Beginning Latin for the Deaf

Greg Carrier, tutor of LA411D

Greg Carrier

Latin for the Deaf is offered uniquely by a deaf man, Greg Carrier, 6-17 August 2018, Ealing, London, UK

IL: LA411D
not for credit

Directed self-study with: Greg Carrier
Under the supervision of: Daniel McCarthy

Beginning Latin is offered for Deaf / deaf students who want to learn Latin. The course is taught by Greg Carrier (deaf, Signing Exact English – SEE) and his supervisor, Daniel McCarthy (hearing, with familiarity in American Sign Language – ASL).

No knowledge of Latin is needed to take this course. The First Experience of the Latin language introduces students to Latin literature through reading original texts, both ancient and modern. Learn to compose your own sentences in Latin. Students learn how human thought is expressed in Latin by reading original Latin texts to develop a clear understanding of what the author originally said.

There are no vocabulary cards or charts of grammar to memorise! There is only the living language to understand, read, write, and enjoy.


How is the class taught?

cover image The Mere Bones of Latin; Text of Latin for the DeafWe use the teaching method of Reginald Foster OCD directly from his book Ossa Latinitas Sola, and guided self-study directed by Greg. Past experience shows that students should be able to complete ten encounters of solid learning over the two weeks.

Students begin each day by reading the individual encounter for that day in the Ossa book, and discuss any questions with Greg. Greg also suggests Latin passages to read and understand together to reinforce concepts learned in that day’s encounter.

Each student receives a ludus domesticus (=home game = homework) to complete on one’s own. The ludus has short Latin passages from various authors, with questions designed to help students understand what’s happening in the Latin so they can translate the Latin into English. There are also opportunities to translate simple English sentences into Latin.

Students review their ludus answers and any further questions they may have with Greg, and with Daniel as needed.

This course relies heavily upon self-study. Past experience has shown that each day approximately an hour of instruction with the tutor, Greg, is necessary to answer questions and review the ludi.


What is taught?

  • The active indicative verb in all times (past, present, and future),
  • Nouns and adjectives in two of their functions (subject, object), with initial discussion of other functions (of-possession, by-with-from-in, to-for-from),
  • Personal pronouns (he, she, it), conjunctions (but, and etc.), prepositions (in, on, under, from, etc.).


Daniel McCarthy; supervisor of Latin for the Deaf

Daniel McCarthy

What are the hours of study?

The organisational session is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Monday, 6 August 2018.

Since the course is focused on self-study, sessions are by appointment and can be discussed with Greg on the first day of the course (6 August). Because this course relies heavily upon self-study, the progress of each student is largely dependent upon the amount of private study given to read the encounters and complete the ludi, in addition to the time spent daily with the tutor.

Please also note that the weekend 18-19 August are free days. Students may organise their own excursions on these days.


What books do I need?

  • 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.

We can also recommend this book to help with English and Latin grammar:

Don’t forget to bring a notebook as well! The ludi domestici (=domestic games = homework) sheets and Latin texts are provided.


When is the course held?

Study Centre for Latin for the Deaf

Benedictine Institute

6-17 August 2018: Block III

Enrol for the first week only:
6-10 August 2018

or enrol for both weeks:

6-10 August (Monday to Friday) and
13-17 August  (Monday to Friday),
Saturday 11, Sunday 12 August are free days.


Whom do I contact if I have more questions?

For more information you may contact the tutor, Greg Carrier, at greg.carrier AT


How do I Enrol?
Enquire and Enrol by contacting the Registrar, Clare Cogswell, by e-mail at il AT liturgyinstitute DOT org or by phone or post at the address given below or here.

Clare Cogswell

Clare Cogswell

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

enquiries: +44 (0)208 862 2156
E-mail: il AT liturgyinstitute DOT org
Location on Google Maps is found here.


Note: Students must be over 18 years of age.



Non residential day students are welcome.

Limited accommodation is available through Ealing Abbey house for guests or other religious houses or nearby.

Residential students may arrange to arrive on Saturday 4 or Sunday 5 August or before the first session begins at 10.00 on Monday 6 August 2018.

Residential students may arrange to depart after the last session on Friday 17 or on Saturday 18 August 2018.


More information on travel to Ealing by air, train or metro and on accommodation at or near Ealing Abbey is available on this web-site under the button: “Registration”.

© D. McCarthy 2017, updated 14 November 2017