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French Classes Recommence!

monday, February 3, 2014 - Surrey and Vancouver 

Register now for classes in Surrey or Vancouver.

For more details on group and private classes,
 please contact us: info@word-nerd.ca

Classes start the week of Monday, February 3, 2014.

French Classes Recommence!

monday, september 9, 2013 - Surrey and Vancouver 

Register now for classes in Surrey or Vancouver.

For more details on group and private classes,
 please contact us: info@word-nerd.ca

Classes start the week of Monday, September 9, 2013.

Book Launch!
Word Nerd proudly presents...
Not About the Medal
...the first book in its Education line

Book Launch & Author Signing: Saturday, April 28, 2012 

Three-time Olympian Leah Pells releases her book
Not About the Medal. After just missing a bronze
in the 1996 Summer Olympics by a half-second,
Leah was thrilled, not disappointed.
For her, the Olympic dream symbolized more than a ranking
-but a triumph over a tumultuous upbringing
in the single-parent of an alcoholic.

 "Some people said, 'You were so close to a medal. Too bad,' states Leah. "Those people don't really know me.
They don't know where I've been or come from."

For more details, please contact us: info@word-nerd.ca

Perfect Pronunciation Workshop Series

Saturday, February 19, 2011 - SFU Vancouver

Love French?
Loathe your Accent?

Pass yourself off as a native French speaker by learning how to pronounce properly. All your hard work to learn French will be minimized if people misunderstand you. Avoid this frustration by completing the six-part Perfect Pronunciation Workshop Series. Each workshop is independent of the other, so you can take them in any order you like.

Next Workshop Contents:
Phonetic Practice
These workshops focus on specific sounds and teach students how to identify and reproduce them.

Workshop 4 - February 19, 2011

• Block G: The French “R” Most English-speakers find the R in French difficult to pronounce. It can cause great stress. Learn how to pronounce it, so it rolls off the tongue. You will also learn which position in words makes it more or less sonorous.

• Block H: The “E” in French: e/é/è The sounds e, é and è are studied in detail, especially the difference between é et è.

French Fanatic Workshop

Saturday, january 15, 2011: 9am-5:30pm



On January 15, attend the French Fanatic workshop and jump start your language skills.

At this interactive one-day workshop, you will learn how to think in French and also how to save yourself time, money and years' worth of needless frustration and stagnation in your language pursuits. You will also discover the tools you need to succeed, so you struggle less and enjoy the language more!

With two instuctors on hand, you will have access to the best of both worlds:
1.) clear instruction in English
2.) authentic practice in French

SFU - Harbour Centre - Vancouver
515 West Hastings Street,
Vancouver, BC

9am-5:30pm

Space is limited.
Please register online here.

"I learned more today than I did after 18 months of continuing education classes. Like night and day. Truly.
I wish I had come across this workshop sooner."
— Lynn Fuhr, Red Letter Films


Perfect Pronunciation Workshop Series

Saturday, january 29, 2011 - SFU Vancouver

Love French?
Loathe your Accent?

Pass yourself off as a native French speaker by learning how to pronounce properly. All your hard work to learn French will be minimized if people misunderstand you.

Avoid this frustration by completing the six-part Perfect Pronunciation Workshop Series. Each workshop is independent of the other, so you can take them in any order you like.

Next Workshop Contents:
Phonetic Practice
These workshops focus on specific sounds and teach students how to identify and reproduce them.

Workshop 3 - Saturday, January 29, 2011

• Block E: Vowel and Consonant Combinations and their Pronunciations
The French pronounce words as groups rather than independently from each other. Words link together according to a consonant-vowel-consonant structure or vowel-vowel combination. Learn how it all works!
• F: Pronunciation Changes: C and G
The pronunciation of Gand Cin French could vary depending on the vowel that follows. This workshop focuses on how to get it right.

Workshop 4 - Saturday, February 19, 2011

• Block G: The French “R”
Most English-speakers find the R in French difficult to pronounce. It can cause great stress. Learn how to pronounce it, so it rolls off the tongue. You will also learn when its position makes it more or less sonorous.
• Block H: The “E” in French: E/É/È
The sounds e, è et é are studied in detail, especially the difference between è et é.

