All posts by Judith Dubois

About Judith Dubois

I’m Judith Logsdon-Dubois. My father, an officer in the U.S. Navy, brought me presents from Japan, France, Brazil, wherever he had been. I dreamed of travelling around the world seeing the places he told us about. In college I majored in French and also studied German, Spanish, Greek and Latin. I joined the Peace Corps to teach English in Cameroon, married a Frenchman there and stayed. I moved with my family to France in 1984 and began teaching English in afternoon and evening classes for adults. I acquired a DEA in English literature and taught translation for an antenna of the University of Bordeaux until 2005. In 1995 I passed the CAPES and the aggrégation in 1997. I taught at Lycée de Baudre in Agen until last year. I have translated two books from French to English for the publisher One World and I wrote a biography of a Baha’I pioneer which was published in England this year. I have also had short stories published in American magazines. I first heard of TPRS in 2005 and, like Stephen Krashen, I’m convinced it’s the most effective method to teach languages in use today. I organized the first TPRS workshop in France which was held in Agen in August, 2013. Participants came from seven different countries. I am now organizing the third Agen Workshop, which will open on July 27th, 2014 and last five days.

Agreeing to Disagree

Agreeing to Disagree

An experienced teacher knows her students, their culture and their needs and her own personality and possibilities better than anyone else. No one can make her decisions for her. If what she is doing is working, if her students are acquiring language, no one can criticize it. If it’s not working, she knows it before anyone else.

Why should you go to Agen, France to learn about TPRS?

Lunch is our secret weapon. Agen is at the heart of a region reputed for its good food and there is almost a surplus of excellent but inexpensive restaurants. We encourage participants to choose one and go to lunch together. Instead of grabbing a sandwich and rushing back, we want them to take their time over lunch, to enjoy the food and process what they have seen and learned, sharing their thoughts and exchanging ideas, asking questions and giving themselves time to absorb a very different way of viewing their profession.

The Magic of the Agen Workshop

The Magic of the Agen Workshop

This year we are being honored by the presence of Blaine Ray, the man who invented TPRS, Diane Neubauer and Mike Coxon from the United States, Charlotte Dinscher from Germany, Kristin Plane and Iris Maas from the Netherlands, Sabrina Sebban-Janczak from France, Alina Filipescu from Roumania, Cathy Bu from Australia, Marguerita Perez-Garcia from Venezuela by way of New Zealand, Jayne Cooke from Great Britain and of course, the wonderful Beniko Mason Nanki from Japan. Agen is the truly international conference where people from around the world come together in harmony and share their ideas, talk over their difficulties and leave with renewed faith in human nature.