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.