In episode 50, Stacey asks “Besides proficiency in the language, what do you want your students to learn in your language classroom?” We all want our students to learn  language. However, there are other things students can and should learn through language study. In March, at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) annual meeting, Stacey asked attendees this question. The answers Stacey recorded reflect teachers’ diverse perspectives and fall within the scope of existing research on what students learn when they study a language.


Show Notes

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This episodes guests include…

…Joe Uriz is a 22-year veteran teacher at Baggett Elementary in Georgia and active in professional organizations like FLAG and AATSP. You can reach out to Joe by email

…Daphne Hrib has taught high school French for 20 years. You can reach out to her by email.

…Adam Rambin has taught ESL and Spanish at the high school level for a total of 15 years. You can reach out to him by email.

…Sandrine Hope has been teaching French at the secondary level for 7 years, and you can reach out to her by email.

…Amanda Romjue has been teaching for 10 years at the college level and recently launched a new blog at You can also reach her at her own blog at

Previous WTL episodes featured in episode 50…

We Teach Languages Episode 43: Common Misconceptions in English Language Teaching with Ryuko Kubota

We Teach Languages Episode 45: Thematic Units and Social Justice with Anneke Oppewal and Jennifer Wooten


Resources on this topic from around the web…

What the research shows from ACTFL

Top Ten Reasons to Learn Languages from the Lead with Languages site

5 Proven Benefits of Learning a New Language from Travel & Leisure magazine

Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism from the Telegraph

5 Unexpected Benefits of Learning another Language from Business Insider

Why Bilinguals are Smarter, an article from the New York Times

Important of Language from Trinity Washington University

Bilinguals find it easier to learn a third language from Science Daily

7 Life Lessons Language Learning Will Teach You from Living Language


P.S. For more information about my own research on transformative learning, you can check out my 2015 book or my 2010 article, and on May 9, 2018, I am doing a webinar for ACTFL co-sponsored by the Culture SIG and the Social Justice SIG. If you happen to be a member of ACTFL AND of those SIGs, you can watch the recording of that webinar for free.

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