By Yoken, Melvin B.; Rassias, John
Breakthrough: Essays and Vignettes in Honor of John A. Rassias celebrates a superb educator who has revolutionized the artwork 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 educating, he has touched and remodeled many lives. This booklet features a own interview with Rassias; a list of his existence accomplishments; a piece of writing by means of Rassias; and scholarly essays on his approach to instructing languages, in addition to scholarly essays on instructing languages usually. a wide part of this ebook contains own vignettes by means of a number of the humans Rassias has touched as a instructor, mentor, father, uncle, and pal
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Gault taught me the joy of memorizing long passages of verse. On the negative side, form sometimes won over substance: you had to show a clean handkerchief to the teacher to be allowed to enter fourth grade classes. In addition, ethnic kids were discriminated against in subtle and sometimes overt ways; school was a place where you were corrected but not touched; corporal punishment was meted out to miscreants and the nurse’s check for lice was humiliating. The war years brought more seriousness to our studies.
Thompson accepted but then casually bowed out at the last minute. When I heard of the crisis, I went to see her and eagerly offered to do the Address. She hesitated, and with an incredulous look in her eyes, asked me if I knew what the Address stood for. I told her that not only did I know what it stood for, but that I already knew it by heart. Her dilemma and my good memory won the day for our gang. Interview xlvii And there were distractions caused by teachers who didn’t seem to care. I’ll never forget seeing Miss Davis come into the class with a mark on her neck right here (shows spot on side of neck), and of course… MY: A hickey?
No, there’s no cause to, you know, to boast of one’s capacity in that area, I think. CY: Did you take any other languages in high school? JR: In high school, I took French and only survived Miss Nocrinn’s class, I think. I was so bad in French; we were doing a book called Sans Famille… CY: Oh, Hector Mal… JR: Whatever. I hated French. She was terrible and I had to find a way to pass the course. ” (Laughter). I spent about an hour doing the draft of a map of France, and was given the lowest possible passing grade.