October, 2009

Oct 09

The Frankfurt Book Fair – Celebrating Diversity Big Time

Earlier this month I spent a very full five days at the the world’s largest and most important book fair, the annual Frankfurt Book Fair. Try to imagine a world community of over 180,000 international trade visitors, viewing more than 400,000 books displayed by publishers from more than 100 different countries – all over a period of five days.

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A bird’s eye view of Hall 8 [left]. An impromptu concert (during the fair) by Alex Jacobowitz [right].

The experience was incredible. Visitors were ferried from hall to hall by shuttle bus, to meetings with hundreds of publishers from dozens of countries.

Always thinking as an educator, it came to mind that it be wonderful if we could find a multicultural experience equally as exciting for our students.

And then this week…I think I found it. I’ve discovered a free website which uses social networking to teach students languages. The Livemocha website offers students the chance to study and acquire 30 different languages through the help of other online participants who reside in all corners of the globe. The only caveat that I can see so far is that participating students must be at least 13 years of age. You can check it out at: http://www.livemocha.com

Now you’ll know where I’ll be spending my time! ┬íHasta luego!