Teaching

I have always enjoyed teaching as a natural outlet for my engagement in linguistics and languages. Here is a brief statement about my general teaching philosophy.

My teaching interests span a range of topics, including:

  • syntax, morphology, and their interface
  • variation and sociolinguistics
  • fieldwork methodology; under-studied languages
  • Indonesian linguistics
  • writing about language; writing for the sciences

At the University of Pennsylvania I have been the primary instructor for LING 001 – Introduction to Linguistics. I have also been a teaching assistant for Syntax, and recitation instructor for four sections of Intro to Sociolinguistics/Intro to Linguistics.

Prior to graduate studies at Penn, I was a guest lecturer in the English Letters Department of Ma Chung University, where I taught General Linguistics, Modern English Studies, Stylistics, Writing I and Introduction to Sociolinguistics. I also provided consulting and advising at a local language school in Indonesia, and had the opportunity to occasionally teach in Indonesian (which is a second language for me).

Teaching distinctions:

  • Fall 2017 Certificate for University and College Teaching from Penn’s Center for Learning and Teaching (CTL)
  • 2017-2018 CTL Teaching Fellowship (I unfortunately had to decline due to a conflict with another fellowship)
  • 2014 Finalist for the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students (This was especially meaningful to me as the nomination for this award came from undergraduate students in my class.)