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Created from the Cosmic Legends of the Universe, this Didaskalos, or teacher, will train the young hero to think clearly and correctly, speak persuasively, and consort well with Men of Rank, just as the Centaur Cheiron taught Achilles. He has recited Homer, Vergil, Ovid, etc. in 32 states, and directed two tragedies and a comedy, all in the original Latin and Greek. He is recognized an an authority on the correct pronunciation of Ancient Greek and Latin, and is working hard with national classics groups to revive the public's interest in classical entertainment. More practically, he has done graduate work in Greek and Latin, recorded 7 CD's, and done various editing projects, including helping with the editing of the Greek, Latin, and Hebrew in Rev. Cotton Mather's 4,500 page manuscript magnum opus, the BIBLIA AMERICANA, left unpublished at his death in 1728. While getting his 2nd B.A. at SDSU, he worked in the SDSU Math Department's drop-in tutoring room, explaining the math he learned at UCSD (B.A.) to all comers, at all levels, with all backgrounds, and with all different communication styles. Signing up with him is a chance to come in contact with the Western Tradition in all its glory.
When I tutored in the drop-in center at SDSU, many students came in asking for help on the CBEST test. Since I have a good math background, it was easy for me to help the students master the basic skills involved.
I have a B.A. in Greek and Latin from SDSU, followed by 2 years of course work at the University of Georgia. (M.A. not awarded, as my focus was more on performing than on scholarship.) I have recorded 7 CDs giving the correct pronunciation of Greek and Latin, and performed Homer, Vergil, Ovid, etc., in 32 states. I regularly give workshops on how to recite poetry at classic meetings all over the country. I have directed a comedy and a tragedy in Greek, Aristophanes' Thesmophorizausae, and Euripides' Iphigenia in Aulis. I am active with SORGLL, the Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin, and in the American Philological Association, lobbying to raise the profile of classical performance across the USA.
Rhetoric, or public speaking is central to the discipline of the Classics. When I taught Latin in the classroom, I had my students memorize Cicero's famous speech IN CATILINAM, and perform it four times. A carefully designed rubric explained what was wanted at each stage. The first stage was simply reading from a script-in-hand, and the final stage was expected to feature a memorized script, correct Latin pronunciation, appropriate emotion and gestures, and the correct wearing of a Roman toga. The final-stage presentations were all video-taped. My work since then, training actors to speak Greek and Latin correctly and act in plays, has involved similar development. One of my recent WyzAnt students was taking a public speaking class, and we worked together on a little speech on behalf of a charity. After an hour of tutoring with me, she came in first in her class. So I would be happy to expand my qualifications to include public speaking.
I have been deeply involved with the question of pronunciation of ancient Greek and Latin, leading to the production of 7 audio CDs for popular Greek and Latin texts, which are acknowledged as setting the new standard for pronunciation of these "dead" languages. I have done several workshops all over the country for professional groups, at which I train students in the correct pronunciation of Greek and Latin. I have directed two tragedies and a comedy, for which I had to record and train my cast. I have in addition performed Beowulf in Old English and Sir Gawain in (Northern) Middle English.
I am familiar with the problems of training at least one Asian group in English pronunciation, having taught English in Japan in 1990. (L/R issues, closure of syllables, etc.) My mom was an elementary school teacher, so I got the whole old-fashioned phonics education, with careful attention paid to the proper pronunciation of every single letter and letter blend. I have often reflected that the old television show "Leave it to Beaver" offers some of the purest and clearest examples of English speech, as used by Americans, and would center my English language teaching on it as a standard.
Here is my website, detailing my adventures:
I have toured reciting Homer, Vergil, Beowulf, Sir Gawain, Ovid, etc, in 32 states. I directed 2 tragedies, in Greek and Latin, in 2012, Seneca's Phaedra, and Euripides's Iphigenia in Aulis. I was in 5 church melodrama productions. (We did a field-trip to the Golden Horseshoe theater at Knott's Berry Farm to see old-fashioned melodrama.) I have given workshops all over the country on the correct pronunciation of Greek and Latin, which of course includes a section on emotional expressivity. This Fall I plan to direct Oidipous Tyrannos in Greek at the San Diego public library, at the brand-new building opening in September.
Great Tutor — I am a student at SDSU and have been working tirelessly with Mark to keep up with my Latin class. He is unbelievably intelligent and knows Latin inside and out. He has been able to break down the language and spoon feed it to me until I understand every single aspect of it. An extremely kind and patient man, I would definitely recommend mark to anyone who is looks to improve their Latin skills whe ...
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