About The Teaching of Language
About the Author: Rod Hinn
I am the author of the articles, the creator of the content, and the host of the podcasts. I’m originally from a small town called Trumbull, Connecticut, but after moved out of this town for graduate school, work, and just to experience life in general. I have lived in California for a few years, first for graduate school at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Then, I moved down to Southern California to teach in a public higher education institution (CSUF).
My main pursuits are teaching and languages.
I love teaching. I enjoy working with my learners right in class, sitting with them, and doing the activities that I planned with them, because if I’m not engaged in my own class, I’m not going to dare assume that they are engaged.
I enjoy crafting learning tasks, adjusting them, testing them out, and that whole cycle. I’m even masochistic enough to enjoy it when my class falls apart right in front of my eyes because I planned a lesson poorly, or the learners’ moods don’t match what I might have planned for the session. Ask some of my former learners, and they’ll tell you stories of how I randomly bursted out laughing in class after I realize that things weren't going the way I had envisioned it.
I love languages. I currently am actively trying to improve six languages: Khmer, English, French, Spanish, German, and Japanese (listed in the order I have started using them). These languages are ones that I can use at more than a conversational level and that I currently practice on a daily basis.
I also have dabbled in a few other languages: Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Thai and Korean. I have recently decided to start learning Chinese and Vietnamese again, but we’ll see how long that lasts.
Right now, I live in Osaka, Japan. I teach at various educational institutions, I conduct cooking lessons in Southeast Asian cooking, I train teachers individually, and I work on my website.
The Teaching of Language is dedicated to the discussion and dissemination of good ideas related to language teaching. We try to accomplish this in these ways:
- We release articles with ideas that teachers can use and apply right away.
- We release podcasts where language professionals share their experiences, knowledge, and skills.
- We release material and content illustrating techniques and approaches that teachers can implement to improve their craft.
We do not offer a collection of learning or teaching material that may or may not fit the needs of your learners – you won’t find worksheets on teaching the present perfect, graphic organizers for games, pre-made lessons, etc. Instead, we work on developing teacher’s skills in choosing, adapting, and creating material to implement in lessons based on the needs of their population. There are plenty of sites with material for your respective languages and situations.
We usually release new podcast episodes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday, we release our articles.