"A native of the United Kingdom, I have also studied in Canada and taught in Germany. Before moving to Calvin I worked as a researcher and teacher educator at the Stapleford Centre (www.stapleford-centre.org), a Christian educational institute in Nottingham, UK. There I was involved in an extensive curriculum project which produced, among other things, foreign language course materials designed to encourage the moral and spiritual development of learners. I have taught German, French and Russian in high schools in the UK, and served for a time on the executive committee of the Values Education Council of the United Kingdom. I currently serve as an editor of both the Journal of Education and Christian Belief and the Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages."
- B.A. University of Oxford, UK (Honors)
- P.G.C.E. University of Nottingham, UK
- M. Phil. F. Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, Canada
- Ph.D. Institute of Education, University of London, UK
- (Dissertation: Modern language pedagogy, spiritual development and Christian faith: A study of their interrelationships)
- GERM-302 - German Culture & Intercultural Studies
- GERM-395 - German Lit & the Reading Self
- IDIS-357 - Intro to Secondary World Lang Pedagogy
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- Foreign language pedagogy, particularly in relation to moral and spiritual development and Christian philosophy of education.
- The role of metaphor in Christian educational discourse.
- The thought of John Amos Comenius, the 17th century educator.
- Elementary and intermediate German language
- German literature of the 19th and 20th centuries
- Foreign language methodology
- German Interim Abroad
Graduate Studies in Education
David Smith has an international reputation as a thinker and practitioner at the intersection of faith and teaching. He began his career teaching French, German, and Russian in public secondary schools in the United Kingdom, where he became fascinated by the question of how our beliefs, values, and commitments can shape and guide our approaches to teaching and learning. After graduate work in philosophical theology, philosophy of education, and curriculum studies he moved to Calvin College, where he has received the College’s Award for Innovative Teaching. He is the founding Director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning and Director of Graduate Studies in Education. He also serves as the Senior Editor of the Journal of Education and Christian Belief.
His original questions – how does my identity as a Christian affect how I teach? What other values and convictions are implicitly embedded in our actions as teachers? – have continued to guide his work. He has spent more than two decades exploring the implications of rethinking the language classroom in terms of hospitality to strangers and investigating the wider relationship between pedagogy and spiritual and moral formation. In recent years he has traveled widely as a speaker and consultant to schools, universities, and conferences in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. Various of his writings are widely used in teacher education and faculty development contexts, including most recently his co-edited volume on Teaching and Christian Practices and the extensive online resources developed at www.whatiflearning.com.
- Teaching and Christian practices: Reshaping faith and learning. (ed. With James K. A. Smith). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.
- Learning from the Stranger: Christian Faith and Cultural Diversity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans (2009).
- Teaching Spiritually Engaged Reading. (ed. With John Shortt and John Sullivan) Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (2007).
- Making Sense of Spiritual Development in Religious Observance and the Wider Curriculum. (with Alison Farnell) Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (2007).
- Spirituality, Social Justice and Language Learning. (ed. with Terry Osborn) Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, 2007.
- Spirituality, Justice and Pedagogy. (ed. with John Shortt and John Sullivan) Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre, 2006.
- The Bible and the Task of Teaching. Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (2002). (Spanish translation to be published 2009).
- The Spirit of the Foreign Language Classroom. Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (2001).
- Charis Francais, Unités A1-A4. (Charis Modern Languages Writing Team (CMLT)) Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (2000).
- Charis Deutsch, Einheiten A1-A4. (CMLT) Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (2000).
- The Gift of the Stranger: Faith, Hospitality and Foreign Language Learning. (D. Smith and B. Carvill) Grand Rapids: Eerdmans (2000). (Russian translation published 2005)
- Making Sense of Spiritual Development. Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (1999).
- Charis Deutsch, Einheiten 6-10. (CMLT) Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (1998).
- Charis Francais, Unités 6-10. (CMLT) Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (1998).
- Entry Points for Christian Reflection in Education. (P. MacKenzie, A. Farnell, A. Holt and D. Smith) London: CARE for Education (1997).
- Charis Deutsch, Einheiten 1-5. (CMLT) St Albans: ACT (1996).
- Charis Français, Unités 1-5. (CMLT) St Albans: ACT (1996).
- Teaching Modern Languages: A Fresh Approach to the National Curriculum. St Albans: ACT (1994)
- ‘A Working Bibliography: Faith and Language Teaching,’ in Mary Shepard Wong, Carolyn Kristjansson & Zoltan Dornyei, Christian Faith and English Language Teaching and Learning: Research on the Interrelationship of Religion and ELT, London: Routledge, 2012, 235-266.
