The cognitive skills developed in second language acquisition have been well-documented. For example a recent article points to evidence as to how knowing two languages enhances word prediction and word/object memory.

Below are some documents to help you explore the benefits of studying LATIN and GREEK at any level.

You can also find specific resources reinforcing the value of young learners taking Elementary and Middle School Latin.

Our Past Advocacy Chair, Ted Zarrow, spoke out on his views about the value of language study!

Dr. Zarrow, a Massachusetts Latin teacher, was named ACTFL National Teacher of the Year for 2016! 

With many thanks to ACTFL for permission, here is Dr. Zarrow's interview in The Language Educator, 

published in the Spring of 2016.  He speaks about the importance of language study and advocacy.

Below are some documents and resources that reflect on the value of taking courses in Latin and Greek Studies.

Important Note:

1) Please use the latest versions of downloads and DISCARD OLDER DOCUMENT versions from your files. Some docs are edited & updated OFTEN.

2) Please pick fliers appropriate for the age and needs of your different recipients.

3) Please read content carefully and discern the best fit for your needs.



Why Latin for Young Students?

Why Latin for Home Schools?

Why Latin at Upper Levels?


You can satisfy standards 

while teaching a valuable language 

that also builds skills for students at all ages!


Latin is being taught in public, private, magnet, charter, 

homeschool, universities, and even correctional settings.



Some valuable and transferable skills for all students include:

*Enlarged vocabulary and range of expressions. 

*Improved  reading comprehension 

*Enhanced writing skills.



~ Over 50% of all English words are formed from LATIN.

~ 10% more are formed from GREEK.

~ 90%  of academic, career, and professional vocabulary are formed from LATIN and GREEK word roots, prefixes and suffixes.

~ Latin courses satisfy many goals mentioned in Standards, Frameworks, Common Core, and 21st Century Skills.

(Common Core is still the base of, or similar to, many state standards under ESSA. Check your state and district.

Click here for a Common Core annotated version. )


Latin courses also include study of Greco-Roman  

history, art, and culture. This culture and its extensive 

literature are connected to the heritage of over a

billion people in 57+ countries on 4 continents.

Studying the Roman multicultural world can

also offer students insights into the origins or long

history of some modern situations and the comparison

of historical events and cultural realities over time 

can lead to productive discussions of social justice issues.



Why Latin? When to Start?

Latin and Young Learners: Check out these additional fliers!

Why Latin in Middle School

Study Develops Language Skills

Valuable and Transferable Skills For All Students

The Value of Latin, Some Perspectives (2021, Katie Robinson)



Want to build skills for college and careers?

Latin offers valuable skills for many careers!


Valuable and Transferable Skills 

~ communication

~ critical thinking

~ analysis

~ nuance and detail

~ differing perspectives

~ STEAM crossovers


Kiplinger Report ranked Classics #16 out of the 102 College Majors for leading to excellent and satisfying careers! (latest online article 2019


See information from various universities on value of study for careers and opportunities for post-graduate work.


And students of Latin and Classics Majors have a long history of strong correlation to very good standardized test scores (per SAT, ETS-GRE data).