October, 2007

Oct 07

Halloween, ACTFL, and Literacy Breakthrough!

Happy Halloween Everyone! A big congratulations to the winner of our pumpkin photo contest. Check out this wonderful photo sent to us by Juanjo Ramos of Barcelona, Spain! Juanjo, we will be sending you a copy of Celebrate Holidays. Congratulations once again and many thanks to all of the entrants who participated in this contest.

Our winning Pumpkin Contest entry.

Anyone planning to attend ACTFL in San Antonio? Stéphane Derône and I can be found at booth 614 promoting Linguascope, the greatest way to teach students online. Please stop by to say “Hello” and qualify for terrific discounts on Linguascope subscriptions and Sara Jordan Learning Resources.

Literacy Breakthrough! Many of you know that I have been doing some volunteer tutoring in my spare time. This weekend, my student made a big breakthrough. It’s a great feeling for him and for me. Read about the unconventional ways he’s been learning and I’ve been tutoring. Some of these strategies might work for you!

Oct 07

The Frankfurt Book Fair – What a “Messe”!

Actually, this is a play on words. The word “Messe” means “fair” in German. Having just returned from eight days in Germany where we exhibited as part of the worlds biggest book fair, I can’t stop thinking about the Frankfurt Book Messe.

If you had the chance to see this fair, you’d be utterly amazed! The fair, which consists of ten enormous halls covering 172,000 square meters, attracts over 7,000 exhibitors and 300,000 visitors from around the world. Buses shuttle visitors back and forth from hall to hall.

It’s a totally exhilarating experience. So many people from so many countries, speaking so many languages. I’ve posted a few photos here.

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Meeting with Stephane Derone [top left] of Linguascope in the U.K. Conversing with Sean Charlebois and Peter Crabtree [top right] of Crabtree Publishing. The “messe” was crowded [bottom] with people and excitement from 9 am to 6:30 pm every day!