Hans Peter Vonsteinhauer

Dr. Hans Peter Vonsteinhauer

Part-time Faculty, Spanish

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Biography

Philosophy of Education 

To be human means to communicate using spoken language. I have traveled to many foreign countries and therefore have experienced first-hand the value of being proficient in other languages. Expert teachers have strong content knowledge and a passion about the language of instruction. My teaching philosophy stresses authenticity, teaching students about customs in other cultures as well as by providing meaningful, relevant information that learners can apply in a real-world setting. Through focusing on practical vocabulary words and expressions that the students are likely to use when communicating with native speakers as well as encouraging them to develop a near-native articulation, my students are better able to take the language skills they have acquired in the classroom and make use of them in a community setting. 

Expert teachers create a positive learning environment where learners feel comfortable and eager to absorb new material. The teacher should be a positive role model and should encourage diversity and the acceptance of differences. It is important that educators be conscious of the fact that students learn more from their teacher than simply the subject matter being taught. 

Students should be challenged to do their best work and should be taught slightly above their current level of ability. However, they should not be pushed beyond their capabilities, but should be encouraged to obtain their individual best levels of achievement.

It is the responsibility of teachers to prepare the students of today for the ever competitive and changing world of tomorrow. The ability to communicate proficiently and effectively in another language and through the lens of another culture gives the student a practical advantage over those who do not have this expertise.

Education

Doctorate – linguistics – UNAM
Master's – Spanish – University of Southern Mississippi
Master's – curriculum and instruction – Lincoln University
Bachelor's – psychology – Columbia University
Bachelor's – German – Wilkes University

Professional Affiliations

  • AATSP
  • AATG