Dr. Mark Himmelein to Present at LINC Luncheon

January 24, 2014

Dr. Mark Himmelein, professor of German and department chair of foreign language at the University of Mount Union, will be the featured LINC luncheon series speaker on Tuesday, April 29 in the Hoover-Price Campus Center on Mount Union’s campus.

Himmelein will present, “More than Nouns and Verbs: Teaching Culture through Language,” which will reveal how learning foreign languages has changed profoundly in recent years.

According to Himmelein, the approach of learning a language through memorization of rules and repetition of phrases has not appealed to many generations of Americans, resulting in scarcity of foreign language speakers in government and private industries.

“The number of American school children and university-educated professionals who are multi-lingual and genuinely interculturally competent pales when compared to other industrialized nations,” Himmelein said.

Himmelein believes that effect foreign language education emphasizes culture and intercultural competence through language.

“Culture-based language instruction teaches students not only the language, but also intercultural competencies which enable the learner to deal more effectively with their own and other cultures,” Himmelein said.

Himmelein graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in German and business administration. He then received a Master’s degree in German and educational administration at the University of Pittsburgh and went on to earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree in foreign language education at the University of Akron. Himmelein has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 1995.

LINC (lunch, information, networking and conversation) was created to take advantage of the local expertise from Mount Union’s faculty and staff that exist in Alliance in light of Mount Union’s exceptional academic reputation.

The cost for each lunch is $10. Payment is accepted at the door. Lunch begins at noon, the program will begin at 12:20 p.m. and the event will conclude by 1 p.m.

For more information or to make reservations, contact The Regula Center at (330) 823-5993 or regulacenter@mountunion.edu.

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