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I have been studying Classics in one form or another since I was 18, and my love for these courses remains almost a decade later! I have received a 1st class honours degree in Classical Studies and am currently taking a part-time Master's degree in Classics at Birmingham University. Alongside my knowledge of Classics, I also have a strong interest in Mesopotamian and Egyptian history and have taken courses in Egyptian Hieroglyphics and Sumerian. I have a great deal of passion for working with children and adults alike, to kindle the same enthusiasm for the ancient world that I possess, and to educate people in these brilliant subjects. I have been perfecting my Latin for 8 years now, and I intend to take the PGCE course in Classics within the next year.
As well as tutoring privately, I have worked extensively with secondary school students as a teaching assistant across all subjects, including Latin within the curriculum and after school. I have covered lessons and taught small groups outside of their classes, as well as given extra tutoring in French and German to a specific student. I have also worked voluntarily in a primary school, working in groups and individually, and I have co-taught Latin via the Minimus course to children at Key Stage 2. Finally, I have taught students at the University of Birmingham's annual Classics Summer School for the past 2 years, and hope to be able to continue this in the future.
I believe that in order to learn a language, reinforcement of grammar and vocabulary is vital, so I will pepper my teaching with frequent tests and translation homework - I feel this is crucial for increasing a student's confidence in their abilities, as it allows them to see their improvement on a regular basis. Whilst teaching Latin, I will point out linguistic roots to English words and contextualise the text we are translating, to broaden the student's understanding and to foster interest in the text itself.
Whilst teaching Classical Civilisation, similar approaches apply! Whether we're studying a tragedy, comedy or the Ara Pacis, cultural and social context are vital to an understanding of the subject.
Most importantly, I believe that a student should be able to really enjoy what they are learning and to have a positive experience that leaves them happy with what they are getting from the lesson. The student is the most important person in the room, and I am more than willing to adapt my teaching style to better suit them.
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