New for (almost) spring

It feels like spring today, and my energy is higher than it’s been for a while. Windows are open and I can smell a whole new season.

So, I’ve updated my website! Take a look at

New offerings this (almost) spring include a 2-part webinar through Fluency Matters in March and new openings in my intermediate conversation classes (see photo above). Click here to contact me for more information.

I’m looking forward to traveling to Vancouver, Portland, and Oklahoma City from February 23 to March 4 to present with Rachelle Adams at the Vancouver Secondary Teachers Association, the Vancouver School Board Languages Conference, and the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching. It will be a special treat to get to see colleagues and friends in Portland in between the two conferences.

Rachelle and I were also delighted to be asked to be the keynote speakers at the GWATFL (Greater Washington Area Teachers of Foreign Language) Spring Immersion Day on April 29. More info can be found here.

Here are the titles of the presentations/workshops. Let me know if you’d like more information.

  • Vancouver Secondary Teachers Association – Vancouver, BC – February 24, 2017. “Illuminating Identity: A Necessary Condition for Reconciliation.”
  • Vancouver School Board Languages Conference – Vancouver, BC – February 24, 2017. “90% for the Other 99%: Increasing Meaningful Student Engagement
  • Southwest Conference on Language Teaching – Oklahoma City, OK – March 2-4, 2017. “Rewriting the Story: Upending Bias through Language Learning” with Comprehensible Input.”
  • Fluency Matters two-part webinar March 15 and 28 at 7 pm EST: “Rewriting the Story: Upending Bias through Language Learning.” (Register here.)
  • KEYNOTE SPEAKERS! GWATFL Spring Immersion Day 2017 – Greater Washington Area Teachers of Foreign Language – National Cathedral School – Washington, DC – April 29, 2017. Multilingual ≠ Multicultural: Challenging Assumptions in the World Language Classroom” 

Preview class for beginning French group (adults): 12-1 pm on Monday 1/30

Class on 1/30 is a one-hour preview class for $40 with no obligation. Thereafter, we will be continuing as a semester-long closed group class.
Join us! You’ll be delighted to find how quickly and easily you can acquire French. You can read more about me, and about my approach, on my website:
Contact me here to register or to learn more.

Injustice Boycott

I spent yesterday moving and singing and speaking in community at an InterPlay celebration of Dr. King led by Caroline Blackwell and Masankho Banda. I left with greater determination than ever to do my part. I will not be, as Dr. King writes in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”: “the white moderate who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says, ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action;’ who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”

I signed up with Shaun King’s Injustice Boycott when it was unveiled, and now the time for action has come. Shaun King is an impressive and thoughtful organizer. It is time to take action, and to stand strong, and to support each other in an organized way–not just with petitions and phone calls (although they have their place). This is the new Montgomery Bus Boycott. You may be shocked to see that two progressive cities, New York and San Francisco, are being boycotted. But this is because we need to demand more from our so-called “progressive” leaders. Did you know that New York is one of only two states in the nation that automatically prosecutes all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults? Did you know that the San Francisco Police Association has blocked the passage of crucial reforms supported unanimously by the SF Police Commission? The Injustice Boycott is a thoughtful and fair approach to righting wrongs. The cities can be taken off the boycott list by meeting reasonable demands. And businesses that take a stand in favor of these demands will be put on a “Buycott” list and given public support and endorsement by the organizers and participants in the Injustice Boycott.

Beginners French Group Now Forming in Silver Spring: Daytime Mondays

Are you ready to learn French? Have you been waiting for the right opportunity? An adult beginners group is now forming on Mondays during the school day (exact time to be determined). Please contact me via my website to let me know you’re interested (

Your brain really can learn French! As I say on my website, these lessons work for all ages and brains… and you’ll find yourself acquiring French with no pain or misery.

If we have a group of 6 or more, cost will only be $40/hour (rather than $100/hour for one-one-one)…. and if we write a semester-long contract, there is a 10% monthly prepay discount available, which brings the cost down to $36/hour.

À bientôt, j’espère!

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