The study of classical world languages:
- gives access to two of the world's great literature and cultures, Greek and Roman
- radically improves English vocabulary, since 2/3 of modern English is Latin- based and modern technical vocabularies are derived from Greek and Latin
- helps students learn the structure of English grammar, improving their written and spoken communication.
Classical world language curriculum, unlike its modern counterpart, is not proficiency oriented. Those who study a classical language try less to communicate orally with each other and more with the ancient authors and cultures, primarily through reading. While the emphasis is on reading, both traditional and newer teaching methods stress pronunciation, reading aloud, recitation and short spoken dialogues as important aids to learning.