Come to southwest France with me in 2020! (Come on pilgrimage, or for yoga & language immersion, or for both)

Pilgrimage to SW France – April 23-30

I’m leading a pilgrimage to southwest France this April, together with the Rev. David Wacaster, Rector of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, and John Spencer of Wonder Voyage.

You may not know that in addition to being a French teacher, I was a longtime spiritual director and am a graduate of Shalem’s Spiritual Guidance Program. It is a true honor and delight for me to be collaborating in the planning and leadership of this pilgrimage.

Join us for a fun, prayerful, discovery-rich time of shared experience. From Toulouse & Bordeaux to the Chemin de Saint-Jacques (el Camino de Santiago de Compostela) and Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, Plum Village & Saint-Just-de-Valcabrère, we’ll be opening ourselves up the sacred in the places we visit as well as in ourselves and each other.

To learn more & to register, go to bit.ly/Pilgrimage2France.

 

2nd Annual Yoga & Dual-Language Immersion in Agen, France – May 2-8

Last year was such a blast—and so successful in terms of language & cultural exchange—that we absolutely had to do it again. Half of our participants are French and the other half are American. It’s dual immersion for grown-ups with yoga to support and integrate the learning and acquisition. Such fun! Yoga teacher Galen Tromble, English teacher Judy Dubois and I are thrilled to be offering this again, with the help of local yoga teacher Sophie Coat and massage therapist Susan Barg. Learn more and register at frenchenglishyoga.com.

 

Join our 2019-20 cohort – “Teaching with Culturally Responsive CI”

Deadline for registration is TONIGHT – 11:59 pm PT. Don’t miss out on excellent, extremely affordable, professional development that takes you step by step through the whole school year!

Anna Gilcher, PhD - Changing (My) Life with French

Rachelle and I are so excited to have launched a credit-bearing online course for language teachers!

We take you step by step along a success path to develop your Culturally Responsive CI teaching practice.

Content is shared weekly over 12 months. Each week’s instruction only takes an average of 20 minutes.

Through crystallized learning modules, curated resources, concrete
actions you can take in your classroom, and guided reflection, we walk
you through the 5 stages of Teaching with Culturally Responsive
Comprehensible Input:
1. Understanding CI
2. Providing CI
3. Witnessing Progress
4. Trusting the Process
5. Deepening Your Culturally Responsive CI Practice

Course Cost – $250 (less than $5/week!)
…or 4 payments of $62.50
1-4 Graduate-level credits available from University of the Pacific.

  • Engaging with the modules over the course of the year earns you one
    graduate-level credit with no additional work required.
  • Each additional graduate-level credit requires a 3-page…

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Join our 2019-20 cohort – “Teaching with Culturally Responsive CI”

Rachelle and I are so excited to have launched a credit-bearing online course for language teachers!

We take you step by step along a success path to develop your Culturally Responsive CI teaching practice.

Content is shared weekly over 12 months. Each week’s instruction only takes an average of 20 minutes.

Through crystallized learning modules, curated resources, concrete
actions you can take in your classroom, and guided reflection, we walk
you through the 5 stages of Teaching with Culturally Responsive
Comprehensible Input:
1. Understanding CI
2. Providing CI
3. Witnessing Progress
4. Trusting the Process
5. Deepening Your Culturally Responsive CI Practice

Course Cost – $250 (less than $5/week!)
…or 4 payments of $62.50
1-4 Graduate-level credits available from University of the Pacific.

  • Engaging with the modules over the course of the year earns you one
    graduate-level credit with no additional work required.
  • Each additional graduate-level credit requires a 3-page, typed,
    single-spaced narrative report.
  • 1 Graduate-Level Credit : $62/Completion of course modules
    No further work or documentation is required.
  • 2 Graduate-Level Credits: $124 / 6-page reflection paper
  • 3 Graduate-Level Credits: $186 / 9-page reflection paper
  • 4 Graduate-Level Credits: $248 / 12-page reflection paper

For more information & to register go to elevateci.com
Registration open only until November 1, 2019.

Elevate CI Success Path (1)

Fall French classes begin 9/16

Ready to win a gold medal?

It’s our 25th wedding anniversary today, and we’re in Montreal for a week to celebrate and remember what it’s like to be just the two of us now that our 2nd child has left for college. We couldn’t resist getting photos of each of us “winning” a gold medal. See a picture of my husband George at the end of this post. 

