Welcome to the website of the

National Committee for Latin and Greek.


The NCLG is a non-Profit organization sponsored and funded by numerous state and national associations.  It serves as a forum to identify nationwide needs and as a force for planning and implementing  new strategies and programs. Its Classics Alert Network  responds to both crises and opportunities in the Classics community.  The NCLG also maintains  a dialogue with its European counterparts.

THE NCLG  lobbies annually in Washington, DC, for legislation on language education and current initiatives as a part of JNCL and NCLIS.  A large part of the money donated to the NCLG goes toward JNCL-NCLIS dues.  These contributions thus keep the voice of the Classics in the national dialogue concerning language and education in a vital way.  Thank you for your support!

You can donate to the NCLG using this form.


Special Announcements


* The Joint Committee on the Classics in American Education invites nominations for the 2017 SCS Awards for Excellence in Teaching at the Precollegiate Level. The nomination deadline has been extended until Monday October 2nd.

Up to two winners will receive a certificate of award and a cash prize of $500.  In addition, each winner’s institution will receive $200 to purchase educational resources selected by the winner. The winners will be honored at both the SCS Annual Meeting in Boston in January 2018 and the ACL Institute in June 2018, and they may select the meeting at which they wish to receive the award.

Teachers, full- or part-time, of grades K-12 in schools in the United States and Canada who at the time of the application teach at least one class of Latin, Greek, or classics at the K-12 level are eligible. Membership in the SCS is not required

Nomination guidelines can be found on this page.

* The Middle School Committee now has its very own website.  You can visit it by clicking here for wonderful information on why Latin is important for students at all levels.


* With many thanks to ACTFL for permission, here is Dr. Zarrow's interview in The Language Educator, published in the Spring of 2016.  Congratulations to Dr. Zarrow for being named ACTFL Teacher of the Year!


* NCLG, as a part of its Tirones Project, is hosting free webinars.  Please see this flyer for the general announcement.  Contact Mary Pendergraft for more information.

* At their June 26, 2014, meeting the National Committee for Latin and Greek honored University of South Dakota Distinguished Professor Emeritus Judith L. Sebesta for her service to the organization and to the promotion of the study of the ancient Greco-Roman world. She had served as NCLG Secretary for over seventeen years. When she retired from the University in 2013, after teaching for 41 years, she became the third person in the University’s history to receive the title “Distinguished Professor Emeritus.” In 2012 she had received the Monsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award. 

* The Promote Latin video from the National Education Report is here on YouTube
(to download the video click here for wmv and here for mp4).

* Interested in promoting the NCLG at your local or state Classics meetings?  Download and print this brochure.



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The documents found on this website are all available as pdfs.  If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here to download it for free.

JNCL-NCLIS, The Joint National Committee for Languages/The National Council for Languages and International Studies, our national lobbying organization:  You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.


The common purpose of the Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS) is the promotion and implementation of public policy in support of languages and international studies; the improvement and enhancement of international studies and the studying, learning, teaching of languages, linguistics, cultures, and their practical application; and the advancement of that purpose, by joint action among the members and through appropriate relationships with other individuals and organizations in the public and private sectors of the nation.



For other good information on efforts to promote the humanities, go to the National Humanities Alliance, another non-profit organization.


National Greek Exam: Information, applications, and more from the official site of the exam.


The first volume of the new "Teaching Classical Languages" journal from CAMWS has nice Greek pedagogy material, and it can be downloaded for free here.


CPL Online 4.1 (2008), which is the predecessor of TCL, is devoted to Greek pedagogy and can be downloaded here.

Classical Outlook 87.1 (Fall 2009) is mostly Greek about pedagogy.


Below are the components of the packet of materials distributed at the Pre-Institute Workshop at the 61st Annual Institute of the American Classical League in Durham, NH, June 26-27, 2008. This workshop neither expected or required any knowledge (or recollection) of Greek.  The materials are to help teachers who want to introduce Greek to their program or school. It is arranged around the syllabus for the "Introduction to Greek" level of the National Greek Exam, a syllabus designed specifically for teachers and students starting Greek but who do not have a full class to commit to the language.


The Greek Alphabet Decorate your room while you learn the Greek alphabet!

