The Association for Latin Teaching

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ARLT Newsletter 33; July 2006

Dear Classical friend,

Whew! What a scorcher! If you are lucky enough to be on holiday, I hope you are in a place where you can really appreciate the heatwave. If you are still teaching, you have my sympathy.


The ARLT Summer School


Our wonderful Summer School Secretary, Pauline Cox-Smith, tells me that things are going well for next week's Durham Summer School.

If you are going to be there, and are interested in taking part in the musical 'Xantippe', you will find the music, the lyrics and the book on the ARLT website Summer School pages: /home/arltcouk/public_html/summer_school/musical.php. You can hear the music in midi format. This means that it will be a bit tinkly and mechanical, because it is reading from the score, but it's better than nothing, I hope.

If you would like to see the music score and print it out, you will have to use a music-printing program and ask it to read the midi. I use Noteworthy Composer. They offer a free version that just reads, or a free 30-day trial of the full program here:

But don't worry; I'll print out copies and bring them to Durham.

By the way, I'm hoping to be able to celebrate Holy Communion on the Thursday morning before breakfast.


The Latin stall at the Language Show


May I repeat some of what I wrote in the last Newsletter, and go on to tell you the latest.

I wrote:

"Some of you may know already that there is a plan to mount a Latin display at the Language Show at Olympia (the London one!) which is being held November 3-5 2006. The ARLT committee had discussed the idea, and it began to sprout wings when the Oxford Classics Outreach project got in touch, and they and we started to think practical details."

This Saturday a group representing ARLT, JACT, Friends of Classics, Oxford Outreach, Cambridge Schools Liaison, The Open University, and Madingley Hall is meeting in the Senate House in London University to hammer out exactly what our aims and objectives are going to be, and how we can achieve them.

We are going to have the benefit of Adrian Spooner's expertise. You remember his language awareness book Lingo? He has been in the commercial world since then, and has lots of experience of exhibitions. Incidentally, he is returning to teaching next term, I hear.

I am very keen that we present a united front, and put the expansion of Latin learning and teaching before any advertising for our particular organisations - though that will come into it, too. After all we shall need to offer teachers practical suggestions for bringing Latin into their schools, and that will include advertising the courses that are on offer.

If we get our message across effectively, the advantage for ARLT is likely to be long-term rather than immediate. If Latin survives, and even grows, we benefit. If it dies, that's the end for ARLT and all the rest.

Of course one stall at one exhibition isn't going to turn the tide. Peter Jones is doing a superb job with FoC and as a rent-a-quote man for the Classics (he's going to be there on Saturday), and many others are working hard to keep the flag flying. Perhaps our co-operation on the exhibition will lead to further effective action in other ways.

Wish us well on Saturday!


Elizabeth Teague


Those who know Liz from Summer Schools or elsewhere will be sad to hear that she has been in hospital since May. I heard this only last Sunday, and as she lives not far from me I dropped in to see her this afternoon. She was sitting up and quite bright, and was talking about the Summer School, and the New Testament Greek option group that she has led in the past. She remembers the last time we performed Xantippe, which must be at least 20 years ago!


Nothing much has happened ....


In pre-blog days I used to have to save up items until the next Newsletter. Now anything that I consider important or of interest to British Classics teachers goes straight onto the blog.

So it feels when I come to send a Newsletter that there's not much new. As my brother wrote home after a performance of a Haydn oratorio, "Nothing much has happened except The Creation"!

So, one bonne bouche from Brian Bishop. He urged Boris Johnson to write a greeting to the Academia Latinitati Fovendae which has a conference this summer, and here is the result:

Academia Latinitati Fovendae

Delegatus in Parlamento Regni Uniti, de linguae Latinae maximo momento et utilitate pro temporibus, non solum praeteritis, sed etiam praesentibus et futuris patriae meae conscius, Conventum Undecimum Academiae Latinitati Fovendae saluto. Ut laboribus vestris illius linguae experientia aestimatioque in Europa et orbe terrarum augeant exopto.

Boris Johnson MP


Our own ARLT salutation reads as follows:

Alisona, Arelatium Praesidens, omnibus Academiae Latinitati Fovendae Conventus participibus S.P.D.

maximo cum gaudio nos, qui commilitones sumus in eo bello quod pro lingua Latina ubique geritur, de Conventu vestro audivimus. nos enim ipsi, qui cognomen 'Arelates' accipimus propterea quod Societas nostra ab initio barbarice 'Association for the Reform of Latin Teaching' (ARLT), id est, Societas pro Latinae docendae reformatione, nominata est, Latinam linguam credimus esse linguam vivam.

dum vos in Hispania convenietis, in Britannia nos Scholam Aestivam celebrabimus. nam magistrae magistrique circa L quotannis convenire solent ut orationes audiamus, circulos adsimus, situs Romanos e.g. murum Hadriani visitemus, cantica Latina canamus, sodalitate fruamur.

itaque nos, quos Catullus vester horribiles ultimosque Britannos nominavit, vos quorum patres cives eiusdem imperii Romani fueristis fraterno salutamus amore, nec non omnia vobis felicia faustaque oramus.



You have just time


If you didn't spot it on the blog, you may like to know that the latest 'In Our Time' Radio 4 programme is about Greek Comedy, and you still just have time to download it for later classroom use. It was broadcast last Thursday, and is on line for 7 days from then. So, if interested, do it now!

Other blog items you may have missed:

The recent Daily Mail half page on Latin: I have put a large photo on the blog, quite readable and designed for the classroom notice board.

The recent Daily Telegraph article on Latin is here:

Caecilius-related merchandise, anyone? Read on:


Don't worry, be happy!


I hope neither you nor your pupils is losing sleep or hair waiting for the results of GCSE, As or A2. But when they come, may they bring joy all round.

If you are coming to Durham next week, see you soon.

Best wishes,