I keep writing posts on why I dislike teaching foreign languages and then eliminating them, since one of my chairs, my dean and several other such people know where this blog is. However, here is one more issue: the kindergarten aspect of it. 

Portuguese Composition is a senior level course with graduate students in it and many students, including most of the graduate students want to replace serious film with Disney videos dubbed into Portuguese and serious reading with articles from on “relationships” and “codependency.”

I understand that their Portuguese may not really be above that level but the point of having class is to raise it, as I have said. Yet they are in a language teaching methodology course so they know best. Pallas Athena save me from pedagogues.


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