Why study a Foreign Language?
Because there are so many benefits of foreign language learning according to ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) : https://www.actfl.org/advocacy/what-the-research-shows#attitudes
• It supports academic achievement.
• It provides cognitive benefits to students
• It helps learn about other cultures
Improves analytical skills
Increases problem-solving skills
Improves grades in Math and English
Enhances listening skills and memory
Improves marketable skills and opportunities
Allows a better understanding of the world and one’s own culture
Offers a sense of the past
Creates positive attitudes
Staves of Alzheimer’s and dementia
And yet more reasons!
“To have another language is to possess a second soul” (Avoir une autre langue, c'est posséder une deuxième âme.) Charlemagne. (742-814) Holy Roman Emperor.
“A different language is a different vision of life.” (Una lingua diversa è una diversa visione della vita.) Federico Fellini (1920-1993) Italian film director.
“For every language that becomes extinct, an image of man disappears”. (Con cada lengua que se extingue se borra una imagen del hombre.) Octavio Paz (1914-1998) Nobel Prize for Literature.
I’m passionate about language learning. My PhD is in Modern Languages from The Catholic University of America, my MA from The American University, and my BA from Franklin & Marshall College. I have taught at universities, colleges, and high schools in the US and overseas and led study abroad trips. Besides teaching languages, I teach literature, film, history, and philosophy. Before moving to Vermont, I was Director of the Language Academy at East Carolina University (ECU), where I was also on the faculty of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program. As Vice President of an international management consultant company, I traveled extensively and worked with clients such as The World Bank, US Agency for International Development, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. I have a working knowledge of several other foreign languages, and I believe that anyone can learn a language at any age.
In my spare time, I compose and sing troubadour songs, go hiking in the Pyrenees every year, and cook medieval feasts.
See video Trail of the Troubadours here:
I also teach at Dartmouth Osher and The Learning Lab in Woodstock. Fun jobs include taking tourists on horseback trails in the mountains of Lesotho in southern Africa and being an archaeological tour guide for jeep safaris in Turkey. I have two sons and a new grandson.