Ellen W. Crocker is Senior Lecturer in German at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she has been teaching the full range of language courses since 1980.
Ellen W. Crocker is Senior Lecturer in German at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she has been teaching the full range of language courses since 1980. From 1989 to 1992 she served as Coordinator for German at MIT, and has been actively involved in the development of the curriculum for the beginning and intermediate-level courses in the German Studies Program.
Outside of MIT she has taught German at the Middlebury Summer School in Vermont and for adult education courses in the Boston area. Before coming to MIT, Crocker taught English as a Foreign Language in Mannheim, Germany, and in Boston at Northeastern University and Harvard Summer School. She did her graduate study in Applied Linguistics and Modern German Literature at the Albert Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, Germany (M.A., 1976)
Crocker is author and co-author for two college-level textbooks for German published in multiple editions by Boston-based firms: as co-author for the audio program and ancillaries for the introductory first-year textbook, Neue Horizonte, Dollenmayer and Hansen, D.C. Heath, fourth edition 1996; as author for the intermediate-level workbook for communicative strategies Reden-Mitreden-Dazwischenreden, Heinle and Heinle, second edition, 1990, co-authored in the first edition with Claire Kramsch.
She reviews numerous manuscripts and assists in the development process of German textbooks for several publishers, including Heinle and Heinle, Holt Rinehart Winston, Houghton Mifflin, McGraw-Hill, and Yale University Press. In the area of materials development, her most recent research projects investigate the pedagogical design and the implementation of hypermedia for new learning environments. Her first experimental project in progress, In der Niederlausitz, is a multimedia CD-ROM designed with interactive functionality. Crocker is co-directing with MIT colleague Dr. Kurt Fendt Berliner sehen, a hypermedia documentary that is being developed in conjunction with the emerging numerous possibilities for collaboration on the World Wide Web.
Research Grants and Awards include: Provost's Fund 1996, National Endowment for the Arts 1994-96, Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship 1995, The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning 1991-1995, Dean's Fund 1990.