Workshop 5 - Saturday, March 5, 2011

• Block I: The “OU” vs “U”
Learn how to differentiate between the French “OU" et “U.”
• Block J: The “E” and “EU”
French learners often neglect to distinguish between the sounds “E" and “EU.” Learn how not to be one of them!

Workshop 6 - Saturday, March 26, 2011

• Block K: The Nasal Sounds: ON/AN/IN
This workshop tackles an often troubling sound combination for non-native speakers of French. Learn how to pronounce this three nasal sounds once and for all.
• Block L: Les Semivowels: oi/oin – ien/ian – euil/ail/eil/ille/ouille
French contains many sounds combinations. Learn about semivowels, how to recognize them and how to pronounce them better.

Instructor:
Thanks to her unique training, our pronunciation specialist knows what French sounds pose particular problems to non-native speakers and, most importantly, how to fix them. She aims to have you speaking the language as well as she does!

Location:

SFU - Harbour Centre - Vancouver
515 West Hastings Street,
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Canada

Time: 9am-12:30pm

Space is limited.
Please register online
here.


French Classes Recommence!

Monday, November 1, 2010 - Surrey and Vancouver 

Register now for classes in Surrey or Vancouver.

For more details, please contact us: info@word-nerd.ca

Classes start the week of November 1.


Perfect Pronunciation Workshop Series

Saturday, November 6, 2010 - SFU Vancouver

Love French?
Loathe your Accent?

Pass yourself off as a native French speaker by learning how to pronounce properly. All your hard work to learn French will be minimized if people misunderstand you. Avoid this frustration by taking the Perfect Pronunciation workshop series.

Thanks to her unique training, instructor Céline Foucher knows what French sounds pose particular problems to non-native speakers and, most importantly, how to fix them. She aims to have you speaking the language as well as she does!

Vous aimez le francais ?
Mais vous detestez votre accent ?

Faites-vous passer pour un locuteur natif en apprenant comment bien prononcer dès maintenant ! Tous vos efforts pour apprendre le français ne seront pas récompensés si les gens ne peuvent pas vous comprendre. Évitez-vous cette frustration en suivant les ateliers “Perfect Pronunciation."

Grâce à son expérience unique, elle sait quels sons français posent problèmes aux non-natifs et, plus important encore, comment les maîtriser ! Elle a bien l’intention de vous faire parler français aussi bien qu’elle.

SFU - Harbour Centre - Vancouver
515 West Hastings Street,
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Canada

9am-12:30pm

Space is limited.
Please register online
here.


3rd Annual French West Conference

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - SFU Vancouver

On Saturday, October 16, attend the 3rd Annual French West Language Learning Conference and kick start your French!

At this interactive one-day workshop, you will learn how to think in French, avoid word-for-word translation and acquire an authentic accent. Additionally, we will teach you how to save yourself time, money and years' worth of needless frustration and stagnation in your language pursuits. You will also discover the tools you need to succeed, so you struggle less and enjoy the language more!
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Sessions Available.

SFU - Harbour Centre - Vancouver
515 West Hastings Street,
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Canada

9am-5:30pm

Space is limited.
Please register online here.

"I learned more today than I did after 18 months of continuing education classes. Like night and day. Truly.
I wish I had come across this workshop sooner."
— Lynn Fuhr, Red Letter Films


French Classes Recommence!
 Surrey and Vancouver

Register for classes in Surrey or Vancouver.

With two instructors teaching you the language,
you'll have access to the best of both worlds:
1.) clear instruction in English
2.) authentic practice in French.

For more details about private and group lessons, please contact us: info@word-nerd.ca

Classes start the week of September 13.

www.word-nerd.ca

CPF Speech Contest - SFU Surrey

May 8, 2010

At SFU Surrey, Parents attending the CPF Speech contest can meet Robyn Matthew, the author of the book Language Logic, and learn how to improve their children's French by improving their own!


UBC Speaker Series - Techniques to Learn Any Language

April 20, 2010

The University of British Columbia has invited "The Word Nerd" to its present at its speaker series. Come attend the Techniques to Learn Any Language seminar.

See you there!


8th Annual Conférence En Français Luncheon

April 15, 2010

At the luncheon for the 8th Annual conférence en français, see Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser receive the Baldwin-Lafontaine Award.


