It’s important to confess right here at the beginning that I am a firm believer in learning and playing being one and the same—specifically every step along the way from Novice Zero to “survival language” Intermediate Mid-ish. So, the lessons, materials and activities I present and discuss here are firmly rooted in the idea that […]
Matt Coss (“Mateo” or 高正远 to some) is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Second Language Acquisition & Application at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also working as a member of the STARTALK division of the National Foreign Language Center at UMD. Previously, Matt worked as a Spanish teacher and freelance translator during a gap year after receiving his B.A. in Hispanic Linguistics and Chinese with a minor in Entrepreneurship from UNC Chapel Hill. What he lacks in age, he makes up for in teaching experience—despite only being 23 years old, Matt has been a Spanish teacher since the age of 16 and a Chinese teacher since the age of 19. Through a series of fortunate events that are much too long to relate here, Matt grew up bilingual (English & Spanish) and started learning Mandarin at age 11 (currently Superior on OPI/ACTFL scale). Matt has taught a broad range of learners in both Spanish and Chinese, from novice 3 rd graders to medical school students to retired adults and beyond. For Matt, language learning and teaching have been lifelong companions so far, and it is his dream to continue learning, teaching and growing on the Path across the U.S. and the world throughout his career beyond grad school.