I offer one-on-one online tutorials in Latin; English grammar and composition; classical logic and rhetoric; and world literature. Tutorials are available for students age 13 and up, including adults, and are taught from a secular and inclusive perspective.
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My approach to Latin instruction emphasizes the development of fluent reading skills through comprehensible input, extensive reading, and the active use of spoken Latin. My preferred text is Hans Ørberg’s Lingua latina per se illustrata. In my experience, Ørberg’s text, when studied in conjunction with the exercises in the Exercitia Latina workbook and supported by conversational Latin, offers the best preparation for reading Latin literature of any available program.
To get the most from their Latin studies, students should be familiar with the basics of English grammar: the parts of speech; subject-verb agreement and verb tenses; direct and indirect objects; prepositions and prepositional phrases. Students who do not have the necessary background may complete a short series of focused English grammar tutorials (see below) before beginning their Latin studies.
I Speak Latin, my fully scripted conversational Latin program, was developed to prepare students in grades 3-6 for Ørberg.
English Grammar and Composition
I teach writing across the curriculum with a focus on the academic essay. I work closely with homeschooling parents to integrate writing instruction with their existing literature, history, and science curricula. All students learn or review English grammar, mechanics, usage, and sentence-level composition as a foundation for strong writing skills. Exercises in paragraph construction lead to a variety of essay forms, including personal, expository, and persuasive essays.
Logic and Rhetoric
Tutorials in classical logic and rhetoric are available for high school students and adults who already have a strong background in English grammar and in writing at the sentence and paragraph levels. Students should be very comfortable with the conventions of standard written English.
I teach logic in the context of rhetoric, as part of the “available means of persuasion.” Students learn how to recognize logical fallacies and how to structure and arrange valid arguments. Rhetorical studies include in-depth exploration of ethos, pathos, logos, and kairos as well as the five canons, common topics, and rhetorical figures. Students analyze traditional and contemporary examples of oratory and persuasive writing to uncover the rhetorical strategies at work in them. This background provides excellent models for imitation and inspiration. I particularly enjoy working with students on writing projects related to their personal interests, and I specialize in finding engaging entry points into the study of rhetoric that bring the subject to life for 21st-century students.
World literature tutorials consist of guided readings of classic texts from the ancient, medieval, and modern periods. I take a “slow reading” approach that allows students to engage deeply with the text, exploring its language and assumptions in cultural and historical context. My special areas of interest and expertise include ancient epic, world mythology and folktales, and English and German literature from the medieval period on.
My Teaching Approach
I use evidence-based teaching methods, which include both traditional and innovative approaches. My first concern is always to teach in ways that are developmentally appropriate and suited to the needs of the individual student. As the parent of a 2e (twice-exceptional) child, I understand the importance of flexibility and compassion in teaching, and I work closely with my students and their parents to meet their shared goals.
What People Are Saying
“His manner of teaching was very interactive and discussion-based, and it was very motivating to learn with him. I would highly recommend him as a tutor.” – Student
“He’s highly knowledgeable on all that he teaches and would be an asset to anyone looking to explore literature and ancient cultures in more depth.” – Student
“His strength is his lovely, kind, gentle personality that makes one feel like one is learning something really worthwhile and that one is part of a great tradition. […] His assignments were challenging, but not overly so. My children could do their weekly assignments without help from me, and that included writing papers using a very clever format that he explained to them.” – Parent
“I like his teaching style because he isn’t just talking; it’s a conversation, but I feel like I’m learning a lot. He’s kind, and he makes complicated things easy to understand.” – Student
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