Episode 008 – Birgit Jensen

Show Notes

This week Ken chats with Birgit Jensen.

Birgit is an associate professor of German at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She started flipping her Beginning German courses in 2014 and now strongly endorses flipped learning to bring cross-cultural critical thinking to students of foreign languages. She is currently collaborating with her colleague Laura Levi Altstaedter on research about the efficacy of flipping foreign-language instruction (hint: they got excellent data so far!).

Birgit’s blog is “Flipped Learning in My Beginning German Courses” and can be contacted via jensenb@ecu.edu. Their German program can be found at http://www.ecu.edu/german/

We discussed Flipped Learning as it applies to language learning, confusion between the terms flipped classroom and flipped learning and Birgit’s research.

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Ken’s Take

Quote from Birgit during the podcast:

“They came out of this whole chapter (health care) with a very different mindset. That’s cross cultural critical thinking.”
“They wrote an article for the student newspaper explaining the German health care system.”

Original image “Scales of Justice – Frankfurt Version” flickr photo by mikecogh https://flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/8035396680 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

Music Credit

The music (titled Aloft) clip at the start and end of the podcast is copyright by Kelly Walsh and used with permission.

Podcast Logo Credit

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2 thoughts on “Episode 008 – Birgit Jensen

  1. Hello,

    Thank you so much for your blog and for the interviews you conduct! I have gone through two already, and I have been greatly inspired. I am an English Language Instructor from Peru. My first language is Spanish. I am currently writing a one-month course on technology and language teaching for a specialization semester at URP (Universidad Ricardo Palma). I have been teaching online for almost a year now with Berlitz Virtual Classroom, so my previous boss, who now works at URP, thought I could be the one to go to in order to write this technology course. I have learned a lot about CALL, blended learning, and flipping the classroom as I am writing this course, but unfortunately, I have not been able to find success stories for teaching English as a Foreign Language with flipped learning. I wonder if there is research on that that you could point me out to. I would really appreciate it! At any rate,I will keep on looking. And thank you so very much once again for all the information you share on your blog and website! Best regards 🙂
    Diana Bermúdez

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