In episode 58, Steve Smith discusses principles for language instruction that will help teachers navigate the complexity of the current post-methods era. Between book/blog writing, academic study, and classroom teaching, Steve is a perennial source of useful information for language teachers.
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Steve Smith was a French teacher for 33 years, and continues to write books, blog, create resources (frenchteacher.net), speak, and train teachers. He is a visiting lecturer for the University of Buckingham, UK, the author of Becoming an Outstanding Languages Teacher (Routledge, 2017), and co-author of The Language Teacher Toolkit (Createspace/Amazon, 2016) along with Gianfranco Conti who was featured in episodes 16 and 17. You can reach out to Steve by email, or on Twitter @spsmith45.
Resources mentioned on the show…
…Dylan William on formative assessment
…Doug Lemov’s website and Twitter @Doug_Lemov
…12 principles of second language learning from Steve’s blog
…Michael Swan’s intensive input/output work
…Steve’s web resources about using texts
…Steve also mentioned his co-author Gianfranco Conti whose blog The Language Gym is a terrific, research-based resource, and was featured in a two episodes last year on the podcast.
Episode 16: Making Research More Accessible to Teachers with Gianfranco Conti, Part I and Episode 17: Gianfranco Conti, Part II
And look at Steve’s blog post about his interview experience!
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