Congratulations to Michelle Lundy, French teacher with the TDSB. Michelle recently visited our display during the World Congress of Foreign Languages. She is the winner of our lucky draw and has won 5 free downloads of her choice!
Did you know that on April 15th the United States commemorates the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincolnâ€™s assassination? Have fun learning more about the 16th President of the United States with this free download of our song The Spirit of Lincoln.
We had a wonderful time exhibiting at the World Congress of Modern Languages in Niagara Falls at the end of March. It was great to meet so many teachers and vendors who are so passionate about modern language education. We especially enjoyed spending time with StĂ©phane and Vaho from Linguascope. Even though we are in often in contact with them via email, it is rare that we have a chance to spend time together in person. If you’re not familiar with Linguascope, please do take a moment to explore this awesome program. A free preview is available here: http://www.linguascope.com/preview
The World Congress of Modern Languages (WCML) conference is just two weeks away and weâ€™ll be there! Please visit our exhibit.
This promises to be an exciting conference with over 1000 participants with the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers joining the OMLTA (Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association) and FIPLV (International Modern Language Teachers’ Federation) to make this a truly international conference.
Weâ€™re excited to announce the release of our new app for the iPad, Sing & Play Sight Words. This FREE app includes all the songs from Singing Sight Words, vol. 1. Other volumes are available to purchase from within the app. Each song includes digital worksheets and interactive activities to make learning Sight Words easy and fun. Try it today!
The newsletter is now available. You can get your free Valentine’s Song mp3 and a coupon code for 15% discount here!
Note: the Special 15% discount expires Feb. 1st.
Sara Jordan Publishing will be at the Guadalajara International Book Fair later this week. This yearâ€™s attendance is expected to be close to 800,000. It really is an amazing experience. Weâ€™ll be in the Rights Center presenting our Phonics, Sight Words, Bilingual Songs and Math series.
If you plan on attending, please feel free to contact me. We can meet for an espresso!
The Frankfurt Book Fair this year was fantastic, as always. What a busy time it was with over 140,000 trade visitors meeting and mingling with just as many exhibitors. It was a marathon just to walk through the book fair, which was housed in 8 different enormous buildings and accessible by â€śpeople moversâ€ť or shuttle buses which connect each of the buildings.
Publishing professionals the world over, look forward to meeting every year in Frankfurt. I made sure to stop by the FLTRP stand to meet Jason Wang from the Children’s Planning Department. Our Phonics Series, which FLTRP has licensed to sell across mainland China, was on display.
Chatting about business, over coffee, is a great pastime too. Pictured here, is Alexander Lushkov of YELC in Russia. Alexander has been selling our titles in his store but is now gearing up to start digital sales from his website.
A Saturday afternoon walk around Frankfurt included a visit to one of my favorite places, the Eiserner Steg Bridge known as the â€śLove Lock Bridgeâ€ť. This is a destination for sweethearts who come to lock a padlock on the bridge as a public showing of their affection.
I was in for quite the surprise during my first day of exhibiting at the Beijing International Book Fair this year.
Carole Ji of FLTRP (Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press) stopped by to show me the brightly colored Phonics Series, which FLTRP was about to launch during the fair. The most amazing thing about this series was that it was really our series that FLTRP had licensed earlier in the year with the help of Wanda Chou of Big Apple Agency. Carole had told me about the very high quality of their work, but now I could see it for myself!
Not only did the series look beautiful, but each of the pages had been chemically treated so that if touched by one of their â€śtalking pensâ€ť all of the actual words, phrases and songs could be heard aloud (coming out of a speaker built into the pen).
Later in the week, FLTRP held a special event to launch their new titles. Of course I was invited where I proudly posed with the series and with Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Zhang Siying.
It was at Siying’s invitation that I was able to visit the headquarters of FLTRP. I have many, many photos. All I can say is that itâ€™s a beautiful building which, besides housing meeting rooms and offices for 1500 employees, also offers 2 complete floors of lodging for international visitors as well as private dining rooms for important meetings and several cafeterias to feed the 1,500 employees who eat in shifts.
Apparently, FLTRP also owns another even bigger building which is used as a training center for teachers in China. The second building boasts an indoor pool, lodging and meeting rooms for all of the teachers as well as hot springs which are located on the property.
During my visit to the FLTRP headquarters, I was shown all around their building, from the impressive lobby, to the many meeting rooms, the recording studio, and even a television studio which is sometimes used by the government to produce television shows.
Colleagues Lang Song and Tang Zhihong joined Siying, Carole and me for a six course luncheon which was cooked onsite and served by female servers wearing crisp white and red uniforms.
If you ever have the chance to do business with China, it makes visiting the country much more meaningful. Over the past two years, besides licensing our Phonics Series to FLTRP, we have also produced over 100 curriculum-based songs and chants to be used with various FLTRP series. I found it wonderful to meet and chat with the people Iâ€™ve been working with. Everything seems to come together and the world seems much smaller!
When I started producing these educational resources twenty four years ago, I never imagined they would be used as far away as China. Technology allows us to work and collaborate in so many ways we only dreamed of before. NiceÂ