Earl Stevick (23 October 23, 1923 - 13 August 2013) was an expert in language learning and teaching. Stevick was influential in developing the communicative approach to language learning. He was a practicing Christian and this greatly influenced his approach to education.
Academic career[change | change source]
He studied government at Harvard University, earned a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Columbia University, and a PhD in linguistics at Cornell University. After he received his PhD, Stevick began teaching at Scarritt College for Christian Workers in Nashville, Tennessee. He applied for and received a Ford Fellowship and went to teach in Angola, Belgian Congo and Southern Rhodesia for two years. He then worked for the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, creating courses to learn local African languages.
Stevick was one of a small group of language educators who created the Master of Arts in Teaching degree at the SIT Graduate Institute in 1969. It was called School for International Training at that time. He continued to help with that program as a member of the advisory board.
Books[change | change source]
- Memory, Meaning and Method (1976 & 1996 editions)
- Teaching Languages, A Way and Ways
- Humanism in Language Teaching: A Critical Perspective
- Teaching and Learning Languages
- Chinyanja Basic Course (and many other FSI courses)
- Success with Foreign Languages
- "Images and Options in the Language Classroom"
- "Adapting and Writing Language Lessons"
Family[change | change source]
Stevick met Betty Rae Culp in 1947. They married in 1948. Some of Stevick's family members are still alive, including: a brother, Bob Stevick, of Seattle, Washington; three children, Becky Clarke of Lexington, Marian Walton of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Joel Stevick of Rockville, Maryland; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
References[change | change source]
- Woodson, Daryl "Earl Stevick passed on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the Mayflower in Lexington, where he had been residing. He was 89 years old." The News Gazette. Retrieved 2013-08-16
- "Spotlight on Earl Stevick". Christian English Language Educators Association. July 2000. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
- Kristjánsson, Carolyn "Earl W. Stevick: Keeping the Faith in Theory and Practice" International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching, Volume 2 (2015), pp. 62-66. ISSN 2334-1866 (online). Retrieved 2015-09-30.
- Fantini, Alvino (2013-08-15). "Reminiscences of Earl Stevick". SIT Graduate Institute. Retrieved 2013-08-16.