About Me

Leendert van Beek

Leendert van Beek
Associate Professor of Language Studies

Phone: (712) 722-6261

"All humans are artists, all of us... Our greatest masterpiece of art is the use of a language to create an entire virtual reality within our mind." (Don Miguel Ruiz, 2012)

I am excited about the role I can play in my students' lives, making them open their eyes to this fascinating reality. Next to being creative with the languages they know, my students are also encouraged to go out into the world, to get immersed in different cultures, and to build bridges with the linguistic skills they have acquired. Linguistics is the science of language, and it is great fun to see students understanding more and more about the God-given processes that are in place when we use language. Some of them become so interested that they want to create an individual studies major, including programs such as "Linguistics & Genetics" and "Interdisciplinary Linguistics."

Further, I often get requests from community members to sit in on one of my a language classes, to translate family documents for them, or to help them plan their vacation trip to Europe, especially the Netherlands. I also translated several volumes of sermons by Charles Spurgeon into modern Dutch in order to help raising funds for an inner-city missions organization.

In addition to my language interests, I'm also passionate about church music, all sorts. I am on the worship committee of a local church and serve as organist for three churches in town. I am a certified church organist, won a national organ competition in the Netherlands, and played at weddings of former students, both at home and abroad.

Degrees obtained

Courses taught in the past 4 years