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Faculty: Irene Brouwer Konyndyk

Irene Brouwer Konyndyk, Assistant Professor Emerita

Phone: 616-526-6366
Fax: 616-526-8583
ikony@calvin.edu
Office: Commons 303

Office hours

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Educational background

  • M.A. Michigan State University 1973

Additional information

Irene Brouwer Konyndyk's major area of teaching and scholarship is foreign language learning and learning disabilities. She is a specialist in this area and has spent the past 16 years researching and developing a pedagogical approach which helps all students be successful at second language learning.  Her methodology, which can be used in any language and at any level of instruction, incorporates multisensory and structured teaching, has a large metacognitive component, and includes a number of other best practices.
A recognized expert, who has done presentations at state, national and international conferences, she has just finished a book called:  Foreign Languages for Everyone:  How I Learned to Teach Second Languages to Students with Learning Disabilities (Edenridge Press, 2011:  http://www.edenridgepress.com/new-books-edenridge-press/.) The book serves as a much-needed resource for teachers at all levels who wonder how to meet the needs of struggling students in their world language classrooms. 
She has set up a website where many free resources are available: www.foreignlanguagesforeveryone.com
She is also available to do workshops (half day or full day) for schools and other organizations.  Her workshops focus on:  “Languages for Everyone:  Meeting the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities in a World Language Classroom.” 

This summer from July 16-20 she is leading a graduate workshop for educators called IDIS 602 "Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities Who Struggle to Learn World Languages." (2 semester hours of graduate credit). This workshop will help world language instructors (in all languages and at all levels) learn how to teach a second language to students who struggle due to learning disabilities or other issues. During the week-long workshop, participants will discover how to incorporate strategies into their teaching practice which are multisensory, structured, and have a strong metacognitive component. Here is the link for more information:
http://www.calvin.edu/academic/graduate_studies/courses/summer2012calendar.html