Fall French classes are starting up on September 16, and as usual, I’m offering them both in person and online via Zoom video conferencing (very much like being in person!). Take a look at the French class page on our website: elevateeducationconsulting.com/your-brain-can-learn-french. Highlights for the fall session include:

  • In-person classes for adults (and teenagers) for all different levels, including a special Speak and Write with Savoir Faire: Refining Your French class for solid French speakers who want to take their French to the next level, intermediate & advanced conversation-based classes, and of course a continuing advanced beginner class.
  • Online classes for brand-new beginners as well as advanced beginners/intermediates.
  • Advanced French for French Teachers (online) – begins 10/1. In this online class, you will have a chance to use your French in a richer way, connect with other teachers, and experience what it’s like to be receiving Comprehensible Input at an intermediate/advanced level. (More information available here.)

If you’re ready to register, you can click here.

Don’t hesitate to email me with any questions – anna.gilcher@gmail.com.

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Things I Didn’t Know

It’s been one year since my neighbor Rob was killed by police in our neighborhood while on his daily walk. Here is the piece I wrote then; here is a news piece covering how we marked that anniversary.

I’m sharing below a powerful piece by James Mulholland that helps us understand the background of why my walking through my neighborhood and his walking through that same neighborhood lead to such different outcomes.

Note To My White Self

Nine years ago, I began to slowly awaken to my racial prejudices and white privilege.  It was a rude awakening.  During the past three years, I’ve blogged about that journey from racial ignorance.  Recently, someone asked me what have been the biggest surprises along the way.  What do I know now that I didn’t know before?  What follows is a short list of some of my bigger epiphanies and the posts where I shared these revelations.

I didn’t know that for a short period after the Civil War black people made significant progress in political and economic terms.  I didn’t know we had black US Senators and Representatives, that many southern states had black legislatures, that black literacy rates skyrocketed and blacks make significant economic gains.  I didn’t know about the reign of terror necessary for whites to end this moment of possibility, murdering thousands of black men, women and…

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Summer French & Spanish classes

Your Brain Can Learn French!

Summer French classes are starting up on July 8, and as usual, I’m offering them both in person and online via Zoom video conferencing (very much like being in person!). Take a look at the French class page on our website: elevateeducationconsulting.com/your-brain-can-learn-french. Highlights for the summer session include:

  • In-person classes for adults (and teenagers) for all different levels, including a special Speak and Write with Savoir Faire: Refining Your French class for solid French speakers who want to take their French to the next level, intermediate & advanced conversation-based classes, and of course a continuing advanced beginner class.
  • A new in-person kids’ class! Tuesdays 2:45-3:45 pm. I currently have two middle-schoolers in this class and I’m looking for at least two more kids to make it a go.
  • Online classes for brand-new beginners as well as advanced beginners.
  • Advanced French for French Teachers (online) – In this online class, you will have a chance to use your French in a richer way, connect with other teachers, and experience what it’s like to be receiving Comprehensible Input at an intermediate/advanced level. (More information available here.)

If you’re ready to register, you can click here.

Your Brain Can Learn Spanish!

The next session of Rachelle’s Spanish classes starts up on July 8 this summer as well, again both online and in person—and she’s got lots of options for you! Believe me when I say that you will not regret spending an hour a week in her company. You’ll learn a ton and you won’t believe how much fun you’re having.

Take a look at elevateeducationconsulting.com/your-brain-can-learn-spanish.

She’s also got an online Advanced Spanish for Spanish Teachers class running this summer. This is your chance to improve your Spanish in a non-judgmental environment, connect with other teachers, see what’s it’s like to be in a comprehensible-input based classroom at an intermediate/advanced level, and get lots of ideas about how to run your own classes.

If you’re ready to register, click here.

6-week French classes start week of 4/23

Bonjour tout le monde! I’m starting up a new 6-week session of my Advanced French for French Teachers class on Tuesdays 7:45-8:45 pm ET on 4/23.
As usual, we’ll have a different (short) resource/reading each week, each one connected to one of the six AP themes. This is a great way to refresh your French while having fun —and while getting ideas for teaching these same texts in your own classroom.
I’m also starting up a new 6-week session of Beginning French. It’s a brand-new class aimed at people who’ve had no French, so if you’ve been wanting to see what it’s like to be in a CI classroom as a beginner, this is a great opportunity to try it out for six weeks. We’ll be meeting Thursdays 4:15-5:15 pm ET starting 4/25. 
Please let friends & colleagues know about these special 6-week classes. Direct link to register here or go to elevateeducationconsulting.com/your-brain-can-learn-french and click on “register now.”