Marcie Pyper

Academic interests
  • A study of teacher education as it pertains to second language acquisition, methodology of second language teaching, curriculum development, and teacher training
  • Motivation in second language learning
  • Integration of moral and spiritual values in second language learning
Recent activities

Conference presentations:

  • "Oral Proficiency: Moving Your Students from Novice to Intermediate to Advanced," Christian Educator's Association Conference, South Bend, IN, October 2013.
  • Marcie J. Pyper and Cynthia Slagter, "Spiritual Engagement and Study Abroad: Student Perspectives," Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 14 (Spring 2013).
  • "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.
  • "Cultural and Spiritual Engagement during Study Abroad Programs" (with C. Slagter) at the 22nd Annual NACFLA Conference, Westmount College, March 22-24, 2012.

Publications:

  • Pyper, Marcie J. & Cynthia Slagter. (2013). "Spiritual Engagement and Study Abroad: Student Perspectives." In Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages, 14 (Spring 2013).
  • Pyper, Marcie J. & Cynthia Slagter. (2010). "Study Guide for Learning from the Stranger." The Kuyers Institute, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. Available here.
  • Pyper, Marcie J. & Cynthia Slagter. (2010). "Recontextualizing content using autobiographical video." In The Language Educator, 5 (February 2010), 58-60.
Hobbies

Photography, knitting.

Spanish-speaking countries visited

Puerto Rico, Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Honduras, Dominican Republic

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Education

  • BA Calvin College
  • MA Michigan State University 1985
  • PhD Michigan State University 2005

Research and scholarship

Dr. Bebej's current research focuses on the transition from foot-powered to tail-powered swimming in the earliest fossil cetaceans.

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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