Breakthrough: Essays and Vignettes in Honor of John A. Rassias

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Melvin B. Yoken
Peter Lang, 2007 - Literary Collections - 279 pages
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Breakthrough: Essays and Vignettes in Honor of John A. Rassias celebrates an outstanding educator who has revolutionized the art of learning languages. John A. Rassias' method breaks down the barriers and inhibitions people have in learning another language. In his forty-plus years of teaching, he has touched and transformed many lives. This book includes a personal interview with Rassias; a listing of his life accomplishments; an article by Rassias; and scholarly essays on his method of teaching languages, as well as scholarly essays on teaching languages in general. A large portion of this book consists of personal vignettes by some of the people Rassias has touched as a teacher, mentor, father, uncle, and friend.

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Contents

Preface
xiii
Foreword
xix
Letter to Helene Rassias
xxv
Copyright

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The Editor: Mel B. Yoken is Chancellor Professor of French at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where he has taught since 1966. He received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, his M.A.T. from Brown University, and his Ph.D. under the Five College Cooperation Program conducted by Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts. Yoken specializes in the study of French and Quebec literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has published eight books (including this volume), as well as many articles, reviews, and poetic translations in journals and scholarly periodicals. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards from the French Academy, the French government, the New York State Foreign Language Association, and MaFLA (Massachusetts Foreign Language Association). He is Director of the Boivin Center of French Language and Culture at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and an honorary life member of AATF (American Association Teachers of French).

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