Learning Language with the Book of Mormon – Dianne McLean & Karl Beckstrand


Learning Language with the Book of Mormon

Teaching Spanish using the Book of Mormon
Dianne McClean talks about teaching Spanish using the Book of Mormon and other simple tools.

Learning Language with the Book of Mormon
Award-winning publisher and ESL instructor shares how the Book of Mormon is an excellent tool for language learning. Many missionaries can attest to the power of the Book of Mormon—not only to change lives, but as a learning tool. After learning Spanish with the Book of Mormon, Karl Beckstrand is now using it to learn German.

Dianne is a gem. She came prepared with two presentations and is helping with the family church history trip planning. She came with different sets of clothes too. 🙂
We completed four presentations that day with her. First was her Learn Spanish using the Book of Mormon, next we filmed the introduction to the trip and the interview questions. Last we changed up the set and she taught us how to learn history using your own family history.
The Book of Mormon presentation was great, she had several examples and video clips. She also taught us practical ways to learn the language using at least 4 different colors to identify the verbs, pronouns, etc. In her history presentation I was amazed at the many different types of timelines she mentioned and showed (see below) It’s fun to be able to view timelines and the whole picture too. You will love these presentation. 🙂


Karl came into the home taller than expected. 🙂 He sat down and discussed his two presentations in detail and then we went in to the studio room. I did the introduction with him. I found that I ran out of questions faster because he did not have any children. But quickly found more when we talked about the children’s books he had written.
Karl completed the first presentation with me about the Book of Mormon. He had successfully learned German by using the Book of Mormon. I especially loved his vocabulary (glossary) list at the back of his book. He also wrote the pronoun charts at the front.
His next presentation was given presentation style at first and soon found that it wasn’t flowing or alive as we wanted. David sat down with him and asked him questions while he gave his presentation. It was so much better. You’re going to enjoy learning about the humanities and how ideas of how to teach them in your home.

Dianne has been homeschooling since 2003, has worked with thousands of homeschoolers and hundreds of homeschool group leaders, and participated in issues which affect the homeschool community as a whole. She specializes in working with middle to high school level groups to help prepare for college entry and is familiar with the latest developments affecting future college students. She directs a national support organization, Home Education Council of America (hecoa.com), where she leads online seminars and webinars in an innovative online setting to offer live conferences no matter where you are in the world. 

Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author of 17 multicultural books and more than 40 e-book titles (reviews by Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book blog, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. A college media instructor, Beckstrand contrasts traditional with digital book publishing.
He has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. Beckstrand’s nationally lauded Y.A. stories, e-book mysteries, ESL/ELL Spanish/bilingual books, nonfiction, and wordless books feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Costco, Deseret Book, iBooks, The Children’s Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, the U.S. Congressional Record, Papercrafts Magazine, and various broadcasts. FB, Twitter, http://PremioBooks.comhttp://KarlBeckstrand.com

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