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As a graduate student, I taught Latin at the university level, and taught high school English at the International School of Islamabad for nine years. In my subsequent career as a U.S. diplomat, I taught colleagues how to research and report on political topics, how to speak effectively in public, and how to monitor elections, riots, treason trials and other political events.
At the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, Moldova, I trained and fielded teams of Embassy volunteers in eight elections. I also taught at universities: a semester course on U.S. Diplomatic History at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and guest lectures on the history and dialects of English at three different universities in Chisinau.
My teaching methods involve two crucial roles: the Sage on the Stage, who gives the student materials with which to be creative, and the Guide by the Side, who elicits creative responses from the student. The student will learn a great deal, and be able to use what is learned. This involves hard work, but great rewards.
As a diplomat, I worked for 19 years with locally engaged staff, all of whom (Pakistanis, Romanians, and Moldovans) had English as a second language. I gave my staff formal presentations on English grammar, etymology, vocabulary and idioms, and made weekly notes on their written work to help improve it. As a student of Latin, and speaker of French and Romanian, I was well qualified to give guidance on the comparative foundations and developments of English and of Romanian (which my staff spoke in both Romania and Moldova).
I love Latin and what CS Lewis called the "great roaring machine of Latin rhetoric." Having started studying the language when I was 12, I have a feel for its culture and cadences, and a full understanding of its syntactical complexities. I can break all of these factors down to their simplest essentials, and take the student from amo, amas, amat to making the best possible translations of subjunctive passive verbs. Students enjoy gaining inside knowledge about how things work, and enjoy their time with me as they analyze and reassemble this great language.
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