“Language is a key just in coaching people on their interpersonal relationship. So when it comes to workers compensation, especially, you might think that the cost of a medical claim related to a workplace injury would correlate highest with the severity of the injury. The reality is the industries recognize that the highest corollary toContinue reading “Episode 101 – The Costs of Ignoring Language and Culture: Bennett Whitehouse (Risk Analyst)”
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Episode 100 – Brenda Buckley: Why Teach Like a Rebel
Episode 100 | Brenda Buckley: Why Teach Like a Rebel
This week, Brenda Buckley teaches why we should teach like a rebel!
Brenda is an ASL instructor and sign language expert who reveals the role of body movement, eye contact, growth mindset, and humor in language learning and personal confidence.
Introducing Brenda Buckley (Episode 100)
“Be with them, be a ‘we’ not a ‘I’, or ‘you’.” Brenda Buckley Brenda Buckley is an accomplished educator with over 15 years of experiencein urban education. She specializes in teaching American Sign Language andhas a passion for inspiring and empowering students from underprivilegedbackgrounds. Buckley earned her Bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language and VisualArtsContinue reading “Introducing Brenda Buckley (Episode 100)”
Episode 99 – Language Inspirations: Presenters on Presenting
Episode 99 | Its About Language | Language Inspirations – Presenters on Presenting
I’m excited to share with you Episode 99!
Language learning happens in the home, community, school and workplace. Language teachers are parents, siblings, friends, community members, colleagues, strangers, and media of all types. Language connects us to each other and the world around us.
In this episode, I attended SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching) and NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Excited presenters share with me how they help build the language bridges that connect us all.
Episode 98 – The Power of Intercultural Understanding: Scott Womack
Episode 98 : The Power of Intercultural Understanding: Scott Womack
In this episode, Scott Womack shares his insights on the role of language, culture and intercultural competence in our lives. Dr. Scott Womack’s research into these topics makes him an expert on their importance to our emotional wellbeing and global understanding.
Episode 97 – Children Celebrate Their Heritage
Its About Language | Episode 97 | Children Celebrate Their Heritage
What an exciting episode! We continue celebrating Mother Language Day, hearing from young children, young adults, and adults on the importance of celebrating heritage, sounds, music, dance, food, and stories. These are pivotal times for the world and celebrating traditions together – this is how language is the pathway to bringing peace to the spirit of individuals.
Episode 96 – Young Voices from Mother Language Day
Its About Language | Episode 96 | From the Kids of Mother Language Day 2023
Episode 96 is all about International Heritage Language Association in Edmonton Alberta celebrating Mother Language Day. I was so excited to see the many heritage schools come together and had the opportunity to interview quite a few. In this episode you will hear from three young adults / kids as they reflect on the hope they are bringing to the world. Enjoy the podcast!
Episode 95 – Celebrating Our Languages: Antonella Cortese & IHLA
Its About Language | Episode 95 | Celebrating our Languages with Antonella Cortese & IHLA
This week’s guest is Antonella Cortese, “mother” of the IHLA Mother Language Day Festival in Edmonton, Canada. Hear how this annual festival provides an opportunity for youth to learn about world-wide heritage languages and share their own, through dance, music, and poetry — and go to my website for her mom’s traditional Italian pastry recipe!
Episode 94 – The Elements of Our Language
This week, Steven Sacco is interviewing Norah. Norah shares where her passion for language began and how it shaped her world, and from that foundation how she took it a step farther to help change the lives of others. The Elements of Our Language are truly the stepping stones in new pathways leading to so many opportunities in our lives.
Episode 93 – Connecting with: Meredith White
How does language open hearts, minds, opportunities, and hope for all?
I speak with Meredith White, an Instructional Technology Coach and Spanish Teacher in Gwinnett County Public Schools, Georgia this week. She’s here to talk about the power of language in the lives of those who teach it and of those who learn it. She provides insights into how we can use language to focus on what brings joy and sustainability in our busy lives, allowing balance as well as effectiveness in all we do.
It’s About Language | Episode 93 | Connecting with Meredith White
Episode 92 – Inviting You to Reflect with Parthena Draggett, AATSP President
Episode 92: Inviting You to Reflect with Parthena Draggett, AATSP President. Our lively conversation touches on the diversity within the classroom and outside in the world, and how language studies connect learners to themselves and cultures around the world. Parthena emphasizes the importance of being open to the process of learning and the dynamics of language. Such truths invite language learners of all ages to be bold, be vulnerable, and to consider themselves speakers of a language from the beginning. It’s a powerful, positive concept for an interconnected world.
