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I am an experienced university English instructor and tutor. I hold an M.A in English and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing. I specialize in test preparation, teaching essay-writing, English remediation and Teaching English as a Second Language. I believe in encouraging students as I help them improve their English proficiency.
I attended a Christian private school, which required 24 hours of college-level Bible classes. Additionally, I have taught Sunday School classes for adults and teens. One of my scholarly interests is biblical hermeneutics. I also have a working knowledge of New Testament Greek.
I have had extensive university coursework in the Classics, in addition to teaching them utilizing the Socratic Method, also at the university level.
I am also able to read and translate Greek, including the Attic and the Koine dialects; further, I am comfortable reading and translating Latin, especially poetry, including the epic mode.
I have taught Dante, Homer, Ovid, Aeschylus, Shakespeare, Quixote, and many later works designated as classical.
I am able to teach the discipline of logic for two reasons: first, I have completed several classes in philosophy with a focus on logical processes. Second, my experience teaching and evaluating argumentation in writing is strong and varied. Last, my primary teaching method evolves from an aporetic style.
As an instructor of English, I have practiced reading, writing, and reasoning skills with students. Much of the time part of teaching a student to write clearly and with understanding requires a great amount of critical thinking ability; consequently, I have become experienced in devising exercises that call on students to dissect ideas and subjects in order to learn how to create their own ideas and subjects.
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