Episode 108: Light a Fire

What’s your spark? How do you speak about your identity, your purpose, your gifts? Use your language to breathe life into your unique ember, and join with others to light a fire to warm the world. Humanity and hope: it’s about language.

Episode 105 Making Connections, Making a Difference: Kathy Shelton & ACTFL

Join us on a transformative journey of language connection and empowerment, regardless of your role or work in life. This episode serves as an inspiring call to make meaningful connections and discover opportunities for positive impact. By seeking and sharing stories like these, you build a ladder to lift you out of despair, illuminating your path to your unique role to play in the world.

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 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 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 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.

Introducing Jenniffer Whyte (Episode 78)

Meet Jenniffer Whyte, award-wining language educator and host of podcast “Afro-Latina Teacher in the Rural South.”

Introducing Elizabeth Mack (Episode 74)

Meet Elizabeth Mack, who turned her passion for deep language and cultural understanding into Freestyle Languages, a company dedicated to transformational language teaching and learning for individuals and businesses.

Introducing Dali Tan (Episode 72)

Learn more about Dr Dali Tan, guest on It’s About Language with Norah Jones Episode 72, focused on the necessity of language and cultural studies to create a more just, equitable, and joyful world.

Episode 72 – Let Everyone Come In

Listen here, download and share as Dali Tan provides stories and research to demonstrate how learning a new language is a true prerequisite for being fully and effectively human.

Introducing Celia Zamora (Episode 70 & Episode 62)

Learn more about Celia Chomón Zamora, guest for episode 70 focused on personal empowerment, and panelist advocacy panel episode 62 for Heritage Language Month of It’s About Language.

Episode 70 – Language as a Lifeline

Listen here, download and share as Celia Chomón Zamora shares powerful stories of language breaking down barriers and shaming to discover and celebrate identity. It’s a common story told with uncommon passion, clarity, and insight.

Episode 69 – Resilience (Republished)

Fluency Consulting Episode 69: Resilience is so strong and powerful that you need to hear it & download it. Norah Jones of Fluency Consulting is releasing it again. Agnes Tounkara of the French Heritage Language Program in NYC shares the stories of the power of immigrant youth released through language and educational effort and resilience.

Episode 69 – Resilience

Fluency Consulting Episode 69: Resilience is so strong and powerful that you need to hear it
& download it. Norah Jones of Fluency Consulting is releasing it again. Agnes Tounkara of the French Heritage Language Program in NYC shares the stories of the power of immigrant youth released through language and educational effort, and resilience.

Episode 68 – Understanding Ourselves in the World: IAL at SCOLT Part 2

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Norah L Jones taps the professional excitement, dedication, and insights of her fellow language education attendees at the SCOLT conference in Norfolk, VA.

Episode 66 – Lifelong Learning: IAL at SCOLT Part 1

Norah L Jones taps the professional excitement, dedication, and insights of her fellow language education attendees at the SCOLT conference in Norfolk, VA..

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