Learning Latin by Electronic Media

Edging into the Future


  • Bob Lister
  • Tony Smith




Latin, Online Learning, Vocabulary Testing, Gap-Filling Exercise, Electronic Dictionary, Morphological Analysis


Changes in the English educational system have brought classical subjects to the edge of extinction in state schools. The Cambridge School Classics Project (CSCP) has therefore begun to explore the practicalities of providing Latin teaching over the Internet. This paper examines the decline in Latin provision in English state schools before discussing practical, technical, and pedagogical issues arising from a small-scale, one-year project in which two state schools ran Latin classes without Latin specialists but with the support of by Web-based electronic resources and e-mail tutors. Consideration is then given to different electronic resources currently under development to enhance the study of Latin.


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How to Cite

Lister, B., & Smith, T. (2013). Learning Latin by Electronic Media: Edging into the Future. CALICO Journal, 18(2), 235–248. https://doi.org/10.1558/cj.v18i2.235-248