The Arts of Language Podcast

The Arts of Language Podcast, with Andrew Pudewa, founder of the Institute for Excellence in Writing, is a weekly podcast to support teachers of writing composition. Our goal is to equip teachers and teaching parents with methods and materials which will aid them in training their students to become confident and competent communicators and thinkers.

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Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker discuss preparing to teach Unit 7: Inventive Writing. While most writing programs start with writing from a prompt, the Structure and Style method does not teach this until later in the course. Learn why this is and discover tips for helping even the youngest writers overcome the blank page.

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In this episode, Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker talk with Sara Osborne, author of Reading for the Long Run: Leading Struggling Students into the Reading Life. Listen as they discuss her comparison of teaching reading to long distance running and the surprising rewards for both the teacher and the student when learning is hard.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

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After the fun we had with our 400th episode live question and answer, we invited some of our affiliates to join Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker for this live Q & A episode. This week Mandi Malz asked for Andrew’s advice for preparing a student for college. Alicia Brown asked which of Andrew’s articles in However Imperfectly is the most vital lesson in the book and what aspects make it particularly significant. Listen for these and other questions sent in by listeners.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

January is National Mentoring Month. In this episode Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker discuss what makes a good mentor and some mentors that they have had. Listen in as they talk about memorable experiences with mentors. Dr. Webster, Andrew’s mentor, encouraged students to mentor one another. How does that work? Does a mentor have to be older than you? This month is a perfect time to consider these questions and perhaps begin a mentoring relationship yourself.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

Listen to Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker as they discuss the Unit 6: Summarizing Multiple References teaching process. Remembering that this is a process, not a product, teachers need to model the research and writing steps with their students. The skills taught in Unit 6 may seem simple, but they form the foundation for research reports and essays.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

What skills do students need to succeed in collegiate writing? Listen to Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker discuss this brand new video course that will prepare your high school and college students for college writing. Hear why Andrew would have called this “How to spy on your professor and figure out his or her writing style and imitate it so you can get a better grade on every paper you turn in”!

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

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To kick off a new year, Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker discuss IEW’s theme for 2024: Furnishing the Mind. Listen as Andrew describes how the idea of furnishing the mind with beautiful and good things relates specifically to cultivating the skills of language arts.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

At this time of year, many people take time to reflect. It is through reflection that learning and growing occurs. In this Homeschool 101 episode, Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker have an inspiring discussion that applies to novice and seasoned homeschoolers alike about the benefits of applying the practice of reflection to homeschooling. They offer several things for parents to consider when they reflect on the last few months of homeschooling.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker talk about the purpose and history of IEW’s Twelve Days of Christmas Giving. They also give a hint about the gifts IEW is sharing. Join us!

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

Motivated by a desire to set teachers up for success, Denise Kelley, IEW Manager of Product Development, works tirelessly to ensure all IEW products and services are aligned with the company’s cornerstone product, Teaching Writing: Structure and Style. Join Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker as they discuss with Denise how her over two decades of experience at IEW have shaped her philosophy of product development.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

While many of us have reluctant writers, a few of us have passionate writers! These students find excitement in IEW’s creative Units 3, 5, and 7 and may have written a novel on the side with dreams of one day becoming published. This week Brett Harris, co-author of Do Hard Things, joins Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker. Listen to their discussion about how to make it possible for high school and college students to make those dreams of publication a reality.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

In this week’s podcast, Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker take a closer look at IEW’s Unit 5: Writing from Pictures. This unit teaches students to pull information from the brain by asking questions about a picture as a source for inspiration. Andrew points out that this same skill is applicable to looking at situations in the world and thinking about them. Join Andrew and Julie as they explain how Dr. Webster developed this unit and expound on the value of asking good questions in order to refine thinking.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

On November 13, 2023, Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker celebrated the 400th episode of the Arts of Language podcast by hosting a live event with nearly 400 guests listening. Andrew answered questions from the live audience on topics such as AI, college preparation, and the long-lasting legacy of IEW. He even told a joke. Listen to this extended podcast and hear about new products that IEW will release soon.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker continue their conversation with Dr. Scott Newstok, author of How to Think like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education. In this episode they discuss additional chapters. These fundamental habits of mind embody IEW’s mission “to equip teachers and teaching parents with methods and materials which will aid them in training their students to become confident and competent communicators and thinkers.”

