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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 :
Cyclists may enjoy following Jim and his group on this challenging bicycle ride to the North. The trip took place some decades ago (dates not given), so it's not a book to learn about current road conditions and services. Rather you get to experience Jim's physical and psychological feelings--the highs and lows--of a long adventurous journey. Jim was new to cycling on this trip, but that didn't stop him from meeting each day's difficulties and reaching his goal in Alaska.
(reviewed long after purchase)