Duncan Charters was appointed to the faculty in 1974. Prior to coming to Principia, he was lecturer in foreign languages at Humboldt State University and taught in regular and summer programs at a number of other colleges and universities. He has also served as a program evaluator, consultant, and speaker for schools and organizations including the California and Illinois State Boards of Education, and is a current member of the national NCATE review board for secondary education certification programs in languages. He is a trained evaluator of language proficiency in the U.S. (ACTFL) and European (CEF) testing systems. He is also currently coordinator of the College’s Spanish program and chair of its Department of Languages and Cultures.
His special interests include Spanish language and literature, teaching culture and listening comprehension, developing proficiency in language skills and their assessment, and using technology in teaching, including independent and online learning. He has participated in radio and television broadcasts for The Christian Science Monitor's Spanish-language program Perfiles, to which he contributed an interview on Cervantes, and for El Heraldo de la Ciencia Cristiana. He has served as a conference interpreter including most recently at an international symposium on language policy held at the University of Copenhagen in the summer of 2011, where he was symposium coordinator and gave the keynote address for the related conference. In the same year he gave seminars, workshops, and presentations on language teaching methods and technology in São Paulo, Brazil; Guadalajara, Mexico; and the annual conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) in Washington, D.C.
In addition to occasional articles on pedagogical and language topics for Internacia Pedagogia Revuo, his most recent publication is an article on the value of reading literature for a festschrift honoring a distinguished humanities scholar and former university president, Humphrey Tonkin (La arto labori kune, Universala Esperanto-Asocio).
Dr. Charters is a member of:
American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Modern Language Association of America (MLA); Midwest MLA
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
American Association of Teachers of Esperanto (AATE)
International Association of Teachers of Esperanto (ILEI)
Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL)
Foreign Language Teachers Association of Greater St. Louis (FLTA)
International Association of Language Learning Technologies (IALLT)
Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)
To learn more about Professor Charters and his contributions to Principia College, tune in to the “College Faculty Spotlight” Talk Show on Principia Internet Radio, linked below.