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Ancient Literature

Teacher: Valerie Smith (Portland)

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Ancient Literature

Course description:

Are you reading a Classical book, play or symposium that you do not understand? I can help you read the classic in a new way that will help you with your class and with your future assignments with in-depth analyses and contextual clues that give you historical, cultural and political understanding.

Teaching approach:

By taking passages out of your current text we will discuss analogies and symbolism that shed light on the author's meaning as well as connections to current events to give you a contactual understanding of what you are reading. This will help you with how you read all literature as well as movies and music that you hear.

Course program:

As a toturing seminar the program is based on your schedule and when and where you can meet. We can have multiple sessions in one week if you have exams coming up, or we can meet once a month to prepare you for papers and book clubs.

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1 student:USD $25.00*
2 students:USD $18.00 per student*
3+ students:USD $12.00 per student*
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In person: 60, 90, 120, 180 minutes

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Valerie Smith

City / Country of origin: San Diego, CA

Mother language: English

Spoken languages: English


I am a native English Speaker and have studied the ancient languages of Greek and Latin. I am a recent college graduate from SDSU and am heading out to Thailand to teach English there after years of intense grammar and syntax studies. I can also tutor in Humanities, specifically Anthropology and Ancient Cultures


A B.A. in Classical Humanities, ie. Ancient Greece and Rome history, politics, philosophy, language, geography, and literature. I received my degree from San Diego State University in May of 2014. Certified TESOL by Oxford University Seminars in the 100 hour training course.


I am new to teaching but have plenty of material for all ages, from children to adults from my TESOL Classes. In humanities I have given many teaching seminars at my school and am well trained to be a tutor after being a TA for a humanities professor at SDSU.

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