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Faculty: Barbara Carvill

Barbara CarvillBarbara Carvill, Professor Emerita

616-526-6365
carv@calvin.edu

Educational background

  • B.A. University of Freiburg, Germany
  • University of Hamburg, Germany (Staatsexamen in German and French)
  • Ph. D. University of Toronto, Canada

Academic interests

  • German literature of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries
  • Foreign language methodology and pedagogy from a Christian perspective
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Elementary, intermediate, and advanced German language
  • German Interim Abroad

Recent activities

Books
  • Der verführte Leser: Johann Karl August Musäus' Romane und Romankritiken. Canadian Studies in German Language and Literature 31, New York: Lang (1985).
  • Listen and Speak: A Methodology Handbook for Chinese English Teachers (co-authered with Helen Westra) ELIC (1993) (2nd. rev. ed. 1994).
  • Teaching Notes, a Supplement to Listen and Speak. (co-authered with Helen Westra) ELIC, (1993,1994).
  • The Gift of the Stranger: Faith, Hospitality and Foreign Language Learning (co-authored with David I. Smith), Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.
Articles
  • 'Die Christenheit oder Europa: eine Predigt.' Seminar, Journal for Germanic Studies XII (1976): 73-88.
  • 'Johann Karl August Musäus' in Schriftsteller im Portrait, 2nd ed. Beck: München, (1980): 134-135.
  • 'Iser the Exegete', Dialogue, (1980), 10-11.
  • 'Hommage à Cézanne: The Blind News Vendor in Rilke's Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge.' in Rilke and the Visual Arts, ed.Frank Baron, Coronado Press (1982): 61-72.
  • 'Internationalizing the Curriculum in the Foreign Languages.' in Internationalizing the Curriculum, The Christian College Consortium (1987): 123-130.
  • 'Johann Karl August Musäus' in Deutsche Dichter, Reclam Verlag, vol. 3 (1988): 294-299
  • . 'Musäus, Johann Karl August' in Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol 97 (1990): 213-127.
  • 'Karl Wilhelm Rabener', in Dictionary of Literary Biography, 97 (1990): 227-217.
  • 'Foreign Language Education: A Christian Calling.' Christian Educators Journal, 30(3) (1991): 28-29.
  • 'Teaching Culture from a Christian Perspective: Is it Any Different?' NAACFLLF Proceedings Journal, 1 (1991): 13-18. Reprinted in Language in God's World. (Eastwood, Nottingham U K.) 9 (1993): 5-9.
  • 'Against Guessing: Some Observations on Recent Reading Strategies in Foreign Language Education' NAACFLLF Proceedings Journal 2 (1992): 113-119. Reprinted in Language in God's World 14, 3-8.
  • 'Schwierigkeiten beim Prozess der deutschen Vereinigung' (co-othered with Edward Weintraut) in Die Veränderungen in Deutschland. Landeskundliche Materialien. Goethe Institut Atlanta and AATG (1993): 48-90.
  • 'Grammar in Foreign Language Instruction' in: New Trends: An Advanced Reader for ESL- Methodology in China, ed. Carolyn Dirksen, ELIC (1994): 54-61.
  • 'Wounded by the Father: Father-Daughter Relationships in Some Recent Texts by German Women Writers.' NAACFLLF Proceedings Journal 4 (1994): 141-158.
  • 'Presidential Address.' Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 3 (2002):76-83.
Book Reviews
  • Dieter Saalmann, Ein Würfelwurf ins Absolute in: Modern Austrian Literature, 10, (1977).
  • Horst Günther (ed), Insel Almanach auf das Jahr 1981. Karl Philipp Moritz. Wer ist das? in: Lessing Yearbook, XIII (1982).
  • Marvin Bragg, From Gottsched to Goethe: changes in the social Function of the Poet and Poetry. in: Lessing Yearbook XXI (1986).
  • Helmut Pfotenhauer, Literarische Anthropologie: Selbstbiographien und ihre Geschichte. in: Lessing Yearbook, XIX (1990).
  • Andreas Lixl-Purcell, Stimmen eines Jahrhunderts 1888-1990: Deutsche Autobiographien etc. in Modern Language Journal, 77 (1993): 116-117.
  • Jürgen Weidmann's Unterrichtsmodelle für Deutsch als Fremdsprache, München: Max Hueber, 1992 in Modern Language Journal, 77 (1993): 552.
  • Gernot Häublein et al. MEMO: Wortschatz- und Fertigkeitstraining zum Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache, und MEMO:Lernwortschatz Deutsch-Englisch, Berlin: Langenscheidt, 1995 in Modern Language Journal, 80 (1996): 419.

Additional information

  • A native of Germany, she took her degrees at the universities of Freiburg and Hamburg in the Federal Republic, at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and at the University of Toronto. She taught French at Trinity College, Deerfield, Illinois, Latin, French and German at the Toronto District Christian High School, and she began teaching German at Calvin College in 1978. She is a curriculum consultant for The English Language Institute (ELI), and she has served as the president of the North American Christian Foreign Language Association (NACFLA).