  • The Big Alphabet: each full-size page has a letter, along with its name and pronunciation.
  • The not-as-big Alphabet: each full-size page has both the upper case and lower case letter, along with its name and pronunciation.
  • The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker by Christopher Perrin: A short, entertaining introduction to and workbook on the Greek alphabet.  Suitable for all ages, elementary school and up!
  • Greek Loan Words: A set of words in both upper and lower case Greek which come into English almost unchanged. [courtesy of Tom Sienkewicz]
  • Biblical Greek Loans words: A set of words in both upper and lower case Greek which come into English almost unchanged. [courtesy of Tom Sienkewicz]



  • The 50% list: 65 words which make up half of all Greek!
  • The 80% list: 1,100 words which make up 80% of all Greek.  Find out more!
  • Principal parts of all verbs in the Core Vocabulary.  Also available in separate files by type:
  • Vowel stems: including contract verbs
  • Nouns in the Core Vocabulary by declension and stem type
  • Adjectives in the Core Vocabulary by declension and stem type


Greek Grammar Pages


Greek at LSU -- Supplemental Readings.


[Materials provided by William Major, Chair, NCLG Committee for Greek]

SAT statistics for 2016

SAT statistics for 2015  ~   GRE infographic

SAT statistics for 2014 

SAT statistics for 2013

Recent statistics for Latin vs. other languages, 2012, and the GRE, 2012.

SAT by years of study, 2012

SAT statistics for 2012

Latin vs. other languages, 2011

SAT statistics for 2011

SAT statistics for 2010

SAT statistics for 2009
SAT statistics for 2008


* Thanks to Barbara Hill of the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, for this wonderful flyer about how Latin aids English reading comprehension.

* Thanks to Derek Haddad for this promotional PowerPoint on the benefits of taking Latin.

* Check out this page from St. Louis University, and this one from Drew University.

* Check out the Bolchazy-Carducci website for a few links and ideas.

* Derek Muller's comments on the Classics for prospective law students.

TCA's Survey of College Admissions Counselors

This is exceptional and elegant set of flyers, developed by the Texas Classical Association, covers the following topics: Why Study Latin? Should I Take Latin III & IV? College & University Admissions Personnel Respond to Latin.

Why Study Latin?

Designed by Ginny Lindzey, this brochure contains the latest SAT stats plus information based on Conrad Barrett's article, "Keys to Language and Cultural Awareness."

Harry Potter Knows Latin!

Designed by Ginny Lindzey, this flyer will serve as a quick promotional tool for students.

The Influence of Classical Studies on People of African Descent

* The Influence of Classical Studies on People of Hispanic Descent

* Borrowed words: 333 words and more which show the power of Latin in one's English vocabulary.  Part 1. Part 2.

Teacher Prep: New Ideas, New Approach.

* Promotional materials that can be obtained from the American Classical League Teaching Resource and Materials Center:

* Latin for the Millennium
* Innovative Latin Programs for Younger Students
* Cultural Diversity & Classics: A Promotional Packet

Please support the following organizations which in turn support the National Committee for Latin and Greek.


* American Classical League

* California Classical Association, North

* California Classical Association, South

* Classical Association of the Atlantic States

* Classical Association of the Middle, West and South

* Classical Association of New England

* Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest

Classical Association of Virginia

Colorado Classical Association

Excellence Through Classics

* Eta Sigma Phi National Honorary Society

* Illinois Classical Conference

* Kentucky Classical Association

* Michigan Classical Conference

* New Jersey Classical Association

New Hampshire Classical Association

* National Junior Classical League

* National Latin Exam Committee

North Carolina Classical Association

* Pennsylvania Classical Association

Society for Classical Studies

* Tennessee Classical Association

* Texas Classical Association

* Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association


Contributions to the

National Committee for Latin and Greek

     The National Committee for Latin and Greek is a standing committee within the ACL, dedicated to helping promote the study of the Classical world and Classical languages.  It is involved with schools and teachers, to provide financial support for special projects to draw attention to local programs, help create new projects and programs, and support programs which are threatened.

     The National Committee of Latin and Greek thanks the following organizations for their support in 2014-2015.  Their generosity allows us continue our work to promote Latin and Greek.

Patronus Aureus             ($1000 or more)

            American Classical League

            Classical Association of the Atlantic States

            Classical Association of the Middle West and South

            Society for Classical Studies


Patronus Argenteus            ($200-999)

            California Classical Association—South

            California Classical Association—North

            Eta Sigma Phi

            National Junior Classical League


Patronus Aeneus            ($100-199)

            Classical Association of New England

            Classical Association of Virginia

            Excellence Through Classics           

            Illinois Classical Conference           

            Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association


Amicus Fidelis            (Under $99)



If your organization would like to help support the work of the NCLG, please contact the NCLG Treasurer, Emily Batinski.