Two Programs, One Goal:
Academic Achievement

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a morpheme?

A morpheme is the smallest unit of meaning in a language. We often call them roots, prefixes, and suffixes.

Does the program involve a lot of memorization?

No. Rather, it involves a lot of mental connections. Take the word triskadecaphobia:

  • TRI – as in tricycle and triangle (three wheels, three sides)
  • DECA – as in decade (ten years)
  • PHOBIA – a fear of

A fear of ten and three (10 + 3 = 13) or fear of the number 13. Students activate and link prior knowledge, use that knowledge to analyze word parts, and then synthesize a possible meaning. When students check their possible meanings against a dictionary (hard copy or online), they are on target 90% or more of the time. Students also use their knowledge to create new words. Can you analyze the morphemes and synthesize a meaning for the student-created microarchaegynophobiac?

Do I need to know Greek and Latin to teach these materials?

No. These programs focus on English meanings, not the teaching of a foreign language.

Will these programs teach a student Greek and Latin?

No. These programs teach the analyzing of English words by using word parts that come from Greek and from Latin.

Does it make any difference whether you do Greek or Latin first?

Not really. But the author suggests beginning with the Greek, as those 12 lessons include morphemes that students seem to recognize more easily and have more fun manipulating. Once the 12 Greek lessons are completed, students have mastered the lesson format and process, and the 18 Latin lessons seem to go more smoothly.