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Colette van Kerckvoorde

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Colette van Kerckvoorde
Division Head in Languages and Literature
German and French
Division: Languages and Literature
Appointment: 1987

Liebowitz Center for International Studies
413-528-7232
colette@simons-rock.edu

 

 

Education:

Kandidate in de Germaanse Filologie, Katholieke Universiteit te Brussel
Licentiate in de Germaanse Filologie, Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven
MA, German, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
PhD, German, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Dissertation: A Descriptive Grammar of Jan Yperman's Cyrurgie.

Professional History:

Teaching Assistant, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Language Laboratory Assistant, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Areas of Interest:

Historical linguistics with special emphasis on German and French • Old English • Applied Linguistics • The German language as used in Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, South Tyrol, East Belgium, and Liechtenstein • The French language as used in Quebec and Belgium

Publications/Book Chapters/Exhibitions/Performances:

Publications
  • An Introduction to Middle Dutch. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1993.
  • A Descriptive Grammar of Jan Yperman's Cyrurgie. New York: Lang, 1994.
  • "Adopting a Pluricentric Approach" in Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013.
Book Reviews
  • Numerous book reviews for professional journals, including Language, Die Unterrichtspraxis, and Germanic Notes and Reviews.
Conference Papers
  • 2010: "Hubert von Goisern und die Neue Volksmusik." American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • 2011: "German as a Pluricentric Language." Northeast Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • 2012: "How about a D-A-CH-Approach?" Northeast Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • 2012: "More than Germany: Including Switzerland and Austria in the Classroom" American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • 2013: "Focus on Austria" American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • 2013: "Fostering Listening Comprehension of Standard Austrian German" American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • 2014: "A New Ethnolect: Kiezdeutsch" Northeast Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • Upcoming November 2014: "The Sound of Music: Stereotypes, Myths, and Reality" American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Awards/Grants:

  • Recipient of numerous Faculty Development Fund Grants at Bard College at Simon's Rock
  • Österreichischer Austauschdienst (1985, declined)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (1991)
  • Goethe-Institut (2007 and 2014)
  • Austrian Federal Ministry (2009 and 2012)
  • European Recovery Program (2011)
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) (2011)

Other Activities:

  • I serve as the current Director of Writing and Thinking Workshop for incoming First-Year students.
  • I am an avid runner. I have completed more than fifty marathons, as well as several ultramarathons and triathlons.