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In over 30 years of teaching, I have had as my students college faculty, soldiers, journalists, prison inmates, refugees, an assortment of immigrants from all over the world, future musicians and actors, American and international college students. Though I have been trained as an ESL generalist, I have spent close to twenty years teaching college writing, mostly to international students. Here, at Indiana University, I am slowly inching my way, even if only in my own mind, toward the status of a national hero in China. In an average year, over 200 hundred Chinese students pass through my Academic Literacy Development classes. When I occasionally step back from grading and preparing for classes, I realize that it has been an amazing learning experience for me as well.
In addition to teaching, my other passions are Yiddish literature as a paradigmatic minor literature and reading, writing, and translating poetry. Two recent translation projects have been translating the poems of Emily Dickinson and Richard Wilbur into Polish.
The learning of second and foreign languages is a rich and fascinating process involving linguistic, psychological, cultural, and social dimensions. The Indiana University Department of Second Language Studies is dedicated to teaching and research on the structure, acquisition, and use of nonnative language in both instructed and contact contexts.