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Larry C.

English/ Literature/ Writing/ History/ Music/ Spanish/ Religion

Castaic, CA (91384)

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Hourly fee
$45.00
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Currently, I teach English at College of the Canyons and Francis Polytechnic High School. Students from College of the Canyons have posted very positive comments about me on Ratemyprofessor.com. I hold a Master's Degree in English from Cal. State Northridge, and a Bachelor's Degree in English (with a Minor in Philosophy), from Loyola Marymount University. I have been teaching for over 20 years. I have studied abroad at Cambridge University, in England, and taught for a year in Spain. I rode a motorcycle from Spain, through France and England and into Ireland and back. Actually, I can't tutor motorcycle riding, but it was an interesting thing to mention. I also play the piano, speak Spanish fluently, and have a limited reading knowledge of French and Latin. My interests are: literature, history, philosophy, religion, music, art and travel. I'm almost always reading classic literature by authors like Alexandre Dumas, Fyodor Dostoyevski, Tolstoi, or Shakespeare, simply because I enjoy them (that is, not for a class or to earn a degree, but because I want to.) When I have free time, I also enjoy spending time with my wife and children, walking our dog, or grilling something tasty in the back yard.

I have worked with a wide variety of students with varying abilities and attributes, from special needs youngsters to honors and Advanced Placement students, ranging in age from 9th Grade to college level (from 18 to 40s and 50s). My basic philosophy of teaching is that students learn best when a teacher accentuates the positive and encourages them in what they are doing right. Of course, there is a place for correction and challenging the student, but that should only occur within a context of support and encouragement that "catches" students doing something right, rather than looking for ways to "catch" them doing wrong.

I would be very happy to answer any further questions or arrange an interview.

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American History

I have taken numerous college level courses in this area, as well as read widely about various aspects of American History, from the Founding Fathers to the great Westward Expansion and the many facets of the 20th Century.

Classics

I have taken classes in Latin as well as Greek mythology at the college level. I have also talen college-level courses in ancient Greek philosophy. I have taught poetry by Homer and plays by Sophocles at the college level.

English

I have taught high school English for over twenty years and college-level English (at College of the Canyons) since 2001. I majored in English because I developed a love for reading and good literature. I hold a BA in English from Loyola Marymount Univ., and a Master's Degree in English from Cal State Northridge. I became a teacher because I believe that teaching and learning, like reading and writing, are essential to a successful and happy life.

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL for L.A. Unified; and also taught ESL to 7th through 10th grade students in a school in Spain for one year. During that time, I also did individual ESL tutoring for faculty members of the University of Santiago de Compostela.

European History

I have taken numerous college level courses in this area, as well as read widely in this area, especially British, French, Italian and Spanish history.

Literature

I hold a Master's Degree in English with an emphasis on literature, from Cal State Northridge. I have a deep love of great literature from around the world, and have read extensively from works by Dostoyevsky, Dumas, Shakespeare, Hugo, Dickens, Camus, Steinbeck, Hemingway, Tolstoy, and various other great authors.

Piano

I have played piano since I was a child (for more than 40 years) and play regularly on Sundays for a church choir. I enjoy playing classical, jazz, and rock music on the piano.

Public Speaking

I have taught Speech and Drama classes to high school and junior high students. I have facilitated presentations by teachers in professional development seminars.

Religion

My deepest knowledge in this area is of the Christian faith, as articulated by C. S. Lewis in his book, Mere Christianity. I have studied and am conversant with all the major denominations of Christian faith: Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and Evangelical. I also have some knowledge of all major world religions: Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.

Spanish

I became fluent in Spanish while living and working in Spain for one year. Before that I took several years of Spanish in high school and college.

World History

I have taken many college-level courses in this area, as well as read widely on my own. I know various facts about the Sumerians, the ancient Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, as well as the Mayans, the Incas, and the ancient civilizations of Asia and Africa.

Writing

When I was in college, I developed a love of reading, and this led to an increase in proficiency at writing. By the time my senior year rolled around, my fellow students were asking for me to proof-read their papers, just because they knew I could do a good job at it. Now I teach college-level and high school English, and I have written some things that have been published. If you need help with writing, I'm sure I could provide it.

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Education

Loyola Marymount Univerisity (English Literature)

Cal State Northridge University (Master's)

Cal State Dominguez Hills (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Starting rate is negotiable. Group and multiple hour lesson discounts available.

Travel policy

Larry will travel within 30 miles of Castaic, CA 91384.

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