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Elizabeth is knowledgeable and has a wealth of information to share! Her passion for teaching language is inspiring. I've learned so much from her in such a short period of time. I can't wait to apply all the new ideas, techniques and tools she's given me. Merci beaucoup Elizabeth!

Keynotes and Breakouts

These are the talks available for Keynotes and Breakout Sessions.  They may also be part of longer workshops and trainings.

Language with the Five Senses

Keynote, One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Language is not merely words and grammatical structures but how humans interact with each other and the world around them. Human interaction is essential for acquiring language and a person must feel and experience the language with all of the senses to build language pathways in the brain.

Language and Learning in the Brain

Keynote, One Hour Talk, Half-Day

All learning is a sensory experience. Our sensory receptors in our bodies receive information through the specialty sensory receptors and in turn, those receptors send that information to the brain. This talk goes over exactly how our brains learn, and why our brains are wired to learn language through a very specific process.
This talk also covers Neuroplasticity, Neurodiversity, and Growth Mindset.

Global Citizenship Education and Culturally Responsive Teaching

Keynote, One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Global Citizenship Education is meant to help us understand why we think the way we do and explore culture shapes our thinking as we relate to others in the world. Culturally Responsive Teaching helps teachers build trusting relationships with students that validate their home languages and cultures.

Note- this talk can be adapted for training in workplaces, groups, and other non-education settings. 

Performance Based Learning Through Thematic Unit Study

Keynote, One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Making the World Your Classroom

Keynote, One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Teaching Vocabulary for Fluency

Keynote, One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Multiple case studies have shown that students show greater knowledge and progress through thematic unit study and project-based assessment than through testing. Further, students are more apt to retain information when engaged in experiential learning.

International travel with children/students can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! International travel is a journey in empowerment, self-discovery, and most importantly – human connection.

This workshop explores specific reasons to offer travel opportunities to children and ways to prepare students for travel. For those who can't travel, we'll talk about ways to simulate international travel with students.

Traditional methods teach vocabulary in lists of words to memorize-which studies show is not effective. The Language with the Five Senses method facilitates fluency in learners through engaging the senses to send stronger messages to the brain.

Decolonizing Your Curriculum

Keynote, One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Decolonizing curriculum refers to rethinking, reframing, and reconstructing curricula that favor the White and European "Colonial" lens to include all cultures and knowledge systems in the curriculum.  

Playing with Language

One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Learners are more likely to retain new information in the longterm memory when they are having fun! Games that practice specific skills reinforce those skills for long-term retention.

Let's Get Talking!

One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Fluency comes first from understanding receptive input. Students must develop a strong foundation of receptive fluency before they can begin to speak. This foundation is developed through activities that scaffold language so students have early communication tools.

Integrating Social Justice Education in the Classroom

One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Educators play a central role in helping youth understand people from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.  The first step is a meaningful connection with other humans who are different.  Social justice is the practical side of these connections, helping students use those connections and new understanding to tackle real-world issues from different perspectives.  Social justice education also aids students in standing up for others and for what is right. 

Social justice education makes sure everyone is treated equitably, resources are distributed fairly, and all humans have what they need for success, and to feel safe and secure both physically and psychologically.

This talk will also explain the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals and how to implement them in fostering change in our communities and classrooms.

Bringing the World into Your Classroom

Cooking and Culture

One Hour Talk, Half-Day

One Hour Talk, Half-Day

In an increasingly global society, it is important for our students to understand global issues and seek new perspectives.   This workshop helps you, as the teacher,  strengthen your global mindset while intentionally sharing your international experiences and global connections with your students.

We will explore the importance of travel and cultural experiences as part of professional development and discuss specific strategies for creating a global classroom, fostering an environment of cultural responsiveness,  and teaching your content through a global lens.

Food is part of every culture. Every culture has a traditional dish, or specific practices around mealtimes. Integrating recipes and food into your thematic units and individual lessons adds richness to the learning experience and motivates students. In addition, food projects are linguistically rich.

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