breaks everything down into bite-sized chunks, with examples and practice sentences (600 in all) on each point, and generous cross-referencing. It concentrates on the understanding of principles in both accidence and syntax, in order to cut down on rote learning. Practice passages for the optional harder unseen translation passage are included.

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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury 3PL; Bilingual edition (28 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853996939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853996931
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 0.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Taylor is Head of Classics, Tonbridge School, Kent. He is the author of the widely used textbook 'Greek to GCSE' and co-author, with Stephen Anderson, of 'Greek Unseen Translation'.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars optimum auxilium 22 Feb 2011
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This book certainly doesn't substitute for any of the existing course books (such as the Cambridge or Oxford courses), nor is it meant to, but it does convey exactly what the title claims, and any student who pays diligent attention to it can count on good success. I have encouraged students to invest in this extremely helpful book and use it myself in teaching. John Taylor is a great gift to the world of classics teaching!
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106 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very effective book, highly reccommended 31 Aug 2007
This book helped me to get an A* in my Latin GCSE after having to start the subject from the very basics four to five months before my exam - it is very user-friendly, starts from scratch and covers all the main topics of the Latin course - grammar and vocabulary. The contents page is detailed and very useful and the information in the book is usually helpfully concise with no waffle, giving you what you need to know. I also found the harder translation practices at the back very helpful as I was doing that section - however, answers are not provided.

All in all, this book really is "Essential GCSE Latin" and together with "Latin Momentum Tests" by Ashley Carter, it is all the material a GCSE candidate will need for their exam.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really is essential. 20 May 2012
As a wacky wrinkly attempting to do GCSE Latin in one academic year [language in just over a term!]Just wish I'd discovered this earlier.
It is very easy to follow. Only downside is there are no answers to check when you are working independently........perhaps authors could be persuaded to produce a separate answer book.....................
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential! 25 Dec 2011
It does what a more complex grammar cannot.
Clear defined sections; brief but apt excercises after each; it is a perfect revision guide.
Subjunctive uses are especially well explained.
My favourite part is the unseen practice texts towards the end which help you see if you've understood well enough.
Obviously it's only for a GCSE level but I think this book explains far better certain aspects of fundamental Latin and, therefor, helps to consolidate that essential but basic knowledge which can be forgotten as we progress to higher levels of study.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I was just wondering if anyone had any answers for the unseen translation passages at the back of this book. It is such a shame that I can't check if what I have translated is correct.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What it says on the tin.... 7 April 2012
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This is THE essential grammar book for GCSE students. If there is a point of grammar they are struggling with, it is easy to find the right section. There are good practice sentences too. The translations at the back are hard, but are good for last minute practice as the exam approaches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery 15 Jun 2013
Very quick delivery and was exactly as stated. A big help for my son. Especially as Latin books are virtually impossible to find on the high street.
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4.0 out of 5 stars useful,worth getting 23 May 2013
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This covered all the ground and was easier to use than the school book and worth having a different style to make revising less boring
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