Received from Elliott Goodman at Teachers College at Columbia, the following email conveys the process and importance of an ongoing survey that will conclude in December 2013.
“Latin teachers and students:
I am writing to request your participation in the National Latin Survey conducted by Teachers College, Columbia University. The purpose of this 10-20 minute survey is to hear from middle and high school students and teachers all across the United States and find out the many different reasons why people study and teach Latin. Your opinion is important because what you say may help authors write new Latin textbooks and provide Latin teachers with valuable information. To access the survey, please click one of the links below:
(Please copy and paste the links in your browser if they are not clickable.)
The last national survey of Latin students and teachers was conducted in the 1920s by the American Classical League. The long-term goals of the project are to produce at least two reports describing the findings; one report will be written for an audience of Latin teachers and the other report will be a full needs analysis study including all the statistical formulae for the applied linguistics community. These reports will be submitted to peer-reviewed journals and be made available to the public for free on the project website. Your participation in the survey is voluntary and your responses will be confidential. Students 12 and younger need parental consent to participate. If you are a teacher and would like your students to participate, please e-mail NationalLatinSurvey2013@gmail.com to request student surveys.
If you encounter any problems while taking the survey, please contact the principal investigator, Elliott Goodman at NationalLatinSurvey2013@gmail.com
Latin Teacher and Principal Investigator