Episode 101 – The Costs of Ignoring Language and Culture: Bennett Whitehouse (Risk Analyst)

“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)”

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 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.

Introducing Jenniffer Whyte (Episode 78)

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

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.

Episodio 77 – IAL a la AATSP: Enseñar el idioma vivo

For this third and final episode from the AATSP conference in Puerto Rico, Norah Jones shares participants’ stories that could only emerge from the heart of their native Spanish language.

Episode 76 – IAL at AATSP: Building Inclusion

Listen here, download and share as Norah Jones captures the excitement of attendees of the AATSP conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Episode 75 – IAL at AATSP: Celebrating Community

Listen here, download and share as Norah Jones captures the excitement of attendees of the AATSP conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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.

Episode 74 – Freestyle Languages: Opportunity and Joy

Listen here, download and share as Elizabeth Mack of Freestyle Languages shares stories of growth, opportunities, and joy through effective language and cultural study.

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