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Latin Overview

Latin Summer Term
15 – 26 August 2022

online from the
BENEDICTINE INSTITUTE
EALING, LONDON

COVID: Summer Latin courses 2022 are intended to be held in person, but we intend to make them accessible online as well. Hours of instruction will be determined by 4 July for Latin courses held in August.

Summer Programme 2022
Beginning Latin
Intermediate Latin
Advanced Latin
Proficient Latin
Reading Latin

Overview

cover image The Mere Bones of LatinWe use the teaching method of Reginald Foster OCD directly from his book Ossa Latinitatis Sola. This is also reflected in the new series by Laura Pooley, Ossa Ostensa: Book 1We offer instruction in Latin from the first lesson to the advanced Master’s level programme.

Classes are held Monday – Friday, 15 – 26 August 2022, weekdays.

Summer Programme,

15 – 26 August 2022

Beginning Latin (LA411)

3 hours with a break, weekdays.
Precise schedule to be determined depending on the time-zones of participants.
Instructor: Lydia Roberts.

(Not for credit – no exams.)
No knowledge of the language is presumed. By the end of the course each participant will have been introduced to:

  • All verb times in the indicative,
  • The active and passive voice,
  • Command forms,
  • All noun and adjective groups and most of their usages,
  • Reading and pronouncing original Latin texts, from ancient to modern.

Classes are held both weekly during the academic term and daily during the summer programme. Intermediate Latin covers the material of the First Latin Experience.

Intermediate Latin (LA611)

3 hours with a break, weekdays.

(Not for credit – no exams.)
Students will begin to understand:

  • The meaning and usages of the subjunctive mode,
  • Mostly in reading but also in writing the Latin language.
  • The forms and natural meaning of the four participles,
  • And their usages including the ablative absolute.

Classes are held both weekly during the academic term and daily during the summer programme. Intermediate Latin covers the material of the Third Latin Experience.

This course covers the material of the Third Latin Experience in Ossa Latinitatis Sola (read more here) also presented in the forthcoming book Ossa Ostensa Book 2.

The material presumed for this course is covered in Beginning Latin given above.

Advanced Latin: LA711

Daniel Vowles3 hours with a break, weekdays.
Precise schedule to be determined depending on the time-zones of participants.

Instructor: Daniel Vowles

Students will encounter Latin literature written by many authors authors from every age. During this course students will learn and develop a facility with the following elements of the Latin langauge:

  • The accusative with the infinitive used in indirect discourse and object sentences,
  • The gerund and gerundive and the participle of passive necessity,
  • conditional sentences: if … , then … ,
  • The 3% use of the sequence of tenses and modal attraction,
  • Verbs of doubting, fearing and prohibiting,
  • Oblique complements of verbs and their passive construction,
  • Specific usages of the dative, genitive, ablative,
  • Overviews of:
    • 14 ways to express purpose,
    • 10 usages of the relative pronoun,
    • Positive and negative commands,

Classes are held both weekly during the academic term and daily during the summer programme. This course covers the material of the Fourth Latin Experience in Ossa Latinitatis Sola (read more here) also presented in the forthcoming book Ossa Ostensa Book 3.

The material presumed for this course is listed above for the First and Third Experiences.

Students wishing more instruction are encouraged to enrol also in Reading Cicero’s Letters, LA811.

Proficient Latin for Liturgists: L711

KU Leuven: B-KUL-A07E3A 4 study points
3 hours with a break, weekdays.
Precise schedule to be determined depending on the time-zones of participants.

Instructor: Daniel Vowles
with the moderation of Daniel McCarthy

Students will encounter Latin literature written by many authors authors from every age with a focus on: biblica, patristica, liturgica, scholastica, magisteria, musica, canonica. During this course students will learn and develop a facility with the following elements of the Latin langauge:

  • The accusative with the infinitive used in indirect discourse and object sentences,
  • The gerund and gerundive and the participle of passive necessity,
  • Conditional sentences: if … , then … ,
  • The 3% use of the sequence of tenses and modal attraction,
  • Verbs of doubting, fearing and prohibiting,
  • Oblique complements of verbs and their passive construction,
  • Specific usages of the dative, genitive, ablative,
  • Overviews of:
    • 14 ways to express purpose,
    • 10 usages of the relative pronoun,
    • Positive and negative commands,

Classes are held both weekly during the academic term and daily during the summer programme. This course covers the material of the Fourth Latin Experience in Ossa Latinitatis Sola (read more here) also presented in the forthcoming book 3 of Ossa Ostensa.

The material presumed for this course is listed above for the First and Third Experiences.

Students wishing more instruction are encouraged to enrol also in Reading Cicero’s Letters, LA811.

Canon law students of KU Leuven are encouraged to enrol in this accredited course L711 or the non-accredited course LA711 described above. Both L711 and LA711 are taught together and literature is considered according to the needs of the students enrolled. This course along with the course Reading Cicero’s Letters prepare canonists for the KU Leuven course “Reading of Latin Canonical Texts” (B-KUL-B0B48B). This course was originally designed for liturgists, but includes all the Latin material needed along with a consideration of canonical texts such as Sacrosanctum Concilium, Praenotanda, Decreta and Sententia.

Reading Cicero’s Letters (LA811)
Image of Jonathan Day

105 minutes with a break, weekdays.
Precise schedule to be determined depending on the time-zones of participants.

Instructor: Jonathan Day.

To synthesize the whole language, we read the letters of Cicero to his friends and close associates. This course is held daily during the summer programme and may be taken in addition to L711 Proficient Latin for Liturgists. We use the volume Ossium Carnes Multae: The Bones’ Meats Abundant, but may include other letters of Cicero not included in this volume. This reading course corresponds to the Fifth Latin Experience in Ossa Latinitatis Sola.

Reading Latin Literature (LA812)

105 minutes with a break, weekdays.
Precise schedule to be determined depending on the time-zones of participants.

Instructor: Jonathan Day.

The course of reading Latin literature in the summer of 2022 may include other literature beyond the letters of Cicero, in particular the poetic Metamorphoses by Ovid. Reading Latin Literature corresponds to the Fifth Latin Experience in Ossa Latinitatis Sola.

Reginald Foster

Our 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 steadily and soundly in the knowledge and use and appreciation of Latin has guided him in developing his method of teaching Latin (more here).

Testimonials

Richard Peers, “How to Learn Latin: the Reginald Foster Method at Ealing Abbey” (24 August 2018) accessed online on 13 February 2021 at: link.

Contact:

Ms Clare Cogswell, Registrar
Schedule a visit or write to me at: 
Benedictine Institute (at Ealing Abbey)
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing, London W5 2DD, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8862 2156
Contact Clare, the Registrar at this linked email address.
Location on Google Maps is 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”. To enrol for non-ceredit courses or for credit courses accredited by KU Leuven, please contact Clare, the Registrar at this linked email address.
© Daniel McCarthy, updated on 29 January 2022 by DM.