New Wheelock’s Group on the LatinStudy List

There’s been discussion lately of starting a new Wheelock’s group on the LatinStudy List. A start date hasn’t yet been announced. Initially, I was thinking how I’d love to participate in that, but there’s just no time. But I just want to make the time. So I dug out the old books over the weekend and am amazed at how much I enjoyed just leafing through them.

I can’t remember exactly when I read the book, Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine, but it was probably elementary school because I spent every free hour I could in that library. I remember the card catalog smelled of Cream of Wheat, which I always favored over oatmeal. Perhaps that’s why I’ve always loved reading. My introduction to books was directly related to my other addiction — food.

The story, first published in the 1950s, is about a kid who gets access to a computer. He and his friends get the bright idea to use the computer to do their homework for them. They spend an inordinate amount of time, of course, researching and programming. Naturally, they get caught and the upshot is that they spent significantly more time trying to cheat with the computer than they would have if they had just done their own homework in the first place. And learned a lot more in the process.

What’s this got to do with studying Wheelock’s? Simply — reading books, studying hand-outs, doing exercises and taking quizzes are great study aids. But the work that goes into putting these things together in the first place is, too.

With that in mind, I’m creating what I call a companion course for the study group.

We have cardio classes at my job most days of the week. My boss told me a few years ago that the cardio sessions are for him — he just lets the students join in. With that in mind, I’ll be opening the course up to anyone who is also interested.

It’s not yet ready for prime time. I’m still learning the LMS interface, for one thing, and digging through resources. So the usual “as-is” and “at your own risk” admonitions apply. But feedback is quite welcome, so if you give it a test drive, please let me know of any questions, suggestions and/or corrections you might have.

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