My teaching is guided by the following principles: (1) keep on learning; (2) stay flexible and individualize instruction; (3) reach beyond the classroom walls. I use these principles both in undergraduate as well as graduate teaching (above you see an example of my GRM 420 students and I working with language analysis using iPads).
- Keep on learning: It is my goal to engage with my students in the learning process. Through my teaching experience and reflections on my teaching I become a more effective teacher; through my students I can learn new skills and knowledge; and my engagement in teaching informs my perspective as I conduct and review research within my field which in turn allows me to be more knowledgeable for my students and a more effective teacher. Similarly, I also assist my students in becoming engaged and lifelong learners. Learning is a lifelong process and it is therefore key that I provide my students with the tools to continue learning.
- Stay flexible and individualize instruction: No matter what or who we teach, students in any group and in any context will always have a variety of past experiences, a diverse skill set, and a plethora of learning goals. Therefore, I attempt to individualize the instruction as much as possible by building flexibility into each assignment and classroom activities.
- Reach beyond the classroom walls: Our students come to us with their own experiences, life situations, and expectations. As a teacher, I focus on the whole student by taking their situation into account and also by teaching them more than just the topic for the class. Additionally, I try to assist students in achieving not just the course goals but also broader learning goals and also their own career and personal goals.
The three principles that guide my teaching have been heavily influenced by the school mottos of the institutions at which I taught: (1) Portland State University’s “Let knowledge serve the city; ” (2) University of Arizona’s “learner-centered research university; “ and (3) Michigan State University’s “Advancing knowledge. Transforming lives.”
I have taught courses at traditional universities and non-traditional institutions, including: an immersion program, community language classes, workplace classes, and a community college. My courses have been designed for technology-enhanced, blended, and online delivery formats. Here is a list of courses I have most recently taught (for a complete list of courses taught and workshops and outreach activities consult my CV):
- GRM 201/202: Second Year German
- GRM 420: Advanced German
Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy
- LLT 841: Technology and Language Teaching
- Course Handbook: 2017-spring-llt-841-handbook
- GRM 815: Theory and Practice of Teaching Culture
- Course Handbook: spring-2015-grm-815-course-handbook