About John De Mado
John De Mado has been a vocal advocate for language acquisition in the United States for many years. Beginning his foreign language studies in high school, Mr. De Mado attended Montclair University in Upper Montclair, NJ. There, he received his BA and teaching certification. During that time, John was selected to participate in an immersion experience in Grenoble, France sponsored by Princeton University. He began his French and Spanish teaching career in the state of New Jersey, simultaneously completing his MA degree in French language and literature at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT. His degree was funded in part by the French government. Mr. De Mado then undertook his second French and Spanish teaching assignment in Connecticut. He also served on his local Board of Education, spearheading a successful campaign to implement a K-5, content-related Spanish program.
After several years of classroom experience in both public and independent schools, John began his career in educational publishing, serving as Senior National Consultant for Foreign Languages and ESL, Foreign Language Marketing Manager and Editorial Director for Foreign Languages.
Mr. De Mado has authored several text book programs, including ¡Avancemos! and Bien dit!, both published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, as well as composed and recorded a series of instructional French and Spanish rap CD/DVDs entitled La Boutique Magique, Une Boum Cool, ¡Festejemos!, and ¡Somos Campeones!, respectively. Each features original raps designed to transmit specific linguistic functions and related vocabulary, structure and syntax.
In early 2018, John's latest professional development book for language educators, entitled In Search of Language: Enhancing Language Acquisition in the Classroom will make its debut.
Mr. De Mado directs John De Mado Language Seminars, LLC, a full-service consulting firm dealing exclusively with language acquisition issues. John has consulted to the US Department of Defense Schools in Europe and conducted workshops throughout the United States as well as abroad. A member of several national, regional and state language organizations, John is best known for his motivational keynotes, provocative conference sessions and insightful professional and staff development workshops. You may visit John’s website at www.demado-seminars.com for further information.