- ‘Frameworks for Investigating Faith and ESL: A Response to Snow, Lessard-Clouston, and Baurain,’ in Mary Shepard Wong, Carolyn Kristjansson & Zoltan Dornyei, Christian Faith and English Language Teaching and Learning: Research on the Interrelationship of Religion and ELT, London: Routledge, 2012, 154-164.
- ‘Shouting at your Neighbor: Why we Bother with Other People's Languages,’ in Gary Schmidt & Matthew Walhout, Practically Human: College Professors Speak from the Heart of Humanities Education, Grand Rapids: Calvin College Press, 2012, 133-145.
- ‘Reading Practices and Christian Pedagogy: Enacting Charity with texts’ in D. I. Smith & J. K. A. Smith (Eds.), Teaching and Christian practices: Reshaping faith and learning Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011, 43-60.
- ‘Introduction: Practices, faith, and pedagogy’ in D. I. Smith & J. K. A. Smith (Eds.), Teaching and Christian practices: Reshaping faith and learning Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011, 1-23.
- ‘Recruiting students' imaginations: Prospects and pitfalls of practices’ in D. I. Smith & J. K. A. Smith (Eds.), Teaching and Christian practices: Reshaping faith and learning Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011, 211-223.
- ‘Teaching (and Learning from) the White Rose’ in David M. Moss & Terry A. Osborn, Critical Essays on Resistance in Education (Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education) New York: Peter Lang, 2010, 67-82.
- ‘The Spiritual Ecology of Second Language Pedagogy’ in Mary Shepherd Wong and Suresh Canagarajah (eds.), Christian and Critical Language Educators in Dialogue: Pedagogical and Ethical Dilemmas New York: Routledge, 2009, 242-254.
- ‘Biblical Imagery and Educational Imagination: Comenius and the Garden of Delight’ in David Lyle Jeffrey and C. Stephen Evans (eds). The Bible and the University (Scripture and Hermeneutics Series 8) Milton Keynes/Grand Rapids: Paternoster/Zondervan 2007, 188-215.
- ‘Reading, Spiritual Engagement, and the Shape of Teaching’ (with J. Shortt) in D. I. Smith, J. Shortt & J. Sullivan (eds.), Teaching Spiritually Engaged Reading, Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (2007): 5-11.
- ‘Misreading Through the Eyes of Faith: Christian Students’ Reading Strategies as Interlanguage’ in D. I. Smith, J. Shortt & J. Sullivan (eds.), Teaching Spiritually Engaged Reading, Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre (2007): 53-66.
- 'Die Zurücknahme der Schöpfung: Die Theologie des Mordes in Marlen Haushofers Die Wand' in O.Berwald & G. Thuswaldner (eds.) Der untote Gott: Religion und Ästhetik in der deutschen und österreichischen Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts, Köln/Weimar/Wien: Böhlau (2007): 129-143.
- ‘Spirituality and Language Pedagogy: A Survey of Recent Developments’ in D. I. Smith & T. A. Osborn (eds.) Spirituality, Social Justice and Language Learning, Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing (2007): 13-29.
- ‘Moral Agency, Spirituality and the Language Classroom’ in D. I. Smith & T. A. Osborn (eds.) Spirituality, Social Justice and Language Learning, Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing (2007): 33-50.
- ‘Of Log Cabins, Fallen Bishops and Tenacious Parents: (Auto)biographical Narrative and the Spirituality of Language Learning’ (with K. Avila, S. De Young & A. Uyaguari) in D. I. Smith & T. A. Osborn (eds.) Spirituality, Social Justice and Language Learning, Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing (2007): 107-129.
- ‘Dialogue, Spirituality, and Voice: Verburg and Bakhtin on Speaking and Hearing’ in D. I. Smith & T. A. Osborn (eds.) Spirituality, Social Justice and Language Learning, Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing (2007): 155-170.
- ‘Does God dwell in the Detail? How Faith Affects (Language) Teaching Processes.’ In R. Edlin & J. Ireland (eds.) Engaging the Culture: Christians at Work in Education, Blacktown, NSW: NICE (2006): 131-152.
- ‘The Charis Project: Spiritual and Moral Development Across the Curriculum.’ In R. Sutcliffe (ed.), Teaching and Learning about Values: Resources in the Developing Curriculum, London: VEC (2000): 29-36.
- ‘Spirituality and Teaching Methods: Uneasy Bedfellows?’ in R. Best (ed.) Education for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development. London, Continuum (2000):52-67.
- ‘Modern Languages.’ (with S. Dobson) In S. Bigger & E. Brown (eds). Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education: Exploring Values in the Curriculum. London: David Fulton (1999): 98-108.
- ‘Culture, Conflict & Communication: The Troubled Waters of Modern Language Pedagogy.’ In D. Blomberg & I. Lambert (eds.), Reminding: Renewing the Mind in Learning. Sydney: CSAC (1998): 52-76.