Marché français - CPF New West. chapter

March 30, 2010

Again this year, Canadian Parents for French - New Westminister chapter is hosting a marché français where you will discover numerous French resources. Come by The Word Nerd booth and learn about workshops and classes starting in April at both our Vancouver and Surrey locations.

OMLTA Conference - Toronto


Ontario Modern Language Teacher Association Conference

March 25-27, 2010

This March, find Robyn in Toronto at the Ontario Modern Language Teacher Association conference.


March French Workshop

Saturday, March 20, 2010: 9am-5:30pm



Celebrate la journée internationale de la francophonie at the French Fanatic workshop!

On March 20, attend the French Fanatic workshop and jump start your language skills.

At this interactive one-day workshop, you will learn how to think in French and also how to save yourself time, money and years' worth of needless frustration and stagnation in your language pursuits. You will also discover the tools you need to succeed, so you struggle less and enjoy the language more!

With two instuctors on hand, you will have access to the best of both worlds:
1.) clear instruction in English
2.) authentic practice in French

ATC - Academy of Language and Training Centre
626 West Pender Street - The London Building
Suite 720 (7th floor)
Vancouver, BC

9am-5:30pm

Space is limited.
Please register online here.

"I learned more today than I did after 18 months of continuing education classes. Like night and day. Truly.
I wish I had come across this workshop sooner."
— Lynn Fuhr, Red Letter Films


French Classes Start: Vancouver and Surrey

Tuesday, January 25, 2010

Register for classes in Surrey or Vancouver.

With two instructors teaching you the language,
you'll have access to the best of both worlds:
1.) clear instruction in English
2.) authentic practice in French.

For more details about private and group lessons, please contact us: info@word-nerd.ca

Classes start the week of January 25.

www.word-nerd.ca


January French Workshop

Saturday, January 9, 2010: 9am-5:30pm

Start your New Year's and your language-learning off right!

Attend the French Fanatic Workshop and save yourself time, money and years' worth of needless frustration and stagnation in your French pursuits. With two instructors, you'll get the best of both worlds:
clear instruction in English and authentic practice in French!
Struggle less, enjoy the language more!

Location:
Alaya International Training Centre
Suite 720 (7th floor) - 626 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC

Space is limited. Please register online here.

"I learned more today than I did after 18 months of continuing education classes. Like night and day. Truly.
I wish I had come across this workshop sooner."
— Lynn Fuhr, Red Letter Films


Robyn on the Radio

Friday, January 1, 2010

Tune into the Christy Clark Show on CKNW 980 at 1:30pm
to hear Robyn Matthew, author of Language Logic,
discuss why language learning is a fantastic New Year's resolution!


French Fanatic workshop

Saturday, November 28, 2009: 9am-5pm

At the French Fanatic Workshop, save yourself time, money and years' worth of needless frustration and stagnation in your French pursuits. Struggle less, enjoy the language more! With two instructors, you'll get the best of both worlds !
Location:
Alaya International Training Centre
Suite 720 (7th floor) - 626 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC
Space is limited. Please register online here.


Canadian Parents for French

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"How to help your child when you don't speak French" Information Session, 7pm-8:30pm Meet Robyn and learn how the book Language Logic can help you improve your child's French by improving your own! Then, have your copy signed!


BCTEAL Conference

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Once again, Robyn attends the BCTEAL conference and talks to teachers about improving their students study skills.


French Fanatic Registration Opens

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Start registering for your French lessons for 2010! Two locations: Vancouver and Surrey!
info@word-nerd.ca


AACE eLearning Conference, Vancouver

October 26-30, 2009

Robyn checks out all the latest and greatest eLearning ideas and technologies on the market.


Surrey International Writers' Conference

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Author signings from 5:30pm-7pm: meet Robyn and have your copy of Language Logic autographed and personalized!


BCATML Conference

Friday, October 23, 2009

Robyn joins BC modern language teachers for their annual conference.


CPF Parents' Night

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The New Westminster Chapter of Canadian Parents for French welcomes Robyn to Ecole Glenbrook Middle School for a French-themed Parents' night.


2nd Annual French-for-the-West Conference

Saturday, October 17, 2009

At the French-for-the-West conference,
save yourself time, money and years' worth of needless frustration and stagnation in your French pursuits.
Struggle less, enjoy the language more!

