Monday, October 12, 2015

Maurice Hazan presents at ACTFL 2015 in San Diego

Maurice Hazan, creator of the QTALK Method presents:

"The Brain, Visuals, Speech and Using your Smart Board"

ACTFL San Diego - Friday November 20, 2015

 4:30 p.m. in Room E31

Planning to attend ACTFL? Don't miss this chance to see Maurice's full presentation, updated to reflect the latest discoveries and technology support for his widely adopted, scientifically grounded teaching method.

Come to booth 1537 - Maurice will be there waiting to meet with you.

And also please remember - we would like to give you a free trial of the QTalk Digital Suite, now with simplified licensing options. Try it with your students - you will be amazed at the results.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

QTalk vs SymTalk - what is the difference?

We have been receiving inquiries from teachers who are using SymTalk, the method originally created by Maurice Hazan in the late 1990's. The teachers are asking, "What is the difference between SymTalk and QTalk?"

Comparing QTalk to Symtalk? Consider these key points:

  • Only QTalk offers 3000 new visuals including hundreds of concepts that are very challenging to visualize, as well as our unique "double card" concept.
  • Only QTalk provides full interactive digital lessons with audio for Smartboards and other interactive whiteboards, including downloadable printable worksheets, teacher training and technical support with renewable maintenance.
  • Only QTalk provides "cloud-based" online games and assessment tools, with online flipbooks including iPad support, allowing students to practice all aspects of the language.
  • Only QTalk customers enjoy a dynamic relationship with a team of linguists that respond to all your needs and questions.
  • Only QTalk offers an expanding series of tools for all ages, from toddler through adult, with new high school/college tools to practice levels 1, 2 and 3 topics.
  • Only QTalk products, books and materials are tested and refined in our own classrooms at Tribeca Language.
  • Only QTalk continues to expand our language instruction method to additional languages, age groups and topics.
  • Only QTalk customers have direct access to the author (myself Maurice Hazan, for onsite inservice training sessions, webinars, telephone and email discussions.

Here is a more detailed statement from Maurice Hazan, the author, to help explain the history of the two methods. This was posted on the QTalk website until we moved to the new website in 2015. We reproduce the statement in full, so that there will be a clear understanding of the relationship between QTalk and SymTalk teaching methods (created by the same author, SymTalk in the late 1990's and QTalk beginning in 2009 and continuing into the present and future).

Dear Teacher,
 Sometimes I am asked why I am no longer able to sell SymTalk products or books I authored years ago. It is of course possible to transition gradually. Please email me at any time.
I created the Symtalk series in 1992. I sold it to EMC Paradigm in 2004 and no longer have any affiliation with the company. I am sorry to say I can no longer personally guarantee the quality of the products or customer support. In 2006 I decided to open my own language school, Tribeca Language, in New York City. The past few years have been tremendously productive. I am now realizing my dream of perfecting my approach, now called the QTalk® method.
With our team of linguists, language instructors and programmers, I have developed an amazing series of brand new concepts, incorporating new visuals, new technology, and new insights from my personal experience in the classroom for the past twenty-five years (and counting).
Over the years, teachers like you have contributed wonderful ideas, feedback and requests that guide all our QTalk product development. QTalk keeps getting better: Now we offer more stories, more intuitive visual mnemonics, and stronger support of the ACTFL standards.
And there's more coming soon: QTalk is preparing the next generation language learning technology as we continue to revolutionize the field of language acquisition.
As a teacher, education reformer, entrepreneur and author, I will never stop improving upon QTalk.
My goal is to make this method even more intuitive and effective for teachers and students.
My mission is to revive and awaken the language module within everyone.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Should STEM programs compete with World Language programs?

Why would there be competition between World Language and STEM?

Here at QTalk we are STEM fans - that is, we love Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics! It is wonderful to see that schools at all levels are increasing the number of challenging programs to develop these essential skills. But we are startled to find out at times that world language program resources are considered to be less important than the resources devoted to STEM. In this case, there is synergy, rather than competition. STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics - can be taught  most successfully when a child's level of language acquisition and language-related cognitive development is very well nurtured. The fact is, a child who commands multiple languages, is primed for rapid mastery of these technical skills. What are programming languages, after all? They are languages.

 Why not trilingual?

According to the pubication French Morning, "Bilingual education is booming! More and more parents understand the benefits of a bilingual education for their children, changing the face of so many schools in the city and the country." We applaud this trend. But there is no need to stop at bilingual. With the right approach, any child will easily master three, four or more languages. This is normal in many parts of the world. However in the United States there is a huge challenge because monolingual school administrators and parents do not always appreciate the importance of encouraging multilingualism. In some cases it is assumed that the few hours of language class during the school day or in after-school or summer programs, is insufficient to develop language fluency. The fact is, with the right teaching method, children learn very rapidly, with a permanent language foundation they can build on for a lifetime.

Maurice Hazan helps a student using Q-Card.

Language Learning delivers STEM success

The most innovative educators are adopting new methods that reflect how the human brain actually works. Unfortunately the major publishers are unable to respond rapidly to the new discoveries in brain science. This makes the contributions of small sole-source publishers even more critical, because there is no bar to rapid innovation. To prepare our chidren for the world of tomorrow, the most effective and engaging pedagogy is essential. The human brain's capacity for learning is enormously impacted by the environment and teaching method. We can help the brain develop its full potential not only for language, but for related abstract thinking and semantic systems such as computer programming, scientific research, engineering and data manipulation. Teaching STEM without the cognitive foundation is a huge mistake. Unfortunately many administrators are failing to recognize how language learning delivers the cognitive skills for STEM success.

