Founded in 1911 by W.H.D. Rouse, the Association is run by and for teachers of Latin and other Classical subjects. The Association originally set out to ‘reform’ the teaching of Latin – hence the ‘R’ in ARLT (originally the Association for the Reform of Latin Teaching). Nowadays the teaching of Latin by the Direct Method has all but gone, yet we retain our name if only to remind us of our roots. You can read the history of ARLT in Latin.

History in Pictures

From 1931 the Association has kept albums of photos taken at the Summer Schools. A generous selection of these photos is on line here. Some of the leading figures in 20th century Classics teaching in the UK are pictured here.

The Association today

Today, as the Association for Latin Teaching, the ARLT exists to promote the teaching of all types of Classics courses in schools and to give practical help to teachers of these subjects. You can read the constitution here.

Summer Schools

Every year the Association runs a Summer School at a venue chosen for its attractive setting and often somewhere of classical interest. There is a varied programme from which course members may choose options to suit their needs and interests. Typically it will consist of topics related to current AL and GCSE set texts, topics in Classical Civilisation, the use of ICT in the teaching of Classics, the pronunciation of Greek and Latin – and other topics specifically requested by members at any given time. There is a very active social life alongside the more serious work, and no Summer School ends without its members feeling that they have both worked hard and enjoyed themselves to the full.

Refresher Course

On a Saturday in March each year the Association, in conjunction with the Classical Association, runs a one-day Refresher Course with a similar programme of events, though on a smaller scale. These courses are held in alternate years in London and at venues in the north and midlands.

At both meetings there is a display of books and aural & visual aids, including items from the loan collections of artefacts and coins from the Association’s Teaching Resource Service.

The Future

Although the ARLT has achieved a great measure of success in its aims, there still remains much to be done to encourage and improve the teaching of Classics.

Such an association can never relax on the assumption that its work is done. Now more than ever, those who are convinced of the value of our Classical heritage must do all in their power to keep it alive in our schools, and the ARLT, as an organisation focusing on the teaching of Classics in schools, is firmly committed to this end.

The Journal of Classics Teaching

JCT is now published online. Back issues of JCT can be downloaded from the Journals page below.

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