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ESCA FUNFUNFUNDRAISER article

If you’re looking for a fun way to get involved in raising money for charity, then the English Speaking Cancer Association has just come up with a great idea!

Rather than organizing a single event to raise funds, they are inviting the public to organize their own parties, all on the same day: 5th May, or Cinco de Mayo as they say in Spanish.

Cinco de Mayo is an annual festival in the US, originally commemorating the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on 5 May 1862. Now a relatively minor festival in Mexico, it has gained a significant following in the US, evolving into a celebration of Mexican-American culture and heritage.

With this in mind, ESCA is inviting the public to get out their sombreros, buy in the tacos and tortillas, and put on their pointy dancing boots to organize a series of Cinco de Mayo Mexican Fiesta theme parties, the likes of which Switzerland has never seen before!

To make the task easier for you, the association has provided a handy guide that will help you through the process of inviting friends and, of course, raising money: all donations from your Fiesta will enable ESCA to carry on providing emotional support and practical help to all those affected by cancer in this region – free of charge.

asperger spouse

Are you in a marriage or relationship with a person with Asperger Syndrome/ High Functioning Autism? Or do you think you are?

Would you like to talk to others in the same situation, share your experience and exchange tips on how best to manage?

If these questions resonate with you, then you should consider attending one of the upcoming meetings being organized by Cassandra, a new self-help group for spouses and partners of people with Asperger Syndrome.

Launched in September 2017 by a 48-year old mother of two, married 22 years to someone with Asperger’s, the group provides support and resources for a community of people who often feel overwhelmed by the behaviour of their partners. Wishing to remain anonymous, the founder told knowitall.ch,  

“My marriage has not been easy. When I discovered five years ago that Asperger’s might be the explanation for all those difficulties, it came as both a shock and a relief. Setting up a peer support network for partners is my way of doing something constructive with what I have learned before and after that discovery.”

tracey workshops jan16 17b

Know-it-all passport® presents workshops for:

Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children

by world-renowned specialist in education and neuroscience, Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Ph.D. www.traceytokuhama.com/about-tracey

Tracey is half Japanese-American, half Irish-Native American and is married to an Ecuadorian. Her 3 children aged 20, 22 and 24 speak fluent English, Spanish and German and some French.

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, author of “Raising Multilingual Children” and 5 other books on the brain and learning, is visiting Switzerland to present her dynamic workshops.

There are Ten Key Factors which influence every student’s success with new languages:

tracey workshops jan16 17b

The deadline to sign up for early bird discounts for Know-it-all passport®'s upcoming workshops on raising multilingual children is fast approaching!  Sign up before 23h30 on 9 January 2018 to get Fr. 35.- off the standard entry price for a single ticket, or Fr. 60.- off the entry price for a couple.

Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children

This year's workshops on raising multilingual children will be led, once again, by the world-renowned specialist in education and neuroscience, Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Ph.D.. Half Japanese-American and half Irish-Native American, Tracey is married to an Ecuadorian and has 3 children aged 20, 22 and 24, who speak fluent English, Spanish and German, and some French.

Currently working as an educational researcher in Quito as well as teaching a successful course on The Neurscience of Learning and Achievement at the Harvard University Extension School, Tracey has written numerous books on the brain and learning. Her first book, “Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children”, is especially popular with "international parents" facing the challenges of raising children in a multilingual environment.

Language acquisition: the key to success

According to Tracey, there are Ten Key Factors, which influence every student’s success with new languages:

2017 christmas church services

If you would like to attend one of the many Christmas church services happening in Geneva, Vaud and neighboring France this year, please take a look at the following list, which we have compiled from the websites of local churches. Some of them are French-speaking but most are English-speaking churches. Please check the websites before setting out, in case any of the times or locations have changed.

If your local church has not yet posted details of their services, please come back and check the article again later, as we will update the list when details become available.

If you know about other services in your area, please let us know.