NACFLA Journal: Volume 17 Spring 2016

“This volume is of interest because it seeks to go beyond the received wisdom that religion had little to do with the work of this alienated Jew. The review helps the reader negotiate the essays which take up well known works such as The Castle and The Trial and find religious themes and theological import in both.”

1. Volume 17 Spring 2016

NACFLA Journal: Volume 16 Spring 2015

“In summary, this volume is a unique and worthwhile resource for both Christian and non-Christians in the fields of applied linguistics an second language pedagogy, as it can no only broaden the reader’s understanding of the relationship between Christian faith and second language learning but also as a springboard for future research in this area.”

  1.  Volume 16 Spring 2015
NACFLA Journal: Volume 15 Spring 2014

One of the most powerful ways to move toward intercultural understanding and solidarity is through the direct interpersonal exchage of words in an intercultural setting.

NACFLA Journal: Volume 14 Spring 2013

All of these articles evoke the unique situation i wich a Christian world language teacher is privileged to work: shaped by oour deepest beliefs, engaged in intercultural dialogue and learning walking aloside our students, discerning and serving the Kindom.

NACFLA Journal: Volume 7 Spring 2006

Most readers of this journal are probably familiar with the volume The Gift of the Stranger: Faith, Hospitality and Foreign Language Learning  that I coauthored with Barbara Carvill. This is no great boast; the literature on faith and language learning is small enough that anyone interested in the topic is likely to have picked it up it regardless of its merits or weaknesses. Even so, the response to the book, recently published in Russian translation, has been gratifying. It has also at certain moments been troubling. In what follows I would like to voice a caution and a corrective concerning the way in which some of the book’s central themes appear to have been received

  1. Editorial: The Gift of the Stranger Revisited, David Smith.
  2. Shalom, Not Bigotry: Orthopraxis as Response to Karl Gutzkow’s Wally, die Zwelflerin.
  3. Visions as Illness and Inspiration: Young Estelle L’Hardy and Sister Anne- Catherine Emmerich in works of Doctor Antoine Despine And Poet Clemens Brentano, Joanne M. McKeown, Moravian College.
  4. The Personal Narrative Journal in the Christian Foreign Language Classroom, Galen Yorba- Gray, Point Loma Nazarene University.
  5. World War II Meets French  331: Using Au revour les enfoants to Discuss Religion, Ethics, and Values, Laura Dennis – Bay, University of the Cumberlands.
  6. Bulgaria’s Response to the Holocaust as Portrayed in T. Todorov´s La Fragilite du bien, Sarah Nova, Azusa PAcific University.
  7. Coral Gardens and Classroom Ecology, David I Smith, Calvin College.
  8. Reviews, James D. Wilkins, Lee University.
NACFLA Journal: Volume 6 Spring 2005

Study of the interface between Christian belief and education in foreign languages and literatures requires attention to relevant developments not only in disciplines such as literary studies or applied linguistics, but also in theology. Theological reflection on cultural difference and relationships between cultures, while far from being the only relevant theological discussion, is particularly pertinent. A recent work that deserves the attention of scholars concerned with Christianity and education in foreign languages and literatures is the recent collection of essays by prominent missiologist Andrew Walls published under the title The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis/Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2002).

  1. Editorial, Crose- Cultural Learning and Christian History, David I. Smith
  2. Preparing Students to Encounter the Other: Mario Vargas Llosas’s Lituma en los Andes, Phyllis Mitchell, Wheaton College.
  3. God, Art, and Suffering in Dios no nos quiere contentos, Dianne Zandstra, Calvin College.
  4. Teaching French Film in a christian Context Cedric Klapisch´s Un Air de famille, Jolene Vos- Camy, Calvin College.
  5. Argentina is Delty and Juan domingo Peron its High Priest: THE POLITICS IS RELIGION Metaphor.
  6. Text- based vs. Thematic/ Theological Activities for the FL Classroom: Finding the Right Fit, Jennifer Beatson, Gordon College.
  7. Scripture, Speech Acts and Language Classes, DAvid I. Smith, Calvin College.
  8. Singing into the Wind: Uses and Abuses of “Christian” Songs in oy Foerign Language Classes, Lindy Scott Wheaton College.
  9. Scripture in the Foreign Language Classroom, Colonial Spanish American Literature, Dwight Ten Huisen, Calvin College.
  10. Attentiveness, Hernan J. De Vries Jr, Calvin College.
  11. Falth and Pedagogy in the Literature Classroom: Points of Departure, Cynthia Slagter & Dianne Zandstra, Calvin College.
  12. Reviews, Marilyn Berlin Calvin College.
  13. Reviews Marilyn Berlin Calvin College.
  14. Reviews Marilyn Berlin Calvin College.
NACFLA Journal: Volume 5 Spring 2004

Excerpt from editorial: It is the day of Pentecost. An assorted group of followers of a recently executed Messiah – one of a series of such figures to emerge in recent times in turbulent Judea, but this time rumored to have risen from the dead – are assembled in a house in Jerusalem. They have never read the New Testament, for not a word of it is yet written. They don’t yet know one of the most familiar stories of the Christian Scriptures, or how they will become part of it. They have been given no detailed expectations as to what will happen next. When they asked Jesus, immediately before he was taken from them, about whether the kingdom was about to be restored to Israel, his response was: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.”

  1. Letter From the Editor, Pentecost, Perplexity and Language learning, David Smith.
  2. Language as a Liberal Art, David L. Weeks, Azisa Pacific University.
  3. The Future as Eschatological Presence in Juan de Mena’s Laberinto de Fortuna, Galen B. Yorba- Gray, Vanguard University.
  4. Reading Signs of Mystery in Flaubert´s “Herodias”, Leonard Marsh, Le Moyne College.
  5. Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda and the Politics of Religion: Gender Construction and the Nineteenth – Century Devotional Manual, Sandi Wightman, Bethel College.
  6. FORUM: engaging Culture: Guiding Students to Reflect on Cross- Cultural Experience, Cynthia Slagter, Calvin College.
  7. Defining the Purpose and Mission Behind Core Language Courses, Jennifer BEatson, Gordon College.
  8. Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities: A Christian Imperative, Irene Brouwer Konyndyk, Calvin College.
  9. Reviews, Herman J. De Vries, Jr., Calvin College.
NACFLA Journal: Volume 4 Spring 2003
NACFLA Journal: Volume 2 Spring 2001

“As NACFLA celebrates its 10th annual conference this year by returning to Wheaton College where the first annual conference took place (the previous year an organizational meeting was held at Palm Beach Atlantic College, West Palm Beach, FL), it is almost inevitable that we look back at our past in order to get a clearer view of our future…”

  1. Letter from the Editor, Phyllis Mitchell, Wheaton College.
  2. Babel, Pentecost, Glossalia and Philoxenia: No language is Foreign to God, Calvin Seerveld, Institute for Christian Studies.
  3. The Spiritual Quest in the Novels of Marguerite Duras, Kelsey L. Haskett, Trinity Western University.
  4. The Desconstruction of the Traditional Macho Image in Allende, Silvia Garzia Edwards, Malone College.
  5. Chac and Maximon: Perspectives on Religious Syncretism, Marilyn Bierling, Calvin College.