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Charles Hoole

(1610—1667) schoolmaster and author


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(1610–1667), educational writer and editor of elementary Latin texts, including a revision of Lily's Grammar used until the mid-18th century. During the Civil War, Hoole lost his Lincolnshire parish because of Royalist sympathies and left for London around 1646, where he resumed his previous career as a schoolmaster. As head of two grammar schools, Hoole attempted to reform teaching in England with his translation of Comenius's Orbis Pictus (1659), with his New Discovery of the Old Arte of Teaching (1660), and with his bilingual editions of Aesop, Terence, Cato's Distichs, Mathurin Cordier's Colloquies, and John Brinsley's version of Pueriles confabulatiunculoe anglolatinae. Hoole's preference for teaching boys Latin with colloquial dialogues like Cordier's drew sharp criticism from the Quaker George Fox. An advocate of Comenius's method of introducing words and concepts with pictures, Hoole also argued that students acquired greater fluency more rapidly when Latin was taught through a combination of speaking, writing, and translating. His bilingual Aesop was the basis for John Locke's 1703 interlinear illustrated edition.

From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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