UGA Course – Bob Patrick

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  1. Sounds fantastic!
    Bob is our phd guy in the Plc, right? I need to take the GRE this summer so that I can complete my application and begin doctoral studies in the spring

  2. Go for it, Chris! I’ve told Ben this privately, but I continue to be gently surprised at how those letters after my name open some doors, and often I think it’s just funny. My PhD is in Latin and Classical studies, not linguistics or education or second language acquisition. I gained a lot of knowledge about my language specialty through my PhD, and I don’t regret the time and work for a minute. But, all that I know about second language acquisition I have gathered and learned on my on and in league with others like all of you here. But, PhD is what opened the door to “will you teach a class for us”.

    So, go do it. Like it or not, that’s how that part of the game is played. Something became clear to me two weeks ago while teaching a CI workshop to a group of local Latin teachers (who were, btw, very enthusiastic). Knowing grammar and linguistic theory, philology and literary history/analysis are all extremely important for me, the teacher in the room, to know and use as I do what I do. They are not important for me to even mention to beginners and intermediates in this language I am teaching them. But, they do help me, as the one doing CI, make decisions. They help me as a CI teacher know when I’m seeing the natural order, for example, happening in front of me. Knowing the grammar of the language, and not knowing what the natural order for Latin acquisition is, it’s HUGE when I observe that–gee, for the last few days, the kids seem to suddenly be waking up to, using, communicating with the ablative case (or whatever structure). Wow. They are acquiring this because they are ready. THEN, because I know the grammar so well, I can shift what I’m doing to feed what they are now ready for. They never (as beginners and intermediates) need to hear me say a word about “the ablative case”.

    All that to say: it never hurts US as the CI instructor to know more and deeper our respective languages. That knowledge about then becomes something I use within myself as I make decisions as a CI teacher.

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