Saturday, October 17, 2009
SFU Harbour Centre - Vancouver
9am-5pm

Limited seating. Register Online here!
For more information, please contact: info@word-nerd.ca


SFU Invited Speaker

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

SFU invites Robyn to speak at the Graduates Studies information night at Harbour Centre. The event starts at 5 PM in room 1400-1430. See you there!


Robyn on the Radio: CKNW 980 News Talk

September 7, 2009

Back-to-School Special:

On the Christy Clark show, join Robyn Matthew, author of the book Language Logic, as she discusses techniques and strategies to learn any foreign language.

Sign up here for the September Learn Any Language workshop and also for news bulletins on future workshops. For more information, please email: info@word-nerd.ca or call: 604-970-2287


French Fanatic program begins!

September 15, 2009

With the French Fanatic program, save yourself time, money and years' worth of struggle in your French pursuits!

Register now for September classes and workshops! Beginner, intermediate and advanced levels! Individual, private or group lessons! At your office or ours! Two Instructors with complementary skills at your disposal! Questions answered in your language of choice!

For more information, please email: info@word-nerd.ca or call: 604-970-2287


Pronunciation Perfection Classes!

September 2009

Word Nerd Ltd. welcomes French instructor Céline Foucher from France!

Now in Canada, she will be delivering elite French language training to clients. Her work will complement the French Fanatic program by putting students' newfound language skills into action.

Thanks to her unique training, she knows what French sounds pose particular problems to non-native speakers and, most importantly, how to fix them! No more telltale English accent! No more word-for-word translation! She aims to have you speaking French as well as she does!


Word Nerd Expansion!

August 2009

Word Nerd prepares for the launch of its first book from its Education division! Who's the author? Here's a hint: She's a local school teacher and three-time Olympian!


On the Road

July 2009

The Word Nerd takes her skills on the road, hitting San Diego, Seattle and Chicago!


Saint Jean-Baptiste Day

June 24, 2009

It's Saint Jean-Baptiste Day, and what better way to celebrate than with another French Fanatic workshop! (Private event - To register for the next workshop, please add your email address to the list!)


Grade 12 French provincial exams

June 2009

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Robyn's involvement in the correction of the Grade 12 French provincial exams!


NAFSA Conference, Los Angeles, USA

May 24-29, 2009

At the 2009 NAFSA convention, 'Word Nerd' and author Robyn Matthew discusses her book Language Logic and its benefits for all adult and adolescent language learners!


CBC Radio Canada

May 13, 2009

CBC Radio Canada films 'The Word Nerd' for a documentary on the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver!


University of Toronto

April 24, 2009

University of Toronto invites 'The Word Nerd' to speak to its second language learning students!


Canadian Bureau of International Education

Saturday, April 16, 2009

CBIE invites Robyn to train its staff to succeed in any language.


Ontario Modern Language Teachers Conference

APRIL 2-4, 2009

With great fanfare, Robyn returns to the OMLTA Conference!


Book Tour

APRIL 1, 2009

Robyn departs on a three-week book tour to Ontario!

Tour Dates:

  • Toronto: April 1-7, 2009
  • Ottawa: April 7-18, 2009
  • Toronto: April 18-24, 2009

French Fanatic Workshop

MARCH 14, 2009

After the success of Februarys' workshop, Robyn conducts another!


Discover the secrets of successful French language learners at this month's French Fanatic Worshop!

FEBRUARY 28, 2009

8:30am-4:30pm Simon Fraser University - Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Space is limited. Register now!


Business Today Show - Surrey, BC

February 25, 2009

As Master of Ceremonies at the Business Today Show, Robyn helps raise money for the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Eaglequest Golf Course
7778 - 152nd Street Surrey
1:00pm -8:00pm


Breakfast Television - Calgary

February 9, 2009

Calgary language learners set your televisions to CityTV at 8am to watch 'The Word Nerd' sit down with Dave Kelly, host of Breakfast Television!


Ministers of Education Directors' Conference - Plenary Session - Calgary

February 6-8, 2009

2009 Ministers of Education Directors' Conference invites Robyn to deliver the keynote speech!