Latin Overview

14-18 or 14-25 August 2017
Summer Term

and

academic terms 2016-2017

at the

BENEDICTINE INSTITUTE
EALING, LONDON

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Latin Overview

cover image The Mere Bones of LatinWe use the teaching method of Reginald Foster OCD directly from his book Ossa Latinitatis Sola. We offer instruction in Latin from the first lesson to the advanced Master’s level programme:

Beginning Latin. This course presumes no knowledge of the language and introduces the student to authentic Latin literature with a clear presentation of how human thought is expressed in Latin. Classes are held both weekly during the academic term and daily during the summer programme. Beginning Latin covers the material of the First Latin Experience in the Ossa book (read more here).

Intermediate Latin. This course presumes a familiarity with: 1) the verb both in all times of the indicative and the commands, both active, passive and deponent; 2) the nouns and adjectives of all groups in five of their functions (subject; object; of-possession; by-with-from-in; to-for-from); 3) personal and reflective pronouns, conjunctions, relatives and prepositions.

Intermediate Latin introduces the student to two main elements of Latin expression: the four participles and their usages, especially the ablative absolute; 2) the principles and forms of the subjunctive along with their use according to the sequence of tenses to express purpose, result, circumstance, cause, concession, characteristic and others in real Latin literature. 

Classes are held both weekly during the academic term and daily during the summer programme. Intermediate Latin covers the material of the Second Latin Experience in the Ossa book (read more here).

Advanced Latin and Proficient Latin for Liturgists. Students are presumed to have a familiarity with: 1) the principles of the subjunctive, their forms and different usages according to the sequence of tenses, as well as the accurate renderings of each of these usages into English; 2) the forms and natural meaning of the four participles, and their different usages, especially of the ablative absolute.

Both advanced and Proficient Latin introduce the student to: 1) the four infinitives and their usages, including the accusative with the infinitive used in indirect discourse and in object sentences; the gerund and gerundive as distinct from the participle of passive necessity; 3) conditional sentences; 4) the 3% use of the sequence of tenses; 5) verbs of fearing, doubting, fearing and prohibiting; 6) verbs with oblique complements, both active and passive; 7) specific usages of the dative, genitive, ablative; 7) an overview of the fourteen ways to express purpose, the ten different usages of the relative pronoun and of positive and negative commands. Both Advanced and Proficient Latin for Liturgists cover the material of the Fourth Latin Experience in the Ossa book.

Advanced Latin is taught during the academic term. Students develop an appreciation of the Latin language through reading and understanding texts from very many authors and types of literature from every age.

Proficient Latin for Liturgists is  held daily during the summer programme. Students develop an appreciation of the Latin language through reading and understanding texts from the liturgy and from prose on the liturgy from seven areas of ecclesial literature: biblica, patristica, liturgica, scholastica, magisteria, musica, canonica. This course may be taken for post-graduate credit through KU Leuven or for audit (no exam, no credit) through the Institutum Liturgicum London (more here). Proficient Latin covers the material of the First Latin Experience in the Ossa book.

Readings in Latin: Cicero’s letters. To synthesize the whole language, we also read a few letters of Cicero to his friends. This course is  held daily during the summer programme and may be taken in addition to L711 Proficient Latin for Liturgists or in addition to LA611 Intermediate Latin by qualified students.

Summer Programme, 14-18 or 14-25 August 2017

Daniel Vowles

Daniel Vowles

Enrol for the first or for both weeks.
Classes are held Monday through Friday.
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August, are free days.
Courses scheduled are:

First Latin Experience – Beginning Latin (LA411)
10:00 13:00, 14:00-15:15 weekdays
Instructor: Daniel Vowles with another instructor for the ludi domestici (domestic games = self-study).

Second Latin experience – conversational Latin: not scheduled for this year

Third Latin Experience – Intermediate Latin (LA611)
10:00 13:00, 14:00-15:15 weekdays
Instructors: Laura Pooley;
(liturgical Latin) James Leachman

Laura Pooley Beginning Latin tutor

Laura Pooley

Fourth Latin Experience – Proficient Latin for Liturgists (L711):
14:30-17:30 weekdays
Instructor: Daniel McCarthy

Reading Cicero’s Letters (LA811)
17:15-18:15 weekdays
Instructor: Daniel Vowles.

Academic Terms 2016-2017

First Latin Experience – Beginning Latin (LA411)
Instructor: James McAllister

Second Latin experience – conversational Latin: not scheduled for this year

Third Latin Experience – Intermediate Latin (LA511)
Instructor: Daniel Vowles. Because of student abilities, the course offered in academic term 2016-2027 consists of some material from Intermediate Latin and some material from Advanced Latin.

Fourth Latin Experience – Advanced Latin (LA711)
Instructor: Daniel Vowles. Because of student abilities, the course offered in academic term 2016-2027 consists of some material from Intermediate Latin and some material from Advanced Latin.

Reginald Foster

Reginald FosterOur method of teaching the Latin language was developed by Fr Reginald Foster, former papal Latinist who tought Latin to many generations in Rome. Over fourty years of helping people to grow fast and solidly in the knowledge and use and appreciation of Latin has guided him in developing his method of teaching Latin (more here).

 

Contact:

Ms Clare Cogswell, Registrar
Schedule a visit or write to me at: 
Benedictine Institute
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing, London W5 2DD, UK
enquiries: +44 (0)208 862 2156
E-mail: il AT liturgyinstitute DOT org
Location on Google Map found here.

More information on travel to Ealing Abbey by air, train or metro and on accommodation at or near Ealing Abbey is available on this web-site under the button: “Registration”. You can also find here the procedure for enrolling in non-credit courses (IL enquiry form and enrolment form here) and for enrolling in graduate credit courses accredited by KU Leuven (KU Leuven enrolment information here).
© Daniel McCarthy, edited JL 19 Sept 2016