Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Maurice Hazan's QTalk Method - who can use it?

Unique, multi-modal visual tools for teaching language.
 For the past twenty-five years Maurice Hazan has been developing and improving on his visual teaching method.

Symtalk customers are now contacting us to ask how they can begin to migrate to QTalk.

Elementary Spanish and French teachers often tell colleagues about QTalk. We know the middle school and high school teachers are talking about us too.

"Julio drinks orange juice."

How do we know you are talking about QTalk? It's easy: we get a dozen phone calls or emails the day you mention us at a teacher workshop or faculty meeting. "I asked for tips on getting my students more engaged, more interested in learning Spanish, and someone mentioned QTalk," or "I saw my friend's son on his iPad playing Spanish practice games online and he said it was QTalk."

Girl in picture is thinking about a birthday cake for her friend.
What is she thinking?
Often the teacher doesn't even know the name of the person who mentioned QTalk - so we don't even know how to contact you and say thank you. But believe us, the gratitude is enormous.

Unlike major publishers we don't have a big advertising budget. Our marketing department is YOU.

So how does QTalk work? Who can use it?

How does QTalk work?

The QTalk Method begins with the most simple of concepts: a picture is truly worth a thousand words. A QTalk Method teacher uses visual prompts - whether individual images, a sequence of images, a scene or a sequence of scenes - to engage students interactively - remaining in the target language 90% of the time. 

QTalk uses visual images to aid in memory encoding and recall.
For more details, visit, but in a nutshell, that's what it's about. The students are speaking 90% of the time, and the teacher is NOT lecturing or explaining.
Teacher uses Q-Cards to introduce vocabulary in complete sentences.
 The teacher is asking questions, directing attention, providing encouragement, and expressing joy and support whenever a student makes even the smallest attempt to express himself or herself in the target language. Corrections are provided in the form of echoing and sandwiching - you'll learn those techniques as part of the process.

Parent helps child using QTalk Online Games
As a teacher using the QTalk Method, you'll LOVE your classes when you see the students lighting up like stars, filled with confidence and pleasantly amazed at themselves.

Who can use QTalk?

Anyone. Our main customer base remains the K-8 Spanish and French language classes in private and public schools here in the United States.

Today, with an expanded set of original publications and online subscriptions along with Maurice Hazan's QTalk student printed books and online flipbooks, as well as magnetized flashcards, classroom games and many other manipulatives and innovative teaching tools, there is actually no  limit to the situations where QTalk can help you achieve success as a language teacher or tutor.

Middle schools, high schools and summer language camps are adopting QTalk for their Level 1 Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and ESL classes. Dozens of tutors are using QTalk Tree books and materials in small group or one on one instruction with college students and adults. An increasing number of homeschool families have adopted QTalk to make the home into a language lab - fun for the whole family!

What's next?

Teens love QTalk.K-8 Spanish and French is where we began. Our Tribeca Language school in Lower Manhattan is teaching toddlers as young as two and seniors in their 80's and beyond. For the QTalk Publishing company, we remain focused on the K-12 schools in the United States, and we are expanding to offer tools for tutors and homeschool families, as well as online solutions for those who are teaching remotely. QTalk Publishing is a sole source provider. Even as we expand and extend the QTalk products and subscriptions, we remain committed to promoting world language education from PreK all the way through high school, for every student.

We will try to come to your teacher conference - please invite us!
rowse the QTalk books and watch demonstrations at our exhibit table.Call us at 1-877-549-1841, option 1. If we don't answer live, please leave a voice mail. We'll be back in touch within a very short while - a few minutes most days, or on a busy day it could be a few hours. Visit our website, register to get free samples and access our Online Games sampler free of charge. Watch our videos on YouTube. Consider supporting our next fundraiser: we will need additional support to complete the Smartphone app and the innovative new QTalk Blocks platforms already in development. Schedule a webinar for our QTalk Education Specialist to present how QTalk as a replacement or supplement can help your school solve any problems you are experiencing with existing curriculum or methods . Engage Maurice Hazan to present a workshop at your next conference or teacher training session. Tell your friends and neighbors about QTalk. We are so grateful for all you are doing, and look forward to continuing our journey together.

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