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Welcome to the Cambridge Latin Course
With a long history of development and revision, the Cambridge Latin Course (CLC) has established itself as the world's leading beginner's course for Latin.

Aims of the CLC

  • to teach comprehension of the Latin language for reading purposes;
  • to develop an understanding of the history and culture of Roman civilization;
  • to encourage a wide range of approaches to language learning through the use of high quality audio-visual resources.

The core resource is a series of 4 textbooks, published by Cambridge University Press (CUP). These can be ordered through your local bookshop or directly from CUP. Further print materials provide support for both teachers and learners. For schools we suggest the following structure:

  • Latin 1: Units 1 and 2
  • Latin 2: Unit 3
  • Latin 3: Unit 4
Two editions of the CLC are available in North America: the 4th edition, released 2001-2003, and the 5th edition, released 2015.

To support the CLC textbooks there is a range of software available:

1. Online resources available on this web site.
These online resources are organised Unit by Unit and Stage by Stage to fit in with the printed textbooks. You will find:

  • WebBooks (online editions of the textbooks),
  • interactive versions of the stories,
  • language manipulation activities,
  • vocabulary testers,
  • weblinks on the cultural topics,
  • dictionaries.

2. For the 4th edition, Unit 1 and 2 E-Learning Resources on DVD.
Funded by the UK Department for Education, and produced in conjunction with Granada Television and CUP, the CLC E-Learning Resources on DVD each provide 1,000 electronic activities, including specially commissioned videos, for CLC Unit 1 and 2. (For the 5th edition these materials are gradually being moved online.)

3. iPad Textbbooks.
Our 4e iPad Textbooks give access to the content of the textbook via an iPad app, purchased from the iTunes Store. They work only on iPads. Once purchased, our iPad Textbooks can be used without an internet connection.

Support for home schoolers
The Cambridge School Classics Project runs distance learning courses in Latin for individuals of any age.
If you are an individual who would like to follow a tutored distance learning course in Latin from the University of Cambridge, please visit our Independent Learners area.

Teachers' area
The Teachers' area includes an outline of the pedagogy of the CLC, information on technical requirements for use of this web site, and an image gallery of downloadable CLC line drawings.