Conference Presentation, take two: On German Linguistics

Last October I had an opportunity to present a paper at BYU's conference on Literature and Belief.  That was my first experience in academia, presenting at a conference, being a real scholar.   Next week I have the chance to do it again. The Utah Foreign Language Association (UFLA) conference is being held at Utah … Continue reading Conference Presentation, take two: On German Linguistics

Mormons and Language Learning

I remember an experience I had in my High School German class.  There were some recruiters from the Army Language School that came and gave a presentation to the foreign language classes at my high school, trying to encourage us to learn a foreign language and show us the benefit and possible careers we could … Continue reading Mormons and Language Learning

The sad decline of foreign language programs

I read a very sad news article today.  Well, sad only to linguists and Germanophiles like me, probably.  The Saddleback Valley Unified School District in California has become the latest in a long list of school districts to seriously cut back their foreign language program, eliminating their German program completely. The article states, "According to … Continue reading The sad decline of foreign language programs

Why, How, Details. The order and process of teaching.

I have talked before about working for a tech support organization and about KCS (Knowledge Centered Support).  For the last two years with this company I have been a trainer in charge of developing, maintaining, and giving trainings.  It has been a lot of fun and has been one of the biggest factors in helping me … Continue reading Why, How, Details. The order and process of teaching.

Errors and correction, or What is the purpose of a classroom?

Students make mistakes.  That is the purpose of school, to allow students to make mistakes and be corrected so that they can learn how to do things properly.  But correction is a very delicate thing.  If you correct too much you become the tyrannical dictator of a teacher who expects students to be perfect and … Continue reading Errors and correction, or What is the purpose of a classroom?

Homework, or The necessary evil and why it doesn’t have to be

Homework is such a loaded word, often sending people into apoplectic shock with the memory of school assignments too difficult or numerous to complete.  As students we all dread homework; it becomes just one more way in which school tries to encroach upon our personal life, taking time away from all of the fun things … Continue reading Homework, or The necessary evil and why it doesn’t have to be

Textbooks: What I like, and what I wish could be

I have been thinking a lot about how to improve the Foreign Language classroom.  I don't, as of yet, have any practical experience teaching in a high school, but I have observed quite a few different classrooms and have put some thoughts together, combining other interests of mine: namely Web 2.o and the possibilities that … Continue reading Textbooks: What I like, and what I wish could be