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Jim Hendrickson is a retired Professor of Spanish and English as a Second Language. He holds a BA in French Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an MA in Spanish Literature from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D in Psycholinguistics from The Ohio State University.
Jim speaks English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese as well as smatterings of many other foreign languages.
He has taught at all educational levels: elementary school, high school, adult education, community college, college, and university. He has taught in California, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Washington. He worked as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University, a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Bolivia and Chile, and a Language Consultant for the United States Peace Corps in Belize. He has presented over one hundred workshops for foreign language teachers worldwide.
Jim has received many teaching and publishing awards including the Distinguished Faculty Award at Lansing Community College in Michigan, the Stephen A. Freeman Award for authoring the best article on teaching techniques to have appeared in a professional journal in 1980, and an award for writing the best article published in The Modern Language Journal in 1978.
Jim has traveled in over 130 countries and is an avid long-distance tour bicyclist. He has cycled extensively in the United States, as well as in Europe, Africa, Australia, and on various islands in Oceania. He has presented over 500 travelogues in many schools, churches, libraries, museums, senior and community centers, city auditoriums, as well as on radio and television shows, and has been featured in numerous American and international newspapers.
Jim has published more than 60 foreign language textbooks including The Spice of Life (Harcourt), Our Global Village (Harcourt), Poco a poco (Heinle & Heinle), Intercambios (Heinle & Heinle), Nuevas dimensiones (Heinle & Heinle), and Nuevas alturas (Heinle & Heinle). One of his best-selling books, Poco a poco, has been reconfigured into a new book, Plazas: Lugar de Encuentros (Heinle & Heinle) – a spectacular bestseller. He is also the author of the best-selling Spanish Grammar Flipper (Christopher Lee). Jim has also published articles on psycholinguistics in Foreign Language Annals, TESOL Quarterly, The Modern Language Journal, The Canadian Modern Language Review, and Hispania.
Most recently, Jim has self-published the following five travel ebooks (Smashwords.com) about his adventures and misadventures on the road: Like a Leaf on a River, North to Alaska!, Vagabond on a Bicycle, Travel is my Passion, and Shalom, Israel!
on Nov. 26, 2013 :
A Destination Too Far
Not all trips work out as planned, and this story shows how a bicycle ride can become too difficult. He did this trip on a recumbent bicycle, so his story will be of special interest to riders of these machines.
Jim enjoys telling people that he is riding from Washington state all the way across the USA and then across Europe to Israel. Unfortunately he inevitably runs into terrible wintry weather in eastern Europe and Turkey, so has to take public transport and arrives in Israel burned out, rather than elated to reach his goal. The obvious solution would have been to do this ride in two stages, the USA one year and Europe-Israel the following year, but Jim was determined to do it all in one go. So this is a good narrative of a long bicycle ride, but doesn't have a happy ending. For happier stories, I recommend any of Jim's other books here on Smashwords.
(reviewed long after purchase)