Authors Forum

Howard Rowland Ph.D., has been an Arabic instuctor and course materials writer at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, he also worked as full-time free-lance Arabic-English translator. He has traveled widely in the Arab World and is proficient in several major Arabic dialects in addition to Modern Standard Arabic. His book "Let's Read the Arabic Newspapers is used in major universities. 

Jo Pamment, is the Adult Education Director of the A+ English Language School for Okemos Public Schools. In addition to program administration, curriculum writing and assessment, she has taught all ESL levels in adult education, junior colleges and MSU. She has presented in various workshops in California and Michigan, and provided staff development workshops in pronunciation for adult education programs around the State. She Chairs the ESL Professional Advisory Committee. As a member of the Michigan Curriculum Task Force, she has helped write the ESL, and ABE Content Standards; and has served on the Michigan Transformation Task Force. She is the author of HAMMER.

Deborah Hitsky, author of “Surveys for Conversation” (2003 and 2011ProLingua Associates) ,lives and works in Michigan where she has nearly three decades of experience as an English as a Second Language instructor and administrator. She has presented workshops for many school districts as well as at state professional conferences. “Surveys for Conversation 2nd ed.” (2011) is a collection of 64 photo copyable worksheets designed to provoke lively discussions. Each survey has teacher helps, including pertinent vocabulary, web sites to accompany the lesson, and expansion activities . Topics range from icebreaking introductions for the beginning of the semester to astrology and politics. Appropriate for high beginning to advanced levels.

Irene Brouwer Konyndyk, author of the book “Foreign Languages for Everyone: How I Learned to Teach Second Languages to Students with Learning Disabilities” recently retired from teaching French, German and Dutch at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. During her 40-year teaching career (at all levels of instruction) she learned a lot – most importantly how to teach languages to students who struggle with language learning. She believes that all students, even those with learning disabilities, can be successful language learners, if the pedagogical approach meets their needs. At-risk students need a learning environment that is multisensory, highly structured, and helps them understand how they learn best. That’s what her book is about and she is delighted to share her ideas with you!

She continues to do presentations and workshops in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, at conferences such as ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French), the IDA (International Dyslexia Association), NACFLA (North American Christian Foreign Language Association), and at MIWLA (Michigan World Language Association).

Adele Crouch is a self-taught artist, working in: Acrylics, Oils, Colored Pencils, Graphite and Charcoal. She has been selling her work for more than 40 years. During the last 30 years, Adele has sold and displayed her work in galleries and other businesses in northern and southern California, Washington, Idaho, Tennessee, Arkansas, New Mexico and Arizona. Adele began writing in 1997. She has published five bilingual children's books. "How the Fox Got His Color", "Where Hummingbirds Come From", "The Dance of the Caterpillars", "Alphabet Alliteration", and "The Gnomes of Knot-Hole Manor"