I design such courses around interesting and unexpected facts and examples, which pique students' curiosity and stimulate their independent thinking.
My purpose here is to draw students' interest toward a study of languages and linguistics as a field while employing
an interdisciplinary approach and drawing freely on different subfields of linguistics and adjacent disciplines.
In my teaching, I rely on my intimate acquaintance with and active research in languages and linguistic traditions of several genetically
and typologically distinct language families, drawing parallels and examples from a variety of linguistic areas and presenting students
with convincing conclusions based on a wide range of factual material. This resonates especially well with students'
backgrounds in multicultural classes, and also allows me to expose my students to interesting and unexpected phenomena and stimulating open problems.
In addition to rich and deep examples from a variety of linguistic and cultural areas of the world,
I also introduce students to the most recent research and open problems in the respective areas of linguistics,
appropriately adapted for the undergraduates, and encourage reading both secondary literature and the original sources.
I also encourage students to choose challenging problems for their individual work, which is especially important for gifted and motivated students.
I give students sufficient opportunity to present their work in class for critical discussion,
providing ample support for their work during my office hours and by e-mail.