Liturgy Institute London

For a detailed and peaceful study of Liturgy

Beginning Latin

Latin First Experience = Beginning Latin

Summer School

Online course: 22 July – 2 August 2024, weekdays

In Person course: 12 – 23 August 2024, weekdays


cover image The Mere Bones of LatinNo knowledge of the language is presumed. The First Experience of the Latin language introduces the student to authentic Latin literature with a clear presentation of how human thought is expressed in Latin.

  • All verb times in the indicative
  • Both active and passive verbs
  • Command forms
  • All noun and adjective groups and most of their usages

We use the teaching method of Reginald Foster directly from his book Ossa Latinitatis Sola. This is also reflected in the new series by Laura Pooley, Ossa Ostensa: Book 1

Encounter the living Latin language. Learn to pronounce and read Latin from original texts, both ancient and modern. Learn to compose your own sentences. No vocabulary cards! No paradigms to memorize! Just the living language to understand, write and speak.

This introductory course is offered for enjoyment, not for credit. We read together Latin texts from all ages and very many authors, including texts suitable for people studying Canon Law at KU Leuven and students of liturgy from the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, Rome.

Both Courses, online and in person:
: 3 hours with a break
Courses open to anyone 18 years of age or older.
Enrol and enquiries by contacting Clare Cogswell at this linked E-mail address.

Activities include the presentation of Latin and reading Latin texts together and a daily ludus domesticus, “home-game”, for self-study and in class review.


♦ SIMPSON, D.P. Cassell’s latin Dictionary, Macmillan, New York 1959 or equivalent, including a small English to Latin section. A pocket dictionary is not sufficient. 

♦ FOSTER, R.T., – D.P. MCCARTHY, Ossa Latinitatis Sola ad mentem Reginaldi rationemqueThe Mere Bones of Latin according to the thought and system of Reginald, (Latinitatis Corpus 1), Catholic University of America Press, Washington DC 2016. Available from the publisher or from or from

♦ POOLEY, L., Ossa Ostensa: A proven system for demystifying Latin, Book 1, (Latinitatis Corpus 1), Catholic University of America Press, Washington DC 2021. Available in print or electronic version from the publisher or from or from


Canon Law Students at KU Leuven may take these summer courses or study Latin online throughout the academic term to prepare for two proficiency exams at KU Leuven.


Clare Cogswell, Registrar
Benedictine Institute
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing, London W5 2DD, UK

enquiries: +44 (0)20 8194 2320
E-mail Clare, the Registrar at this linked E-mail address.
Location on Google Maps is found here.

Travel – Accommodation:

Limited accommodation is available in Ealing Abbey house for guests for students enrolled for both weeks.

Page updated 20 December 2022 by DMcC.