Latin Overview

13-17 or 13-24 August 2018
Summer Term

and

academic terms 2017-2018

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, 13-17 or 13-24 August 2018

Daniel Vowles

Daniel Vowles

Enrol for the first or for both weeks.
Classes are held Monday through Friday.
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August, are free days.
Courses scheduled are:

First Latin Experience – Beginning Latin (LA411)
09:30-12:45 and 14:00-16:15 weekdays
Instructor: Laura Pooley.

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

Third Latin Experience – Intermediate Latin (LA611)
10:00 12:45 and 14:00-16:30 weekdays
Instructors: Daniel VowlesLudi (homework games) reviewed together with James Leachman and Catharina Chen.

Laura Pooley Beginning Latin tutor

Laura Pooley

Fourth Latin Experience – Proficient Latin for Liturgists (L711):
14:00-17:00 weekdays
Instructor: Daniel McCarthy

Reading Cicero’s Letters (LA811)
16:45-18:00 weekdays
Instructor: Laura Pooley.

Latin for the Deaf

6-10 or 6-17 August 2018

Unique to our programme is instruction on the Latin language given to the Deaf in SEE or ASL. The courses are tailored to the individual needs of the students.

Both levels are uniquely taught by a Deaf man, Greg Carrier (deaf, SEE) with the supervision of Daniel McCarthy (hearing, ASL)

Two courses are offered:

LA411D Latin First Experience: Beginning Latin for the Deaf

Uniquely taught by a Deaf man, Greg Carrier (deaf, SEE) with the supervision of Daniel McCarthy (hearing, ASL)

LA611D Latin Third Experience: Intermediate Latin for the Deaf

Because this course is based on guided self-study, the Latin Third Experience is offered in two successive summers. The first year is dedicated to the participles and their usages (encounters 50-57 of the Ossa book).

Uniquely taught by a Deaf man, Greg Carrier (deaf, SEE) with the supervision of Daniel McCarthy (hearing, ASL)

LA611D Latin Third Experience: Intermediate Latin for the Deaf

The second part of Latin Third Experience covers the usages of the subjunctive (encounters 58-68 of the Ossa book).

Instructor: Daniel McCarthy (hearing, ASL)

 

Academic Terms 2017-2018

Courses are offered during academic term according to student demand and proficiency. For current offerings please go to this page at the Benedictine Institute.

The instructor is: Daniel Vowles.

Courses offered have included:

  1. First Latin Experience – Beginning Latin (LA411)
  2. Post Beginners is the above course offered when the students are more advanced.
  3. (Second Latin experience – conversational Latin: is currently not on offer)
  4. Third Latin Experience – Intermediate Latin (LA511)
  5. Intermediate/Advanced Latin is offered to meet student need and proficiency.
  6. Fourth Latin Experience – Advanced Latin (LA711)

 

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, updated on 12 November 2017.