The Times / Le latin et le grec ancien améliorent la compréhension

Children are making years of progress in just a few weeks by learning to break down words using Latin and Greek.

A programme that borrows from the classics is giving pupils who have fallen behind their classmates a huge boost in deciphering English and even helping with maths and science.

Some children have advanced by six years in as many weeks, by using the technique to decode words and broaden their vocabulary, research has found.

Pupils learn dozens of prefix, stem and suffix meanings, most originating from Greek or Latin, so they can work out what words mean, or can have an educated guess.

Research at Northumbria University found that children made, on average, 27 months of progress, but one school reported a small group improving their reading age by six years. Exam results have risen, not only in English but also other subjects…

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