Marcie J. Pyper


Education

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

Biography

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 Research and Presentations

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).

Conference presentations:

  • “Living the Dream: Designing an Elementary Field Experience to Match Pedagogical Goals,” Ninth International Conference on Language Teacher Education, 16 May 2015, Minneapolis, MN.

  • “Shifting the Paradigm for Christian World Language Teaching: Learning from the Past, Working Together for the Future” North American Christian Foreign Language Association. Biola University, La Mirada, CA, March 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).

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