By Yoken, Melvin B.; Rassias, John
Breakthrough: Essays and Vignettes in Honor of John A. Rassias celebrates an exceptional educator who has revolutionized the paintings of studying languages. John A. Rassias’ approach breaks down the obstacles and inhibitions humans have in studying one other language. In his forty-plus years of training, he has touched and reworked many lives. This publication features a own interview with Rassias; a list of his existence accomplishments; a piece of writing by way of Rassias; and scholarly essays on his approach to educating languages, in addition to scholarly essays on educating languages mostly. a wide component to this e-book comprises own vignettes by way of a few of the humans Rassias has touched as a instructor, mentor, father, uncle, and good friend
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MY: Experience…of your life? JR: Oh, I guess, quite honestly and even entre nous, seeing my students become genuine human beings with deep concerns for others. I think that’s what we pray for as the result of our teaching. Interview lix MY: OK. Let’s discuss your doctorat. What was the subject of your thesis? And where was it done? JR: I did it at Dijon. MY: At Dijon. JR: To begin at the end: as I waited for my jury to come in for the defense of my dissertation, I sat in on the one preceding mine.
Laughter). I spent about an hour doing the draft of a map of France, and was given the lowest possible passing grade. MY: Were you artistic? JR: No, I mean, I was paying off my sentence. CY: How was French taught back then that you hated it? JR: Horribly. CY: Grammar translation? JR: I don’t even remember it, Cindy, it was so bad, all I remember is that I hated it in general and in particular when a man with a French name would come in and talk entirely in French to her and the rest of us, the students, would sit there looking at each other, whoa!
In that way you would have clear margins on either side, and you had to write within the lines—under penalty of death, or of being whacked on the knuckles. I still place a white sheet with lines carefully highlighted under the sheet I write to someone and I always stay within the margins. MY: This is only handwritten letters. JR: Right. MY: Wow, wow. What were your favorite subjects in school? JR: In school, very few; I couldn’t care less. I think the only thing that really stayed with me until this day were the titles of books we read and which I liked.
Breakthrough : essays and vignettes in honor of John A. Rassias by Yoken, Melvin B.; Rassias, John