10 Better Together

Get connected with others learning your target language. With collaborative activities you can share knowledge, gain confidence and make learning fun. Guest: Language and culture acquisition professor and coach Lauren Vitrano-Wilson (M.A. TES0L & Teaching of Spanish)

09 Big Picture Planning

Ask crucial questions to create a long-term plan that helps you define daily tasks, achieve goals, and gain confidence. Guest: SLA trainer and coach Carol L. studied at Fuller Seminary and Wheaton’s Institute for Cross-Cultural Training.

08 Tone Deaf

Don’t let a tone language trip you up. As a leading expert on tone, today’s guest delves into the basic fundamentals of tone languages and explains how a focus on tone patterns can be a game-changer in language learning. Guest: Linguistics consultant and professor Keith Snider, Ph.D.

07 Majority and Minority

How do you learn a minority language when a majority language is common ground? A pre-immersion strategy can guide learning and open doors through relationship-building. Guest: SLA consultant and teacher Pam Echerd (M.A. Linguistics)

06 Moms Away

Are children a help or a hindrance in language learning? A mom of 3 leverages both pregnancy and motherhood to navigate gender roles and gain cultural insight and build solid relationships in a tribal setting.  Guest: Melissa S. (M.A. Linguistics)

05 Gray Matter Matters

Cooperate with your brain to activate dopamine and eliminate neurotoxins.  Whether you’re learning vocabulary, managing language helper sessions, or telling stories fun, rest and the shame game play significant roles.  Guest: SLA consultant and instructor Pam Echerd (M.A. Linguistics)

04 The Arabic Dynamic

What is it about Arabic that challenges learners? Guest Katja J. (M.A. Applied Linguistics) addresses specific hurdles including the dilemma posed by Modern Standard Arabic. All can benefit from her experience using a comprehension-based approach for both grammar and phonetics.

03 Flying Solo

Play to your advantage as a single language learner presented with unique opportunities and challenges. Hear how a single woman builds relationships and gains fluency in Arabic in the Middle East. Guest: language coach and consultant Jozeca L. (M.A. Applied Linguistics)

01 Off and Running

Land on your feet in a country with early-on strategies, activities and decisions! Practical advice will help you navigate relationships and communication even with limited language. Guest Amy G. trained at the Center for Intercultural Training and is ESL certified.