Whether you are here merely out of interest, or because you need to learn a language for professional reasons, or because you are already studying and just need a hand with the relentless grammatical jargon, you have come to the right place! I can teach, or tutor to help you through another course, online or in person.
My teaching style is very open and adaptable – the benefit of one-to-one learning. Many people shy away from learning ancient languages because they imagine it to be impossible, or because they’ve had a bad experience with a teacher who simply recited grammar at them without worrying about different people’s learning styles. This sort of bad education is unfortunately rife in university settings, where lecturers are often more focused on their own research than on teaching and communicating clearly. However, in my case, I enjoy teaching, enjoy the subject, and will do everything I can to help you learn – no matter what level you’re at, or how much time it takes. Remember, you’re paying me to teach you, and it’s in my best interests to make sure you stay interested, and keep feeling as though you really are learning useful things (which hopefully will be the case!).
Consequently, I always teach as slowly as necessary, maintaining a willingness to repeat things and find new ways of communicating difficult concepts. I use handouts and memory aids that I design, and I always pay attention to how much you are learning, pausing frequently to ask whether you understand, or whether I should repeat what I’ve just said in a different way. Having been through the learning process myself, I know how frustrating it can be when the teacher spouts a list of grammatical words that you vaguely recall hearing before, but they just don’t match up and mean something as easily as you wish. Don’t worry; you can ask me to slow down and repeat myself. Learning ancient languages is a very specific and often very challenging thing, so I do what I can to make it as painless as possible.
Lessons are officially only sixty minutes long, but I always make sure to leave ninety minutes in case more time is needed. It usually takes thirty to forty-five minutes to go through the lesson, and then I allow time to remain online while you go through some exercises. This highlights any difficulties you might be having, so that I can help you to feel more confident when approaching the rest of the exercises independently. There are ten to fifteen exercises to be done independently each week; and if you don’t do your homework, there’s no punishment other than the natural implications of a slower learning process!
We can either arrange a regular time each week to Skype, or, more commonly, arrange each lesson at the end of the previous one. We could also use any other online video-chat service, or, if you live in London, England, potentially even meet in person. Other possibilities in London include teaching groups of people, such as if a church or a school would like me to come in and do a few sessions. I have taught Greek in several churches now, and even gone through six semesters of Greek with a church in North London, where my class has now turned into a reading group, and are currently nearing the end of Mark’s Gospel.
You may have realised by now that my main focus is on New Testament Greek, but I can also teach Classical Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Introductory Latin. I have less experience with the latter three languages, but I have taught them all at some point without difficulty. I could also be helpful as a tutor if you are enrolled in a course and need some extra help. If you have any questions about this please ask. As you have read, I can be quite flexible with nearly all aspects of my teaching. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.