I am currently pursuing my M.A. degree in Humanities, with a concentration in Classics, at the University of Dallas, in Irving. I have six years experience learning Latin (plus three years of Ancient Greek), which I began studying at U.N.T. in 2008. Since graduating in 2009, I was involved in Latin reading groups and classes before I enrolled as a graduate student at U.D.
I do have experience tutoring Latin, beginning in 2011, where I helped direct a small group of college students in reading from Hans Orberg's Lingua Latina: Familia Romana Pars 1. This consisted of reading from the text and discussing elementary grammatical forms as we encountered them. Currently, I am tutoring a fellow Latinist in developing reading skills at a more advanced level. Specifically, we read from Mason Hammond's edition of Plautus' Miles Gloriosus, and discuss odd and/or harder grammatical constructions, then find ways of effectively translating the author's words.
Some Latin authors I've read in their original include: Cicero, Livy, Tacitus, Martial, Erasmus, Plautus, Petronius and Caesar.
Some Greek authors I've read in their original: Herodotus, Homer and Plato.
A note on learning materials/texts:
I use whatever materials are required of the student. I myself have used a variety, and thus am able to adapt well to use effectively those materials needed for the student. On the other hand, this means I have my own recommendations, if no specific text is required.
My take on Latin pedagogy and tutoring in general:
Everyone is different, thus we all have different strengths, weaknesses and speeds of learning new information. I will do my best to accommodate each individual student to his or her learning style. That said, in order to learn anything - especially a Classical language - constant practice and determination is crucial on the student's part. Mastering basic grammatical concepts is very important early on, as it eventually will reduce the time needed to think mechanically about what is being read, and allow one to focus more on the translation and beauty of the language. I will try to foster this approach in an engaging and effective way.
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