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Middle Tennessee State Univerisity
My name is Nathan. I am a 2010 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a B.A. in English literature and a minor in linguistics. In addition, I have studied Classical Latin at advanced levels, and have maintained a high degree of proficiency in the language. Because of my study of English literature, I can help students analyze texts, from simple reading comprehension up to and including advanced literary and rhetorical devices, and help them learn how to write about literature. My study of linguistics has yielded me skills in a diversity of topics related to language, including phonics, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary, as well as acquainting me with the mechanics of the learning process itself. I have a lot to offer any student seeking help in these subjects, and consider the chance to help a privilege. My name is Nathan. I am a 2010 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a B.A. in English literature and a minor in linguistics. In addition, I have studied Classical … Read more
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In high school, I studied Latin at the Advanced Placement level. In college, I took a refresher course at the intermediate level, and still maintain an intermediate to advanced level of proficiency in the language. My skills will be most helpful to first and second year Latin students.
In college, I minored in linguistics. Of all the areas of linguistics I studied, phonetics was my favorite. I am very familiar with the mechanics of how the throat and mouth make phonetic sounds, how these sounds are learned, and how they are represented in both the International Phonetic Alphabet and in actual languages. I am also well versed in the history of English pronunciation, allowing me to explain the origin and current pronunciation of any sound in the language, as well as explain why a student might hear a word or sound pronounced in varied ways by different people.
Let's be honest. English spelling can be a nightmare. It seems inconsistent at best, and at times, truly random. However, the confusion caused by our convoluted spelling system can be clarified by understanding how English spelling came to be as it is. The problem is not that the English spelling system is inconsistent, but that there are actually two spelling systems in English, one derived from Latin, the other derived from Greek via French. These spelling systems are internally consistent, but cause confusion when they clash. I am familiar with the spelling conventions of Old English, Latin, and French, which will allow me to help students navigate the intertwined spelling systems and see the patterns in the language for themselves.
Along with my education in English literature and linguistics, I have studied Classical Latin and Old English, the two languages which supply the majority of our modern vocabulary. As such, much of my life has been spent with my nose in dictionaries, giving me a broad vocabulary and the skills necessary to determine the meaning and origin of new words when I encounter them. The key to learning vocabulary is not to memorize what words mean, but to learn why they mean what they do. I consider the application of this key to be one of my specialties.