14 February 2017 - Teaching assistantship: These languages were here first
9 January 2017 - Teaching assistantship: Introduction to Phonology
23 March 2016 - Teaching assistantship: The syntax of English
March 2015 - Teaching: Field Methods Workshop
15 January 2015 - Teaching assistantship: African American Vernacular English
Field Methods Workshop
In 2015, Bonnie Krejci and I led an unofficial 10-week Field Methods workshop on Czech. Our ten students successfully elicited incredible data for phonetic, morphological, syntactic and semantic analysis.
Promoting Awareness of Language Endangerment & Linguistic Diversity
The general public is fascinated by linguistic diversity and shocked by the rates at which languages are disappearing. I give invited lectures to general audiences about these complex issues and highlight steps that anyone can take to get involved in language preservation.
Foreign Language & Literature
I majored in French literature and minored in Arabic and Russian languages at American University. This experience gave me the skills to tutor Arabic, French and Russian in the states and tutor English in Russia.
Teaching that Inspires Me
set high expectations
Naomi taught me my first linguistics class in 2010 called Language Fights. I will never forget our first class when Professor Baron told us candidly that she expected each of us to make a meaningful contribution to the class and to come prepared each week to lead a discussion on complex issues related to the spread and death of languages. She mandated office hours, tirelessly critiqued paper proposals until we each had a suitable research plan and exercised our critical thinking skills in every class. Her fearless standards showed us that she truly cared about and believed in our learning, and the class rose to the occasion. I hope that my teaching can empower my students to excel, just like Professor Baron's did.
I first met Nick at the 2011 LSA Institute in Boulder, CO. He was the Ken Hale professor teaching the Field Methods course. Professor Evans took a big risk during our class. Instead of inviting a speaker from one of the dozens of languages that he has worked on, Nick invited Wasang Baiio, an Idi speaker, to co-teach the class. At the time, Idi was undocumented and unwritten! By choosing a language that he himself didn't know, he was able to effectively model for the class how to begin documentation of an unknown language. Classes were unpredictable (just like fieldwork!) but because Nick took this risk, the class learned an extremely important skill from one of the most talented fieldworkers in linguistics.
When Kevin walked into our phonetics class, you could feel how much he was looking forward to teaching us about fricatives. Even before he had us testing the length, strength and echoability of our /f/s, /v/s, /s/s and /z/s, the class was abuzz with excitement. From the second Professor McGowan opened his mouth, we could tell - Kevin loved phonetics and he loved teaching. We were all on the edges of our seats. Not only did his enthusiastic teaching style help me remember the articulatory and acoustic properties of fricatives, Kevin's passion for learning and teaching inspired me to approach my own work with the same vigor every day. I hope that I can communicate how much I love what I do in a way that inspires my students to love what they do too.