Marcie J. Pyper


Education

  • BA Calvin College
  • MA Michigan State University 
  • PhD Michigan State University

About/bio

Spanish-speaking countries visited

Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Honduras, Dominican Republic; Puerto Rico (U.S. territory)

Academic interests

  • World language teacher education including second language acquisition, methodology, and curriculum development
  • Language learning in study abroad programs
  • Motivation in second language learning
  • Integration of moral and spiritual values in second language learning
Recent activities

Conference presentations:

  • "Keys to Successful Language Learning during Study Abroad," Foreign Language Forum lecture at Calvin College with C. Slagter, 19 November 2015.
  • “Living the Dream: Designing an Elementary Field Experience to Match Pedagogical Goals,” Ninth International Conference on Language Teacher Education, 16 May 2015, Minneapolis, MN.
  • “SIOP: What is it? Why is it important?  EDUC 307 class, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.  September 16, 2014; February 10 and 11, 2015; September 15, 2015.
  • “Oral Proficiency: Moving Your Students from Novice to Intermediate to Advanced,” Christian Educator’s Association annual meeting.  Century Center, South Bend, IN.  25 October 2013 (with C. Slagter).
  • “Challenges to Spiritual Identity and Expression during Study Abroad Programs” (with C. Slagter) at the 23rd Annual NACFLA Conference, Covenant College, March 23-25, 2013. 

Publications:

  • Pyper, Marcie J. & Cynthia Slagter. (2015).  Competing priorities: Student perceptions of helps and hindrances to language acquisition during study abroad.  Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad Volume XXVI, Fall 2015.
  • Pyper, Marcie J. & Cynthia Slagter. (2013). “Spiritual Engagement and Study Abroad: Student Perspectives.”  In Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages, 14 (Spring 2013).
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Research and scholarship

Cultural engagement and language acquisition Calvin's Spanish study abroad programs

Student Brianne Dekker worked with Professors Marcie Pyper and Cynthia Slagter in the summer of 2013 on the continuation of their study on cultural engagement and language acquisition in the Spanish study abroad programs.

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