Teaching at the University of Hawai'i
At the University of Hawai'i, I have taught five semesters of LING 102: Introduction to the Study of Language, an introductory linguistics course. This is a writing intensive course in which writing training is a large part of the curriculum. Through this medium I aim to encourage students to appreciate linguistic and cultural diversity while challenging them to think critically about connections between their academic knowledge and the world around them.
I have also served as a teaching assistant for LING 102: Introduction to the Study of Language, LING 105: Language Endangerment, and LING 150: The Languages of the Pacific. These are self-paced courses in which teaching assistants help students one-on-one with course materials, grade assignments, and administer tests.
Language Documentation Training
Training at the University of Hawai'i
I have directed much of my teaching energy towards language documentation training. Through such training, I aim to raise awareness about language endangerment among native speakers of endangered languages and teach them techniques for documenting their own language. Much of this work has been completed in conjunction with the Language Documentation Training Center (LDTC). As co-director of LDTC for two years, I organized a workshop series each semester which consisted of 8 weekly workshops on topics ranging from general theoretical information, equipment use, and linguistic analysis. I have taught workshops on video documentation techniques, audio documentation, language endangerment and ethics, phonology and orthography, and archiving and metadata.
Training in Indonesia
In 2018, I helped lead a workshop in Kupang, Indonesia in conjunction with Universitas Kristen Artha Wacana and Universiteit Leiden. This was a week-long workshop that taught language documentation ethics, techniques, and data processing to participants that spoke over a dozen regional languages. In addition to classroom training, we also led groups on 3-day field practicums to gain hands-on experience documenting endangered languages in the East Nusa Tenggara region.
As co-director of LDTC, I created a Facebook Live Workshop series for language documentation training in collaboration with the Endangered Languages Project (ELP) in 2019. We have successfully conducted two workshop series with a total of 16 workshops, and the resulting Facebook group is now a language documentation resource for about 2,000 people from all over the world. This is the first time a language documentation training has been conducted in this medium, and we believe it will be a valuable platform to build on for future training.