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Latin and English (Foreign Language) Lessons in Loanhead

I am a Taiwanese who base in Edinburgh. Before I moved back to Scotland this June, I was a doctoral student at the University of Chicago in Greek and Latin. I have a BA degree in history from National Taiwan University (2006). After I spent a year studying Greek and Latin at Trinity College Dublin (2005-6), I gained a post-baccalaureate certificate in Greek and Latin from Columbia University in the City of New York (2008) and then a MPhil in Latin from the University of St. Andrews in 2011. Afterwards, I spent three years pursuing PhD research on Greek and Latin at the University of Chicago. At the present, I am writing stories based on Chinese/Taiwanese diaspora in America and editing the Chinese Classical poems I have written and published since I left Taiwan. Moreover, I am exploring the world of photography. When it comes to Latin, I am currently reading Statius, Tibullus, and Seneca because I believe learning Latin is a life-long career that requires one’s enthusiasm and dedication.

Tutoring Experience

I have been learning Latin for more than a decade, at National Taiwan University, Trinity College Dublin, Columbia University, the University of St. Andrews and the University of Chicago. I have TAed and taught Latin in Taiwan and the States. During this period, I have helped Cambridge University Press to translate Cambridge Latin Course series into Chinese Mandarin. During my stay in Chicago (2011-13), I also helped young people who have learning and reading difficulty. Now I teach at Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taipei every summer.

Tutoring Approach

Apart from solving the problems of your school work, we will do more exercise, such as unseen translation and English-Latin translation, to find out your weak and strong points. The exercise will help me prepare materials that will help you memorise syntax, vocabulary, and grammar. Grammar can be very boring and put down students’ interest in Latin. However, learning through reading interesting, alien, and exotic stories will enhance students’ motivation to look into the Roman Antiquity. Reading will also more effectively shed lights on the parts of grammar and syntax we need to make up. Moreover, I will show you how to master speech recognition tactics in order to develop a stronger reading comprehension. I believe in the end of this course, we will have a better understand of Latin as a language and Latin literature as a whole.

English as second language
I have been learning English since I was fifteen. I have overcome many difficulties, such as taking language exams, living in foreign lands, and doing academic works. I will share those experience with you. This tutoring will focus on the various needs and interests of individual students. You may bring the materials that interest you. We also can look into big books, newspapers or stories covering your the stories of your country. We can also look into websites which offer wonderful resources for people whose first language is not English, such as BBC. By reading, listening and discussing together, I will help you find out your weak points and we will start from there.

LanguagesChinese, English (British), French, Italian, Latin
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File


The University of Chicago2014DoctorateGreek and Latin
The University of St. Andrews2011MastersLatin
Columbia University2009MastersGreek and Latin
National Taiwan University2006BachelorsHistory (summa cum laude)

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