Learning another language is a creative and analytical process. We embark on a journey of self exploration and growth and create new opportunities for our lives through communication with others.
I love learning languages because they are my communicative connection to interaction with individuals from other societies and cultures. I am fluent in French through my academic studies and Japanese from the seven years that I spent in Japan. Although I had to follow pedagogical guidelines, when teaching French to undergraduates or high school students, I always tailored my lesson plans to fit the unique personality and character of my students. Learning grammar requires attention to detail and is an analytical endeavor but there is always to room to incorporate creative content within the margins. Language is like art; first you learn the form and then you can move into the abstract by applying your own specific signature to the process. It has to be a fun and dynamic engagement.
I taught French to undergraduates, as a teaching assistant, while pursuing my B.A. and M.A. Degrees at Purdue University. During the 2015-2016 Academic Year, I was responsible for French Language Instruction and Curriculum Development, Grades 9-12, at Bishop Machebeuf High School in Denver, CO. I have also worked as a French Interpreter; most recently during Summer 2018 for a Japanese Client. I have also worked as an interpreter between Japanese/US Managers in the automotive industry.
- M.A. Comparative Literature, Purdue University 1990
- B.A. French Language and Literature, Purdue University 1985