It's with pleasure that I introduce a dear colleague from the University of Central Arkansas, Dr. Dwight Langston, Associate Professor of German. Dwight and I comprised the entire German Department for several years at UCA, and we made quite a team teaching German language and culture to our students.
I taught the first two levels, German I and II, while Dwight led the upper level classes. We also sponsored the German student organization, which met twice a month, with one meeting focused on culture and the other on language proficiency. Field trips took us to Hot Springs for a German dinner and Altus to visit the wine region, and we exchanged visits with a local private college, Hendrix, for movies and poetry readings.
Dwight loves to translate and analyze German. We would often find ourselves discussing the minute and arcane complexities of German syntax and word origin. Ask Dwight to trace the history of a word, and you are in for a linguistic ride of your life.
Several weeks ago, Dwight sent me a translation of a Bio Poem I wrote to model an assignment for one of my classes in the fall semester of 2008. What a surprise and delight, Dwight’s translation — and no small undertaking either.
Bio poem assignments are one of my favorite lessons for students in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the University of Arkansas. Dwight's "ausgezeichnete Übersetzung" (outstanding translation) adds to the body of work we’ve developed for this flexible and popular lesson. You can find links to Bio Poems assignments at the bottom of this page.
You also can read more about Dwight and his interests on his webpage at the University of Central Arkansas:
Vielen Dank, lieber Dwight!
Freddie Elizabeth Alexander Bowles
Deren Muttersprache Wurzel in der germanischen
Die ihre Karriere als Lehrerin in Helena, Arkansas,
The English Language Version
Whose first language has roots in the Germanic family
Who began her teaching career in Helena, Arkansas
Bio Poem Links
Planet Gnosis is managed by Dr. Freddie A. Bowles,
Assistant Professor of Foreign Language Education
in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction,
the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Planet Gnosis is dedicated to the exploration of education and teaching.
It is a subsite of CornDancer,
a developmental website for the mind and spirit.
Submissions are invited.