Episode 91 – Young Voices on Language’s Purpose
Episode 91 | Hear the voices of young adult language students from Northside ISD in San Antonio on language as a powerful tool in their lives. They share about identity, connections, opportunities, personal heritage, and many more gifts that learning new languages have for them, and all of us.
Episode 90 – Connecting with William Lee, ACTFL Teacher of the Year 2023
Episode 90 | Connecting with William Lee, ACTFL Teacher of the Year 2023. William Lee Latin teacher at Clark High School (San Antonio) talks with Norah about providing opportunities and exuding passion for World Language education. “I want people to realize that we are part of the whole and we’re all in it together. “
Episode 89 – Inviting You to Reflect with Celia Zamora, ACTFL
Episode 89 | Reflection Series | Guest Celia Zamora, ACTFL
Join Norah L Jones and Celia Zamora on the future of language education and ACTFL. In this episode of It’s About Language, Norah and Celia talk about initiatives designed to include everyone in the learning and use of languages to participate fully in the global community.
Episode 88 – Inviting you to reflect with Amanda Seewald, JNCL Executive Director
Episode 88 Inviting you to Reflect with Amanda Seewald, JNCL Executive Director. Amanda provides insight into voices coming together to make a difference. “Language is human, we are human, and it is essential in order for us to do work, live, and do anything with other humans.”
Episode 87 – Inviting You to Reflect With Edgar Serrano, NNELL President-Elect
Episode 87 Inviting you to Reflect with Edgar Serrano, NNELL President-Elect. Edgar shares pathways for young children to learn new languages, and opportunities and resources for those who teach them. Reflect on how he and we ensure joyful learning experiences, equitable access, and hope through a multilingual identity.
Episode 86 – Inviting You to Reflect With Leslie Baldwin, NADSFL Supervisor of the Year 2023
Episode 86 Inviting You to Reflect With Leslie Baldwin, NADSFL Supervisor of the Year 2023. In this episode, we reflect on our gift of language and its impact on our identity, our community, and our destiny. Join me – Listen and Download to share with your friends and colleagues
Episode 85 – IAL at FLAVA: The Walk of Hope
In this episode of Its About Language Norah speaks with World Language Educators at FLAVA, who share the importance and impact of language on their own lives and the lives of the young people they teach.
Episode 84 – A Conversation with Thomas and Collier on Dual Language Realities
Episode 84 a conversation with Drs. Collier & Thomas. Internationally known for their research on long-term school effectiveness for linguistically and culturally diverse students.
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Episode 83 – You are Invited to… Succeed as an Adult Language Learner
Today on the podcast Norah Jones is speaking with Elizabeth Mack. Tune in for Episode 83: “You are Invited to… Succeed as an Adult Language Learner.” As an adult language learner, you can find information, opportunities, and encouragement and information in many different places, starting here on my website and listening to this episode.
Episode 82 – You Are Invited to… Prove Your Language Skills.
Language skills are a tool for life, enabling individuals to access opportunities and connect with people around the world. The languages you speak influence what jobs you might hold, where you choose to work, or even whom you meet while traveling abroad. You’re invited to listen and download Episode 82; where Norah Jones speaks with Linda Egnatz (Executive Direct of the Global Seal) about Proving Your Language Skills.
Episode 81 – You Are Invited to… Celebrate Your Heritage.
When the world is changing, it can be hard to find your way. But what if you could follow your past and future simultaneously? What if you could see where you came from and where you’re going at the same time?
That’s exactly what Norah Jones and guest Joy Peyton discuss in episode 81 of It’s About Language. In this episode, they talk about heritage languages in the US and around the world, how people of all ages find their path to language and identity, and how that can inspire us.
Episode 80 – Your Invitation to: Go Beyond Borders
Norah Jones and guest Limeteze Pierre-Gilles share the language-centered rescue and community leadership work in Haiti of the non-profit organization Beyond Borders.
Episode 79 – It’s About Language: It’s About YOU
Norah Jones introduces the new season of It’s About Language , with a call to use language to positively address our urgent social and global challenges.
Episode 78 – Opportunity, Equity, Justice
Listen here, download and share as Jenniffer Whyte shares her insights and award-winning language education ways as she explores being an Afro-Latina techer in the rural south.