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Professor of Spanish and
Are you interested in:
- Experiencing language immersion, beginning in your first semester.
- Thriving in a holistic learning experiences that includes physical activity.
- Gaining exposure to accents from around the world.
- Becoming an engaged member of a cooperative learning environment.
Join the Super Spanish
You will enroll in two semesters (8 credits) of Beginning Spanish in the Fall semester.
Intensive learning experiences often lead to better long-term retention of material, and juggling fewer courses can help you save "mental bandwidth." This course is designed to help you start your college career with focus, a sense of purpose and fun.
You will work with your language almost 3 hours per day in structured learning activities plus complete outside assignments. Beyond developing basic and culturally-appropriate skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, you will also leave with knowledge about some communities where the language is spoken, ideas on how to connect the language to other disciplines, and a basic critical understanding of linguistic and cultural differences. After one semester, you can anticipate enrolling in intermediate-level Spanish courses.
Take classes with students for whom Spanish is their native language or have advanced learning. These students will join you inside and outside the classroom in simulated "real life" situations and other learning activities. You will also teach and learn from classmates through projects you design according to the connections you want to make between Spanish and your other interests.
Special note: Expect to enroll in just 2 other 3-5 credit academic courses in the fall. Your adviser will help you plan a balanced schedule that includes Super Spanish.
Weekly Walking in Spanish for General Education Credit
As part of the required learning activities, you will spend a couple of hours a week walking, learning and talking in Spanish. Kinesthetic learning is when a learner uses her body to express thoughts, ideas and concepts.
Walking is all about experiencing yourself in Spanish and in the real world around you. You will learn to use your physical body to focus your mind, let go of expectations and learn to interact differently with your instructor and classmates. And all the while, doing it in Spanish and earning a .5 AWPE (Wellness) credit for it!
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Associate Professor of Geology
Professor of Japanese Studies; Director of Japan Study and Japanese Studies
East Asia and the Pacific Northwest: Managing the Risk of Earthquakes and Tsunami
The risk of a tsunami in the U.S. Pacific Northwest is very similar to the situation in Northern Japan in the days before the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. But the two societies approach this risk in different ways.
In the Risk and the Environment program, students will explore the differences — geological, governmental and cultural — that result in different mitigation structures. By examining policy, financial and engineering barriers to resiliency, students will assess what can be done to improve the way both costal communities manage risk. They also will become more aware of the complexity of developing responses to environmental challenges faced by those societies.
Resiliency (ri-ˈzil-yən-sē), the capacity for societies to cope with changes (natural or anthropogenic) to the environment.
- GEOS 211 PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
(4 credits) This course could be taken Spring Semester.
- JAPN 101 BASIC JAPANESE I (5 credits)
- EARLHAM SEMINAR I (4 credits) Any section can be selected.
- AN ELECTIVE COURSE
- JAPN 102 BASIC JAPANESE II
(5 credits) A continuation of Basic Japanese I.
- GEOS 240 RISK MANAGEMENT (3 credits)
- JPNS 240 JAPANESE CULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT (3 credits)
- EARLHAM SEMINAR II (4 credits) Any section can be selected.
Research Course: Travel to Pacific Northwest and Northern Japan (4 credits)
The Learning Community students will come together again at the end of the sophomore year for a three-week research trip to the Tohoku coast of Japan and to the outer coast of the Pacific Northwest. Students will test their ideas during explorations of the natural environment, dialogue with local community members, and meetings with government officials.
Henry Luce Foundation
This program is supported by a grant by the Henry Luce Foundation.