GO TO PART 1

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker welcome Dr. Scott Newstok, a professor of English and founding director of the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. In this podcast they discuss his book How to Think like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education. The discussion centers around how the habits of the mind that shaped the writers, inventors, and thinkers of Shakespeare’s era can apply to education today.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

To kick off National Gratitude Month, this podcast episode highlights Ron Clark’s book The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator’s Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child. Join Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker as they discuss how teaching students the concepts outlined in the book can help students express gratitude in a myriad of situations.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

In this week’s episode, Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker discuss Unit 4, the linchpin of the structural units. As students summarize longer references, they learn important skills that they will use in subsequent units: dividing subjects into topics, limiting facts, and following the topic-clincher rule. Andrew and Julie explore how these important skills help students choose interesting, important, or relevant facts and write cohesive, thoughtful paragraphs.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

While our Homeschool 101 episodes are generally curated for people who are new to or are considering homeschooling, this episode offers wisdom for anyone who is impacting young lives, including teachers, grandparents, siblings, as well as parents. During this episode Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker explore what this wisdom entails. Andrew outlines two powerful measures to take to help students furnish their minds and cultivate their writing skills.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

In a recent study, a majority of students selected redoing assignments as their top motivation to work harder in school. Intrigued and inspired by the study’s results, Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker engage in a delightful and wide-ranging conversation in this week’s podcast about the ways that the Structure and Style checklist approach provides a concrete method for teachers to motivate students to redo assignments.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker welcome Kathleen Ray and Drew Stafford to this special podcast edition of Where Are They Now? Kathleen and Drew were classmates in the filming of Structure and Style for Students: Year 1 Level C (SSS-1C), one of IEW’s high school video courses. They join Andrew and Julie in the studio to discuss their experiences with the production and what they have been doing since.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

Join Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker as they bring to light the creative and imaginative aspects of Unit 3: Retelling Narrative Stories. They provide some history of how Unit 3 came about and how it became what it is today. Explore how students of all ages can retell, elaborate, and write variations of fables and short stories while expressing extraordinary creativity.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to Podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

In this week’s podcast Julie Walker asks Andrew Pudewa how imitation applies to teaching writing along with other questions about his talk From Copywork to Composition. Imitation is the cornerstone of excellent writing. Just as no music teacher hands a new student a blank sheet of manuscript paper and expects an original composition, writing instructors should not expect students to write without a model to imitate when they are first learning.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

Every tenth episode features questions submitted to Andrew Pudewa by our podcast listeners. Julie Walker begins this podcast by asking Andrew to tackle a question regarding the emerging AI chat technology and its effects on writing. Listen in as Andrew and Julie continue with a question about using IEW while learning English and living in a non-English-speaking country. Finally, they wrap up this week’s discussion with questions pertaining to grading and editing as well as realistic expectations for a student’s final draft.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

You can’t teach writing for long without people asking, “But what about grammar?” Most people have an extreme opinion about grammar: either start at a very early age and hammer it in year after year or believe that grammar just isn’t that important in our modern world. IEW believes that wisdom is found in the balance between the two. Join Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker in this week’s podcast as they discuss the importance of grammar and how much is enough.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to Podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

In this week’s podcast episode, Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker talk with four guests who gave exemplar speeches in IEW’s Introduction to Public Speaking video course, released earlier this year. These exemplars are model speeches for students to aspire to as they write and deliver their own speeches. Andrew and Julie go behind the scenes, discussing concepts behind the course’s development and unearthing nuggets of wisdom for teachers of public speaking.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to Podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

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The leading area of growth in IEW is the Schools Division. New Educational Consultants have been added to keep up with the growing number of schools that are excited to implement Structure and Style in their classrooms. Join Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker in this week’s podcast as they converse with Sharyn Staggers, IEW Schools Division Director. Sharyn shares how she became involved with IEW and explains how schools can connect with an Educational Consultant.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to Podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

In this week’s podcast episode, Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker welcome Karen Cuellar, one of the stellar moms behind IEW’s Structure and Style for Students program. Karen had the unique experience of having one of her children in each of the three levels during the filming of Years 1 and 2 of the program. Karen reminisces about the project, shares some of the Cuellar family’s struggles and successes, and ultimately illustrates the power of IEW’s Structure and Style method.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to Podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

Part 1: Homeschooling through high school can be daunting to some parents. In this two-part podcast, Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker discuss a few tricks and tips on hacking high school. Andrew offers a smorgasbord of ideas but cautions listeners that “you can’t do it all.” Join Andrew and Julie as they explore these ideas as well as college credits and dual enrollment.

GO TO PART 2

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

† Contains distinctly Christian content

Part 2: Homeschooling through high school can be daunting to some parents. In this two-part podcast, Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker discuss a few tricks and tips on hacking high school. Andrew offers a smorgasbord of ideas but cautions listeners that “you can’t do it all.” Join Andrew and Julie as they explore these ideas as well as college credits and dual enrollment.

GO TO PART 1

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

It’s August, and a new school year will soon begin. For IEW teachers and parents, this means returning to the beginning. The Structure and Style method starts over each year with Units 1 and 2. What benefits do students receive by revisiting these foundational skills? In this week’s podcast, Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker discuss the importance of beginning the school year with review.

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If you have questions for Andrew, send them to Podcast@IEW.com
Perhaps your question will be answered at the next Ask Andrew Anything (AAA).

If you have questions about IEW products or classes, contact customer service at 800.856.5815 or info@IEW.com

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