Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim

Penny’s involvement with Weiter geht’s! includes work with the overall curricular design and Lernbuch content.

Why I’m involved in Auf geht’s! and Weiter geht’s!

When Lee and David invited me out for dinner to explain their grand ideas for revolutionizing language teaching in the university context, I said ‘yes.’ Many years later, I’m still up to my eyeballs in Auf geht’s!, which means I’ve gotten to help shape the project and our intercultural approach to language learning, as well as choose content and develop print activities. I’m not by nature a subversive person, but Auf geht’s! and Weiter gehts! is my chance to change how we teach foreign languages, to get us to look at why we do what we do in the classroom, as homework, and in our assessment and curriculum planning.

I earned my MA in German literature and my Ph.D. in applied German-English linguistics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1995). I then taught German language and culture and Applied Linguistics courses for three years at Brown University before returning to the Midwest. In addition to teaching at the big state U, the Ivy Leagues and the small liberal arts colleges, I’ve directed multi-section TA programs and an ESL summer language camp in Germany.