Open Source Education

Open Source Education is an idea that I came up with a few years ago as part of an English class at BYU.  It was a Shakespeare class and the professor was very into digital media and social media and new technologies in the classroom.  Instead of writing a research paper that would only ever get read … Continue reading Open Source Education

Linguistics Fun and Teaching

I have been using some of my free time lately to go back over the capstone paper that I wrote for my undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University.  My degree is in German Linguistics, and the paper was titled, Using Explicit Linguistic Instruction to Improve the Teaching of German as a Foreign Language, sounds fun, … Continue reading Linguistics Fun and Teaching

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

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

German Humor

There was a recent poll taken with some very interesting results.  Germany is now officially the least funny country.   Why is that?  What is it about Germans or German culture that makes the rest of the world regard them as unfunny?   I have found some German comedians on YouTube and elsewhere that I … Continue reading German Humor

Wilhelm Shakespeare – Shakespeare in Germany

William Shakespeare is loved the world over, but nowhere near as much as in Germany.  From some simple Google searches on Shakespeare and Germany, I have learned that the oldest Shakespeare Society in the world is German: Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft, founded in 1864, English acting troops brought the Bard to Germany in the early 1700s with performances translated … Continue reading Wilhelm Shakespeare – Shakespeare in Germany

German and the Gospel

    It's another Mormon Monday, and this time I want to talk a bit about German.  I have studied German for a long time, and I have studied the Gospel for even longer.   I have long wondered what German can teach me about the Gospel.  It's not like the Gospel is different in … Continue reading German and the Gospel

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?

Why do we learn foreign languages, or Justification for my job

I found a couple of very interesting articles the other day about language learning, and more specifically, Latin learning.  I have always been fascinated by Latin, and wished I could have learned it in school, so I was drawn to this article that said teaching Latin in school can inspire students to want to learn … Continue reading Why do we learn foreign languages, or Justification for my job

On Turning 25, or What to do as I get older

I have a birthday next week.  No, this isn't a subtle reminder or cheap ploy to get presents, it's a cause for introspection and reflection.  Because this isn't just another birthday, this one's 25.  Yup, a quarter century, for all that means.  I am now in my mid-twenties, halfway to thirty, I am quickly becoming … Continue reading On Turning 25, or What to do as I get older