Teaching

I have had the privilege of serving as instructor for several university courses.

For the Fall 2020 semester, I am teaching Ling 571: Structure of a Language, an in-depth study of all components of the grammar of East Cree. This undergraduate course has a special focus on verbal morphology and (morpho)syntax in Northern East Cree, with as-needed reference to the Southern dialect as well as the closely related language variety Innu. This course also satisfies the capstone requirement for the Linguistics major, where students design and carry out an independent research project.

At the University of Hawaiʻi, I most recently taught LING 420: Morphology. This course is an upper-level approach to various morphological phenomena and issues, which is designed for graduate students and undergraduates strongly interested in linguistics. I have also taught LING 320: General Linguistics, an advanced overview of the tools and methodologies of linguistics. The main goal of this course is to familiarize students with the technical analysis of language, through a survey of major research subfields and approaches throughout linguistics. My teaching experience also includes LING 102: Introduction to the Study of Language, a basic introductory course. Here my teaching focuses on encouraging my students to appreciate linguistic and cultural diversity while challenging them to connect academic knowledge to the world around them, think critically, and expand their worldviews.

Outside of Hawaiʻi, I have taught INT-D 318: Technologies for Endangered Language Documentation, as part of the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute (CILLDI) at the University of Alberta. This course introduces audio and video recording technology to speakers and learners of Canada’s Indigenous languages. Here I focus on acquainting students with software and hardware tools, helping them to overcome anxieties related to technology, and empowering them to create, edit, and transcribe their own recordings of their language to produce community-oriented language resources.

See my CV for more details on my experience, and contact me if you’d like to see a syllabus or one of my in-class presentations.