I am currently pursuing my M.A. degree in humanities & classics
at the University of Dallas. I received a B.A. in history
from the University of North Texas in 2009. My official language
hours in college include:
9 in Latin
6 in Ancient Greek
17 in Latin
6 in Ancient Greek
14 in German
In addition to this, I've read (and continue to read) other representative authors in both Latin and Greek (see below) outside of classes.
I have both group and individual tutoring experience. I've led a small group of college students in reading
from Hans Orberg's Lingua Latina: Familia Romana Pars 1. This involved reading from the text and discussing elementary grammatical forms as we encountered them. I also have tutored a fellow Latinist in developing reading skills at a more advanced level. We read from Mason Hammond's edition of Plautus' Miles Gloriosus, and an edition of Petronius' Cena Trimalchionis, discussing advanced grammatical constructions and effective translation.
Some Latin authors I've read in their original include: Vergil, Cicero, Suetonius, Livy, Tacitus, Martial, Erasmus, Plautus, Petronius, Lucretius and Caesar.
Some Greek authors I've read in their original language: Herodotus, Homer, Hesiod and Plato.
A note on learning materials/texts:
I use whatever materials are required of the student. I myself have used a variety, from traditional grammar
-heavy resources to inductive readers, and thus am able to adapt well to the student's needs. This also 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 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.