As an undergraduate I studied Latin and Greek, a double major. Of course, in order to translate these languages to English, a pretty thorough knowledge of all three grammars is essential. I have since published some magazine articles and a book, researching, writing, annotating, and editing them myself. Because I have studied the classical languages, I know a few things that are not usually mentioned in English class: periodic sentences, chiasmus, homoioteleuton, to name a few. I can compose in any style, and I can show you how to do the same. Most English classes are all about literature; I specialize in the technical aspects of English grammar (which is not to say that I am unacquainted with the various literary genres). I've taught ESL kids the rudiments of English, History students how write a research paper using the Chicago Manual of Style, and everything in between.
With regard to history: I've been studying it since 1957, when I got my first library card. I've been writing about it since 1994, when I published my first article in Military History Magazine.
I was a professional musician for many years before I became a teacher. I've also worked with students of varying abilities and ethnic backgrounds.
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