We Teach Languages Episode 20: Language Supervision and Creating Professional Development Opportunities with Noemi Rodriguez

In episode 20, Caleb Howard interviews Noemi Rodriguez, a language supervisor in New Jersey, about the trends and challenges she has observed both in her position as supervisor and in her work as a language teacher. Noemi also discusses her passion and process for creating professional development opportunities for language teachers. 

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2017/09/15/we-teach-languages-episode-20-language-supervision-and-creating-professional-development-opportunities-with-noemi-rodriguez

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We Teach Languages Episode 19: Finding your Professional Community and Staying in the Target Language with Caleb Howard

In episode 19, Stacey talks with Caleb Howard about the impact professional development has made in his teaching career and teaching practice. After attending his first ACTFL convention in 2012, Caleb reevaluated his target language use with his early language learners and started a blog to help others use 90%+ target language in the classroom..

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2017/09/08/we-teach-languages-episode-19-finding-your-professional-community-and-staying-in-the-target-language-with-caleb-howard

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We Teach Languages Episode 18: Technology, Performance, and a Proficiency-Oriented Curriculum with Catherine Ousselin

In episode 18, Stacey interviews Catherine Ousselin, a French teacher from Washington state who holds the distinction of being the 2017 Pacific NW Council for Languages Teacher of the Year.  She is also a finalist for the ACTFL Teacher of the Year honor for 2018 and an avid technologist. Catherine discusses specific technologies and classroom practices that she employs in her classroom, including some specific examples of tasks and performance assessments that motivate students to develop proficiency in French.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2017/09/01/we-teach-languages-episode-18-technology-performance-and-a-proficiency-oriented-curriculum-with-catherine-ousselin

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We Teach Languages Episode 17: Making Research More Accessible to Teachers with Gianfranco Conti, Part II

Stacey wraps up her conversation with Gianfranco Conti, a well-known MFL (Modern Foreign Language) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher and teacher developer. We talk about a few of Gianfranco's tips for how to maximize student learning and focus on long-term progress.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2017/08/25/we-teach-languages-episode-17-making-research-more-accessible-to-teachers-with-gianfranco-conti-part-ii

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We Teach Languages Episode 16: Making Research More Accessible to Teachers with Gianfranco Conti, Part I

In episode 16, Stacey interviews Gianfranco Conti, a well-known MFL (Modern Foreign Language) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher and teacher developer. He has taught languages all over Europe and in Malaysia, and has a deep knowledge of both research and practice. In his blog, Gianfranco synthesizes research on language teaching and learning to make it more accessible to teachers. We talk about useless things language teachers do (e.g. error correction) and ways to improve student learning (e.g. recycle, recycle, recycle).

This episode contains Part I of our conversation, and next week, episode 17 will be Part II. 

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2017/08/18/we-teach-languages-episode-16-making-research-more-accessible-to-teachers-with-gianfranco-conti-part-i

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Interview with Bill VanPatten and Lee Forester

Did you know that I (Stacey) work on another podcast in addition to We Teach Languages? It's called Leading Lines, and its mission to explore the future of educational technology in higher education. Last year, I had the opportunity to interview two of my colleagues who both happen to be accomplished textbook authors: Bill VanPatten and Lee Forester.  Bill, Lee, and I talked in depth about the role of digital resources and textbooks in the language classroom. It's a fast-paced and lively discussion, and I think many We Teach Languages listeners will love it. You can find the episode here.

We Teach Languages Episode 15: The Voc/zes podcast with Liz Lake and Stephanie Hernandez

In episode 15, Stacey turns the microphone around on Liz Lake and Stephanie Hernandez, two faculty members in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Minnesota who started a podcast in order to provide their students with meaningful, authentic listening opportunities. They discuss their work and invite listeners to use their podcast episodes in their own classrooms. For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2017/08/11/we-teach-languages-episode-15-the-voczes-podcast-with-elizabeth-lake-and-stephanie-hernandez

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We Teach Languages Episode 14: Making the Transition to Authentic Resources and Proficiency with Lisa Shepard

In episode 14, Stacey talks with Lisa Shepard, a language teacher who, over the course of her 29-year teaching career, has successfully transitioned from verb conjugations and traditional tests to authentic resources and performance assessments. Lisa shares her own journey as well as practical advice for teachers interested in teaching for proficiency. For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2017/08/03/we-teach-languages-episode-14-making-the-transition-to-authentic-resources-and-proficiency-with-lisa-shepard

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