Meet Globe-La Crosse’s New Spanish Instructor: Joshua Everett
Originally from Texas and Louisiana, Joshua Everett holds a BA in Spanish and a MA Hispanic Studies. He currently lives in La Crosse and joined Globe University-La Crosse as a Spanish instructor for the Winter 2013 quarter.
Q. Who was your favorite teacher/mentor and why? Share a short memory of him/her.
A. I’ve been fortunate to have a great many professors who have mentored me throughout my education. I’ve had some that were caring, fun, and demanding. The caring professors taught me the value of personal concern that is so integral to student success. The fun professors taught me that learning is an adventure that we should enjoy and approach in both a serious and lighthearted manner. The demanding professors taught me that success is based on self-discipline, responsibility, and attention to detail. All of these very different approaches were integral to my education and development as a person and a marketable employee. My advice to students is that they attempt to glean such positive characteristics from all of their professors so that they can be well-rounded, skilled, and successful in their careers.
Q. What is something you do in the classroom that might surprise students?
A. Students are often surprised by my approachability as a teacher. In languages, anxiety over communicating with their instructor can be a very detrimental thing for students. As a language instructor, I need to create an environment that encourages the right kind of communication. Students cannot learn a language through a non-participatory, lecture-based class; we are all part of the learning process together.
Q. How can a student be successful in learning a new language?
A. Learning a new language can be very time-consuming. Students frequently attempt to start a new language by thinking and writing in English and then translating to the other language. Unfortunately, this approach will only lead to frustration. To learn a language, students must “forget” their native language and pretend to be learning the target language as if they were children learning to speak for the first time. In other words, rather than translating complex sentences from English into the other language, one must start by thinking in the other language and use only the grammar and vocabulary that they already know in that language. Learning a language is a lifelong process. That means that it requires lots of time and hard work, but it can also provide a lifetime of enjoyment and enrichment.
Q. What do you believe is the number one ingredient that an employer is looking for from an applicant seeking a position?
A. As a supervisor, the most important ingredient to me is reliability. I would much rather train a dependable employee than attempt to teach self-discipline and reliability to a trained employee. Knowledge and experience are easier to acquire than personality or character traits. So again, my advice to all students is to observe your professors and note all the positive traits they have so you can acquire them as well.
This post was written by Jodie Liedke. Liedke, a true Wisconsinite, having labored four summers in a mozzarella factory, received her BA from Lakeland College and her Masters in Fine Arts from Wichita State University in Kansas. Liedke is the General Education and Service-Learning Coordinator, a Creative Quill and Writing Across the Curriculum lead, and the advisor/instructor for GLUWW (Globe La Crosse Writers Write). When not writing creatively, Liedke enjoys watching films, exploring the outdoors, and biking.