Language study for me is much more than a sterile academic exercise. Every new language is the doorway to myriad potential new connections with new people in a wonderfully novel nation. I grew up in the bi-lingual community of Frankenmuth, Michigan. I have earned a BA in German, Latin and English as well as an MA in Medieval Studies (focusing heavily on language and literature). I lived in Germany for six months. I continue to be active in German activities in Frankenmuth, such as being a member of our Sister-City committee and a member of the St. Lorenz Lutheran Church's German Worship committee. I maintain regular contact with my many friends in Germany.
I love language study. I have taken college courses in German, Middle High German (Universitaet Bayreuth), Latin, Ancient Greek, French, Old English and Middle English. I am currently teaching myself Italian. Most importantly I have a healthy amount of teaching experience: Graduate teaching assistant in German at Michigan State University, part-time Latin instructor at Western Michigan University, Latin and German instructor at Gulliver Prep School (Miami, FL), adjunct faculty member in German at Saginaw Valley State university, as well as many positions as a private tutor in German and English as a Second Language. My fundamental approach to language study is student focused: I always try to tailor my lessons to the student's personal interest. I have both the enthusiasm for learning languages and the experience with teaching languages. These are the qualities that I would seek in an instructor if I were to engage in any academic pursuit.
Language study is literally a hobby for me. Aided by my Latin scholarship, I have been teaching myself Italian for the past few years. Clear communication, in the student's register, is a passion of mine. I enjoy finding the best medium to provide each student with effective mnemonic strategies. I find grammar scintillating; I know, however, that a large percentage of human beings do not. I enjoy finding the best way of explaining the arcane rules of grammar, as well as the joys of vocabulary acquisition.
I have studied every period of the English language: Old English (including having studied a substantial portion of "Beowulf" in Old English, Middle English/Chaucer, Renaissance-era literature, Shakespeare and modern literature. Just as importantly, I have studied Latin, Ancient Greek, French and German; these four languages are the sources of probably more than 99% of modern English vocabulary. I have tutored many students in English: Engineers from Mexico, France and South Korea, an 8-year-old girl from Germany, a German who needed to improve his English for professional reasons and others.
I love learning languages. I enjoy working with people. I am wholeheartedly committed to effective communication; I gauge my success on the student's success. Language study for me is much more than a sterile academic exercise. Every new language is the doorway to myriad potential new connections with new people in a wonderfully novel nation. I grew up in the bi-lingual community of Frankenmuth, Michigan. I have earned a BA in German, Latin and English as well as an MA in Medieval Studies (focusing
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