We Teach Languages Episode 148: The Role of the Teacher and the PD Facilitator with Florencia Henshaw and Maris Hawkins

In ep 146, Stacey sits down with Maris Hawkins and Florencia Henshaw to dig into the role of the teacher in the language classroom and the facilitator in professional development. What is the teacher or leader supposed to do? How does the facilitator ensure learning happens? What is our job? Dig into these topics with Maris, Florencia, and Stacey, and then be part of the conversation by connecting with us over Twitter or Facebook.

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We Teach Languages Episode 147: NFLC Panel on the TELL Learning Experience Domain with Henny Chen, Catherine Ousselin, Carmen Scoggins, and Thomas Soth

In ep 147, Greta Lundgaard moderates a panel discussion with experienced language teachers Henny Chen, Catherine Ousselin, Carmen Scoggins, and Thomas Soth as part of the monthly virtual teacher panel from the NFLC (National Foreign Language Center). Each month, this series gathers a different group of experienced teachers via video conference to discuss a domain of the TELL (Teaching Effectiveness for Language Learning) framework. The panel considers questions including: How do we build up a feeling of trust and respect? What sequence of learning activities and learning targets is most effective in online and socially distanced face-to-face classroom? How do you decide what parts of the curriculum to focus on and which to let go?

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We Teach Languages Episode 146: NFLC Panel on the TELL Environment Domain with Marta Silva, Georges Chahwan, Natalie Stamper, and Elizabeth Matchett

In ep 146, Thomas Sauer leads a panel discussion with four language educators,  Marta Silva, Georges Chahwan, Natalie Stamper, and Elizabeth Matchett, as part of the monthly virtual teacher panel from the NFLC (National Foreign Language Center). Each month, this series gathers a different group of experienced teachers via video conference to discuss a domain of the TELL (Teaching Effectiveness for Language Learning) framework. We Teach Languages has partnered with NFLC to disseminate these panel discussions in audio format as well. In this episode, the panel considers questions such as: How do you create positive relationship with students in online and hybrid environments? How can teachers collaborate with students to create a safe environment? How do we focus on language performance under the constraints of an online/hybrid format? What is the role of intercultural thinking in language learning?.

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We Teach Languages Episode 145: Bilingual Learners’ Language Practices with Nelson Flores

In ep 145, Dr. Stephanie Madison interviews Dr. Nelson Flores, Associate Professor of Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. Nelson in particular looks at the intersections of language and race in a bilingual education context. In this interview, Nelson describes the harm that racialized students experience as a result of policies and common practices in bilingual education and breaks down some of the historical context for the current state of English language education in the US. He also discusses issues in heritage language education by unpacking some of expectations placed on Latinx heritage speakers in Spanish language classrooms.

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We Teach Languages Episode 144: Turkish German, Immigrant Authors, and Afrofuturism in Germany with Priscilla Layne

In ep 144, Stacey interviews Dr. Priscilla Layne about her teaching and research, both of which include the language and literature of immigrant and Black German communities. Priscilla describes how her background influences the way she interacts with and teaches texts and how that might be applicable in language classrooms. She also talks about Black German Afrofuturism and how this genre helps us imagine a new future. Teachers of German will find specific texts, authors, and examples in this episode, but all language teachers will find useful practices and ideas for centering target language users from diverse communities.

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We Teach Languages Episode 143: Highlighting Black Communities and Culture in the Spanish Classroom with Regina O’Neal

In ep 143, Stacey invites Regina O'Neal, a secondary Spanish teacher and department head, to share her award winning presentation from MFLA, NECTFL, and ACTFL. Regina discusses concrete ways she highlights Black culture and communities in her Spanish classroom by connecting with other content areas and community resources, by discussing aesthetic beauty, and by guiding students to appreciate Black art and literature..

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We Teach Languages Episode 142: Language Legitimacy and Imagining New Educational Contexts with Jonathan Rosa

In ep 142, Dorie Conlon Perugini interviews Dr. Jonathan Rosa about his work exploring race, language, and education. Jonathan discusses what sorts of language practices are deemed legitimate in educational contexts, and how language teachers participate in institutions that are not serving multilingual students. In this episode, listeners will find new ways of thinking about language education and students' language and literacy practices.

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We Teach Languages Episode 141: Accent, Race, Work, and Teaching Pronunciation with Vijay Ramjattan

In ep 141, Stacey interviews Dr. Vijay Ramjattan, a scholar of accent, race, and work. Vijay talks about how racialized international teaching assistants communicate in their second language and the listener's role in comprehensibility. Implications for teaching pronunciation in any language are also discussed. Language teachers who want to take a critical approach to pronunciation instruction will find thought-provoking and useful suggestions.

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We Teach Languages Episode 140: Heritage Language Maintenance with Angelica Amezcua

In ep 140, Stacey interviews Angélica Amezcua, a PhD candidate at Arizona State University and the author of a recent paper on how classroom instruction affects heritage language learners' motivation to maintain their language. Angélica discusses why some language communities in the US have low ethnolinguistic vitality and how state policies create conditions that prevent bilingual students from maintaining their home language. Angélica also shares her research on classroom strategies that heritage language teachers can adopt to promote language maintenance and community connection. 

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