Larry Kramer

With a BA in English and TEFL/TESOL certification, Larry has over twenty-five years experience teaching adolescents and adults in brick and mortar classrooms and online, and in both the corporate and civil service fields.
Larry’s diverse subjects of instruction have included literature, academic and creative writing, reading, U.S. and world history, academic coaching, lesson planning, infant care, small animal husbandry, securities, and unclaimed property management.

Despite this eclectic milieu, Larry has a deep love of the humanities, particularly literature and history; he’s especially fond of Gothic, 19th century and Edwardian authors, and the Roman/Byzantine, medieval and Enlightenment eras. Too, he appreciates sharing “hidden history”—strange and obscure but interesting information off the beaten path. Beyond his professional background, Larry has also homeschooled his two daughters for the past decade, and continues to individually tutor middle school students in English and history.

Prior to settling in Lisbon, Portugal, Larry and his family spent six years traveling the world, and to date have visited 45 countries. A dedicated lifelong learner, he’s also not afraid to admit being a HUGE Star Trek, Star Wars and superhero geek. Larry’s friendly, casual and non-judgmental personality is perfect for those seeking a more attentive and personal approach for their learning experience.

Teaching Philosophy & Approach

My educational philosophy and methodology involves "Socratic flexibility"—probing student knowledge bases, insights, and observations through frequent questions, and helping to expand their comprehension by utilizing modes beyond basic rote learning. I also employ an interdisciplinary approach when teaching; it's not just about analyzing a poem, it's also about delving into the events, culture and life experiences affecting the author. Learning about and teaching the humanities isn't just names and dates; it must also include all the disciplines: art, music, philosophy, science...the things that define what it means to be human. Most of all, I want to learn just as much from my students as they hopefully learn from me.

“I employ an interdisciplinary approach when teaching.”
Teaching Level:
  • Middle
  • High School
Teaching Type:
  • Tutoring
  • Learning Coach
  • Full-Semester Classes
  • Full-Year Classes
  • Partial Year Classes (Mini Courses)
Teaching Subjects:
  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Comprehension and Grammar
  • U.S. History
  • World History
  • Classics

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Courses that Larry Kramer Teaches

  • 12th Grade English
    This course is an intensive introduction to advanced literary study.…
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  • Middle School English Language Arts
    Online Middle School English Course This online English course for…
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