Elizabeth is knowledgeable and has a wealth of information to share! Her passion for teaching language is inspiring. I've learned so much from her in such a short period of time. I can't wait to apply all the new ideas, techniques and tools she's given me. Merci beaucoup Elizabeth!

Keynotes and Breakouts

These are the talks available for Keynotes and Breakout Sessions.  They may also be part of longer workshops and trainings.

Language with the Five Senses

Keynote, One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Language is not merely words and grammatical structures but how humans interact with each other and the world around them. Human interaction is essential for acquiring language and a person must feel and experience the language with all of the senses to build language pathways in the brain.

Language and Learning in the Brain

Keynote, One Hour Talk, Half-Day

All learning is a sensory experience. Our sensory receptors in our bodies receive information through the specialty sensory receptors and in turn, those receptors send that information to the brain. This talk goes over exactly how our brains learn, and why our brains are wired to learn language through a very specific process.
This talk also covers Neuroplasticity, Neurodiversity, and Growth Mindset.

Global Citizenship Education and Culturally Responsive Teaching

Keynote, One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Global Citizenship Education is meant to help us understand why we think the way we do and explore culture shapes our thinking as we relate to others in the world. Culturally Responsive Teaching helps teachers build trusting relationships with students that validate their home languages and cultures.

Note- this talk can be adapted for training in workplaces, groups, and other non-education settings. 

Performance Based Learning Through Thematic Unit Study

Keynote, One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Multiple case studies have shown that students show greater knowledge and progress through thematic unit study and project-based assessment than through testing. Further, students are more apt to retain information when engaged in experiential learning.

Making the World Your Classroom

Keynote, One Hour Talk, Half-Day

International travel with children/students can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! International travel is a journey in empowerment, self-discovery, and most importantly – human connection.

Teaching Vocabulary for Fluency

Keynote, One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Traditional methods teach vocabulary in lists of words to memorize-which studies show is not effective. The Language with the Five Senses method facilitates fluency in learners through engaging the senses to send stronger messages to the brain.

Decolonizing Your Curriculum

Keynote, One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Decolonizing curriculum refers to rethinking, reframing, and reconstructing curricula that favor the White and European "Colonial" lens to include all cultures and knowledge systems in the curriculum.  

Playing with Language

One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Learners are more likely to retain new information in the longterm memory when they are having fun! Games that practice specific skills reinforce those skills for long-term retention.

Let's Get Talking!

One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Fluency comes first from understanding receptive input. Students must develop a strong foundation of receptive fluency before they can begin to speak. This foundation is developed through activities that scaffold language so students have early communication tools.

Literacy in the L2

One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Studies show that literacy and reading to children is essential in the early years of language development in the brain. The importance of early literacy in L2 is just as essential. 

Music in the Language Classroom

One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Music is a huge part of teaching culture and can be an incredible motivator for students. Music can be used in a variety of ways in the language and global citizenship classroom to give students a glimpse into that culture’s social messaging, ideals, and what’s “in.” Music and rhythm also help students put new information directly into the longterm memory.

Cooking and Culture

One Hour Talk, Half-Day

Food is part of every culture. Every culture has a traditional dish, or specific practices around mealtimes. Integrating recipes and food into your thematic units and individual lessons adds richness to the learning experience and motivates students. In addition, food projects are linguistically rich.