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!
Shalom, Israel! is a narrative of my 5½-month bicycle journey from Bellingham, Washington state to Israel aboard a custom-made, long-wheeled-based recumbent. In this book you’ll learn about the many adventures and misadventures I experienced on this 7,000-mile trip through eleven U.S. states and eight countries. I’ve also included a list of equipment that I took on the journey.
Vagabond on a Bicycle
Vagabond on a Bicycle comprises 16 articles describing my bicycle trips in/on Route 66, the Santa Fe Trail, the Natchez Trace, the Deep South of the United States, New England, Montana to Alaska, Maritime Canada, Washington state to Israel, Northern Europe, Eastern Hungary, South Africa, New Zealand, Tonga, the Cook Islands, and Central Chile.
Travel is my Passion
Travel is my Passion begins with a short essay on my philosophy of world travel that can be summed up in four short sentences: Be a dreamer. Be open-minded. Be confident. Be prepared. The book continues with 29 chapters of stories about my extensive travels in 34 countries in 6 regions of the world. The book ends with a description of one of my four journeys around the world.
North to Alaska!
NORTH TO ALASKA! takes you on a 3,200-mile bicycle expedition from Missoula, Montana to Anchorage, Alaska. You will read about the author’s 73-day bicycle tour filled with adventures including a grueling ascent to Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, a scary standoff with a black bear in the Yukon, a daring dash through a forest fire, and a harrowing ride over the Top-of-the-World Highway.
Like a Leaf on a River
Like a Leaf on a River reflects my deepest passion in life: wanderlust. This book takes you on my first solo international journey, a 10,000-mile hitchhike from my home in Wisconsin to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula when I was 20 years old. Next you’ll travel with me vicariously around the world, living life on the cheap, visiting a variety of countries, meeting interesting people and learning about
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