- ‘Beyond Yesterday: Facing the Challenge of Educational Change.’ In J. G. Shortt & T. Cooling (eds.), Agenda for Educational Change, Leicester: Apollos (1997): 24-38.
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
- ‘Using music and image to raise spiritual and moral questions in the foreign language classroom: Exploring the Söhne Mannheims,’ (with H. De Vries Jr. & F. C. Roberts), Journal of Education and Christian Belief 15(2), 2011, 163-166.
- ‘Hospitality, Language Pedagogy, and Communities of Practice,’ Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 12, 2011, 29-44.
- ‘On Viewing Learners as Spiritual Beings: Implications for Language Educators’, Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 9, 2008, 34-48.
- 'Coral Gardens and Classroom Ecology', Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 7, Spring 2006, 87-90.
- ‘Technology and Pedagogical Meaning: Lessons from the Language Classroom’, Christian Scholar’s Review 33:4 (2004), 511-526.
- ‘The Poet, the Child and the Blackbird: Aesthetic Reading and Spiritual Development’, International Journal of Children’s Spirituality 9:2 (2004): 143-154.
- ‘Contours of Religion, Scholarship and Higher Education: A Review Essay’, Journal of Education and Christian Belief 7:2 (2003): 157-169.
- 'Spiritual Development in the Language Classroom: Interpreting the National Curriculum,' Language Learning Journal 26 (2002): 36-42.
- 'Incarnation, Education and the Boundaries of Metaphor,' Journal of Christian Education 45:1 (2002): 7-18.
- ‘The Bible and education: Ways of construing the relationship,’ Themelios 26:2 (2001):29-42; reprinted in Journal of Education and Christian Belief 5:2 (2001):119-133.
- ‘Gates Unlocked and Gardens of Delight: Comenius on Piety, Persons and Language Learning,’ Christian Scholar’s Review 30:2(2000): 207-232.
- ‘Metaphor, Scripture and education,’ (with J. Shortt, T. Cooling) Journal of Christian Education 43(1) (2000): 22-28.
- ‘Faith and Method in Foreign Language Pedagogy,’ Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 1 (2000): 7-25.
- ‘Secularism, Religion and Spiritual Development.’ Journal of Beliefs and Values 21:1 (2000):27-38.
- ‘Cross-curricular Spiritual and Moral Development: Reflections on the Charis Project.’ Journal of Christian Education 42:2 (1999):27-34.
- ‘Knowing as Wisdom in Blomberg and Comenius.’ Journal of Education and Christian Belief 2:1 (1998): 27-37.
- ‘In Search of the Whole Person: Critical Reflections on Community Language Learning.’ Journal of Research on Christian Education 6:2 (1997): 159-181.
- ‘Beyond Accord: Can ‘Spiritual Development' Move us Forward?’ Journal of Education and Christian Belief 1:1 (1997): 33-46.
- ‘Communication and Integrity: Moral Development and Modern Languages.’ Language Learning Journal 15 (1997): 31-35.
- ‘What Hope After Babel? Diversity and Community in Gen 11:1-9, Exod 1:1-14, Zeph 3:1-13 and Acts 2:1-13.’ Horizons in Biblical Theology 18:2 (1996):169-191.
- ‘Rediscovering a Heritage: Lull, Bacon and the Aims of Language Teaching.’ Spectrum 28:1 (1996): 9-28.
- ‘Christian Thinking in Education Reconsidered.’ Spectrum 27:1 (1995): 9-24.
- ‘Can Modern Language Teaching Be Christian?’ Spectrum 25:1 (1993): 25-38.
Reviews and Other Articles
- ‘Why learn languages? A call to Christian educational leaders (with L. Scott & T. Van Til Rusthoven), Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages, 12, 2011, 67-78.
- ‘The School, The Wilderness, and the Garden of Delight’, Christian Teachers Journal 16:2, May 2008, 4-7.
- ‘Learning from the Stranger, or Settling for Tourism?’ Christian School Teacher, Spring 2008, 11-13.
- 'How not to bless the nations', Perspectives, December 2005, 6-11.
- ‘Commentary.’ Third Way 22:4 (1999), 20; and 23:9 (2000), 22.
- ‘For Profit, Pleasure and Power? Cultural Diversity and the Mixed Motives of Foreign Language Education.’ Pro Rege 36:4 (1998), 1-13.
- Various editorial articles for the Journal of Education and Christian Belief and the Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages
- Over 20 popular articles on modern language teaching and Christian education
- Over 25 reviews of books in the field of Christian education and language education for various journals, including Journal of Education and Christian Belief, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Calvin Theological Journal, Journal of Christian Education
- Also various popular articles. See, for example, a recent article on foreign language textbooks.
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