Congratulations to Nathan Hopson of the Dept of Chinese and Japanese at Grinnell College who won last week’s free book Basic Spoken Chinese by Cornelius Kubler! Thanks for entering, Nathan. We’ll raffle off another free book this Friday so don’t forget to visit again or sign-up to have the blog delivered to you automatically on Friday morning.
It’s academic conference season, and on Friday I’m driving down to Sturbridge, MA for MaFLA, the annual conference and exhibit of the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association. Many states have a language teachers’ conference in the fall, and it’s inspiring to spend a few hours in a room full of a 1,000 people speaking different languages. Check out your local state or regional foreign language teachers organization to find out when your local show takes place and if it’s open to the public.
When you visit the exhibit hall, especially if it’s in one of those lonely hours when all the teachers are in training sessions, you’ll find publishers who’re eager to share new books with you. And most things are on sale for a big discount. This year, Richard Delacy, author of our Elementary Hindi and Hindi in a Flash is co-presenting a workshop titled Methods for Teaching Non-Latin Script Languages.
On Wednesday, I’m traveling down to Manhattan to visit the foreign-language buyer at Barnes & Noble. Not all bookstores actually have a language specialist who selects what goes on their shelves. Barnes & Noble does, which is why they have a very intelligent selection of language books. On the way, I’m hoping to have time to stop in at Idlewild Books one of the few independent foreign language bookstores. When you’re in Manhattan, make sure it’s on your itinerary.