To learn more abou the QTalk Method of language instruction, visit or call us any time at 877-549-1841.

See QTalk in Action

Maurice Hazan presents at Bilingual Fair in New York City on Oct 3, 2015

In his presentation at 2 p.m. on October 3 at Hunter College bilingual fair, Maurice Hazan, linguist and author of QTalk, will demonstrate techniques to implement principles of semantic memory at home and in the classroom. In collaboration with Dr Geraci at NYU Dept. of Neurology, M. Hazan and his team have articulated an effective way to create spontaneous speech with children and adults. Anyone who believes visuals can be useful to teach 1, 2 or 3 languages  will first hand experience Hazan’s method by learning Japanese in this short session.
use immediately at home or in the classroom.

See you on October 3 at 2 p.m. - tell your NYC contacts about Maurice Hazan's presentation

Registration for the October 3 2015 bilingual fair at Hunter College (68th and Lexington) is available online at
If you have been wanting to see Maurice's full presentation and are based in the Greater New York City area, this will be a wonderful opportunity. Please share this message with your social media and professional online communities.
Early bird, Late bird, and onsite registration are available. Children are admitted at no cost. All campus guests will require a visitors pass. A visitors pass can be obtained only at the Visitors Center in the West Lobby by presenting valid ID and a purpose for entering the 68th Street campus.

Language Classes in Lower Manhattan's Wonderful Tribeca Neighborhood

Maurice Hazan is the Founder of Tribeca Language, Creator of the QTalk Method, and CEO of QTalk Publishing, LLC. After graduating with a degree in child psychology from Faculté des Sciences Humaines in Nice, France, Maurice began teaching French in the US and started experimenting with his unique supplemental tool creations in class. He soon found that his tools were popular with fellow teachers.  Today, Tribeca Language school has emerged as the premier school language in New York City, and Maurice Hazan’s Q-Talk Method is used worldwide in thousands of classrooms.

Tribeca Language offers group classes and private lessons for thirteen languages, using the QTalk method of language instruction for children and adults. Located in Lower Manhattan at 22 Harrison Street. Call 212-219-9893 or register online at QTalk is an amazing visual method that uses cognitive science to accelerate language learning. QTalk is based on a series of intuitive images representing subjects, verbs, objects, places, conjugations and much more. We invite children to interpret these images, as they are placed side by side, in the form of sentences. A simple technique of introduction allows children to immediately understand their meaning. From the very first lesson, children 4 years and older are able to interpret and construct sentences. Gradually, children are invited to interpret scenes and stories. QTalk Publishing provides curriculum and materials to the most prestigious private and public K12 schools worldwide. The program consists of a hard copy and electronic workbook, flash cards, game boards and a series of online games. Contact for details or call 877-549-1841.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

QTalk is Moving!

QTalk is moving to a new website
QTalk is moving to a new website!
Moving day arrives. All the boxes are packed, the mail is forwarded, the last goodby to the next door neighbor, then off we go to our new home. Well, this move is actually a little easier - we did not need to find a way to pack the dishes or empty the shelf of mystery clutter in the back of the hallway closet.
This move - this move to a new website - makes each page as easy to navigate, and as simple as possible, with product pictures and brief descriptions.
Our new eStore uses a very streamlined and secure checkout process using any major credit card.
And of course you can still call and place orders by phone, or fax your school purchase order, the same as before.

As for snail mail, everything needs to go to our New York City headquarters, which is also the home of our sister company, Tribeca Language.

The updated W9 has been sent to all the school business contacts but if we missed you, please reach out and we'll be glad to send. If an order or remittance goes to the former address in Enfield, CT it will be returned to sender, as the mail forwarding has expired.

Moving is fun! Not only do we have a new website, but the Online Games have moved to a more powerful server, with integrated access to our online flipbooks, so that the new World Language Digital Suite is enormously easy to use, with an amazing number of new games, including now text-based games to practice and demonstrate writing skills.
We hope you will move forward with QTalk. Your magnetic Q-Cards and classroom games remain as effective as ever, and now QTalk can help you succeed, utilizing that digital whiteboard, Apple TV, iPad cart or your school's new BYOD (bring your own device) initiative.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Which language would you like to learn or improve? (Facebook users special offer.)

QTalk World Language Digital SuiteFacebook users - we have a special offer for you!


Go to our Facebook page and send a private message with your email address and the language you would like to learn or improve.

We will respond to your message with an individual student login to our QTalk World Language Digital Suite - good for 30 days - no cost, no obligation.

All we ask is that you play the games and browse the flipbooks, check out all the features, and report any errors to us so we can fix them.

Also please keep telling your friends and neighbors about QTalk. 

See you on Facebook.


QTalk World Language Digital Suite is here!

QTalk World Language Digital Suite

The new QTalk World Language Digital Suite is nothing short of amazing. Now for the first time students will be able to browse their QTalk student book online with the same login they use to play the QTalk Online Games. Check out our special Facebook offer.
QTalk World Language Digital Suite

QTalk clicking game helps to practice and learn vocabulary

QTalk Coloring Game
Children learn Spanish colors with the QTalk Coloring Game

QTalk sentence builder strengthens listening comprehension.

QTalk World Language Digital Suite has hundreds of games.

Expand the menu to see game details

Learn vocabulary with or without the text.

How many different sentences can we make with these words?Word match games help students read in Spanish.