In this post: 1. You Can’t Out-Candice Candice (reflection+video) 2. Sane Saturday (May 9), a perfect mix of relaxation, camaraderie, and PD 3. Low Prep | High Success online workshop (Saturday, May 16) You Can’t Out-Candice Candice The summer between when I was hired to create a Latin program at a school in Los […]
Category Archives: Learning
French Relaxation + New Section of Spanish for Latin Teachers!
In this post: 1. New guided relaxation video+audio in simple French with Cécile Lainé 2. By popular demand, Saturday section opened for Spanish for Latin Teachers La Flamme: guided relaxation in simple French I’m thrilled that Cécile Lainé has helped create a French adaptation of free guided relaxation video+audio already published in Spanish and […]
New course: Spanish for Latin Teachers—and another big announcement!
In this post: 1. Spanish for Latin Teachers, a new online course by JSB 2. Deep discount on just-launched virtual Summer Institutes with Tina Hargaden of the World Language Proficiency Project Spanish for Latin Teachers For years I have wanted to create this course to take advantage of the boost in comprehension and community […]
New Calming Audio in Simple Spanish and Latin
My sleep and general well-being have benefited from guided meditation and other calming audio in several languages for quite some time. I quickly came to find it also incredibly useful for language learning and teaching, for a whole lot of reasons. This week I released samples of calming audio in simple Spanish (recorded with Abigail […]
Can You Cut One Thing?
February finds many of us in a long, gapless stretch of work that ranges from humdrum to harrowing. New Year’s resolutions to work smarter or spend more time with family or hone a hobby are buried by snowpack, and we retreat into ourselves or suffer panic or just put our heads down to make it to […]
The Importance of the Next Thing
No, this isn’t about tech trends or teaching fads. It’s a confession and a simple solution. Confession: My reading-and-listening habit in one of my target languages almost disappeared this winter. Why? Because I hadn’t lined up the Next Thing. The Next Thing The Next Thing is the resource you plan to use just as […]
Winter Bonus Sessions Announced!
Having heard from several people who want to use some of their winter break to pursue a learning or teaching goal, I’m excited to announce that, for the first time in about fifteen years, I’ll be home during winter break and have opened a bunch of time slots for online coaching, tutoring, or conversation sessions […]
Guided Meditation in the TL
Sometimes I use guided meditation to relax or to help me fall asleep. Because I enjoy it and in order to get a bit more out of life, I usually listen in a language other than English. (My partner recently said to me that the fact that I use even sleep meditation to get more input […]
Same Conversation (Notes from Italy, pt. 3)
Note: This is part 3 of a summer series with notes on learning and interacting in another language. The series is inspired by my Italian interactions, but can apply to any language! See part 1 for two stories illustrating the goodness that comes from interacting with people in their own language and part 2 for […]
Advanced Eavesdropping (Notes from Italy, pt. 2)
If you ask most people whether eavesdropping is something you should do, they’ll answer no. If you ask me, I’ll say yes–if you’re trying to learn a language. Note: This is part 2 of my summer series sharing notes on learning and interacting in another language. The series is inspired by my Italian interactions, but […]