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Clive Letchford

Alexander Nowell, Catechismus parvus pueris primum qui ediscatur, proponendus in scholis, Latine et Graece. 1574

I am a part time MPhil student supervised by Dr. Paul Botley (Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies) and Dr. Richard Smith (Department of Applied Linguistics). My focus is on the impact of renaissance humanism on teaching at pre-university level in England and how it informed the curriculum, methods and texts used by schoolmasters for many decades thereafter. My project Renaissance schoolmasters: pedagogy and innovation in the shadow of tradition in England, 1540-1640 looks at the experience of schoolmasters and students and considers the extent to which the approach changed over this period.

I have extensive experience of teaching Latin and Greek language at school and university level and have published textbooks for school use. I have been at the forefront in the UK in exploring the use of spoken Latin as an effective pedagogical approach with my project ‘Living Latin’ for the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick, and have published on my practical experience of teaching students using spoken Latin.


  • OCR Anthology for Classical Greek (2024-2026) (Bloomsbury, 2023)
  • 'Communicative Latin for all in a UK University' in Communicative Approaches for Ancient Languages (Bloomsbury, 2022)
  • OCR Anthology for Classical Greek (2018-2023) (Bloomsbury, 2016)
  • Aristophanes: Frogs (Cambridge University Press, 2014