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Episode 40: Teaching English to Diverse Learners in in China with Yang Yu

Ningxin Zheng interviews Yang Yu, a graduate student in English Language Education who has previously taught diverse learners in China including peers at the college level and middle schoolers at a school for the blind.  Yang discusses a range of topics including showing respect for learners, maintaining student interest in learning, and teaching pronunciation.

Episode 39: The GLCA Shared Languages Program with Gabriele Dillmann

Stacey interviews Gabriele Dillmann, an associate professor of German at Denison University, a liberal arts college in Ohio. Gabriele is the director of the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s Shared Languages Program, a project that aims to address issues facing upper-level under-enrolled language courses as well as broadening the course offerings for lesser-taught languages.

This episode also includes BONUS content! After you listen to the episode, check out the show notes for an additional 10 minute clip about the technology that makes Gabriele’s innovative work possible.

Episode 38: Phonetics, Phonology, and Teaching Pronunciation with Gillian Lord

Stacey talks with Gillian Lord, professor and chair of the Department of  Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Florida, about her work researching and teaching pronunciation.

Episode 37: A #langbook Crossover on The Keys to Planning for Learning with Laura Terrill

In a special crossover episode, we get to hear an excerpt of Lisa Shepard’s interview with Laura Terrill about the book The Keys to Planning for Learning. This interview took place on Thursday January 25, 2018 as part of the #LangBook Twitter chat series and is available on YouTube in its entirety. Check out the show notes for the link!

Episode 36: A Departmental Shift to IPA-based Units with Rich Madel

Stacey asks Rich Madel, a secondary Spanish teacher and department chair in Pennsylvania, about how he and his colleagues moved from a textbook-based curriculum to IPA-based units that build on authentic resources using backward design.

Find the transcript for this episode here.

Episode 35: Teaching English and French to English-speaking Students with Laura Parker

Stacey talks with Laura Parker about her experiences teaching both English and French to native English-speaking students. Laura discusses the overlaps between the two types of language teaching and some the challenges that ELA (English Language Arts) teachers face in the US high school context.

Episode 34: Assessments, Affect, and Proficiency Goals with Raul Rosales

Danielle Dorvil interviews Professor Raul Rosales Herrera, Associate Professor of Spanish at Drew University. Raul discusses his perspective on excellent language teaching and the goals he and his institution have set for students.

Episode 33: 2017 Year End Wrap Up

Stacey talks about how the podcast grew in 2017, some of the themes and highlights from the year, and how listeners can get involved as guests and contributors in 2018.

Episode 32: Reflective, Principled, Proficiency-Oriented Teaching with Walter Hopkins

Stacey shares an interview with Walter Hopkins, instructor and assistant director of the Michigan State University Spanish language program. Walter discusses his perspective on excellent language teaching, unpacks some of the issues faced by new language instructors, and explains how his language program has developed around proficiency goals.

Episode 31: Blogs, Novels, and Teachers Sharing their Work with Maris Hawkins

Stacey chats with Maris Hawkins, a middle and upper school Spanish teacher who has used class novels, graphic novels, and free voluntary reading in her classes, as well as a variety of technologies to make student learning visible. Maris is also a prolific blogger and discusses how we can all share what’s happening in our own classrooms as well as get ideas and resources from other teachers sharing their work.

Find the transcript for this episode here.

Episode 30: Fear of Failure, Twitter, and Virtual Reality with Patrick Murphy

Jose Luis de Ramon Ruiz interviews Patrick Murphy about how his teaching has changed during his nearly 20 year career teaching language courses at the university level. In their conversation, they touch on how Patrick uses Twitter to connect students to real-time culture as well as his future plans for virtual reality as a learning tool. Patrick also discusses how being afraid to fail can keep teachers from taking important risks in their classrooms.

Find the transcript for this episode here.

Episode 29: Teaching Vocabulary for Acquisition with Joe Barcroft, Part II

Stacey continues her interview with Joe Barcroft, a professor and researcher specializing in vocabulary acquisition, discussing principles six through ten from his 2012 book Input-Based Incremental Vocabulary Instruction (TESOL International Association).

This episode contains Part II of our conversation. Last week, episode 28 was Part I.

Episode 28: Teaching Vocabulary for Acquisition with Joe Barcroft, Part I

Stacey interviews Joe Barcroft, a professor and researcher specializing in vocabulary acquisition. His articles appear in journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning, The Modern Language Journal, Foreign Language Annals, and others. In this interview, we discuss the first five of his ten principles for vocabulary acquisition from his book Input-Based Incremental Vocabulary Instruction (2012, TESOL International Association).

This episode contains Part I of our conversation, and, next week, episode 29 will be Part II.

Episode 27: Teaching Intercultural Communicative Competence Across the Age Range with Manuela Wagner

Stacey talks with Manuela Wagner all about her new book, Teaching Intercultural Communicative Competence Across the Age Range: From Theory to Practice (Multilingual Matters, 2017) co-edited with Michael Byram and Dorie Conlon Perugini. Manuela describes how this collaborative, practice-oriented work came to be and how it might be useful for teachers.

Episode 26: Teaching Communicative Latin and Maintaining your own Language with Justin Slocum Bailey

In episode 26, Stacey talks with Justin Slocum Bailey about his work as a teacher, consultant, and teacher developer. Justin discusses teaching Latin communicatively, and then answer a listener question about how how teachers can maintain their own proficiency in the language they teach.

Episode 25: Responding to a Listener Comment on Tests

In episode 25, Stacey responds to a comment from a listener about whether tests have any place in the language classroom. Stacey recalls some previous interviews in which tests were discussed, and gives two examples of how tests might be applied effectively to help students interpret and retrieve language.

Episode 24: Advocacy, the Seal of Biliteracy, and Steps We Can All Take with Amanda Seewald

Caleb Howard interviews Amanda Seewald, a teacher, coach, and curriculum developer in New Jersey, about her experiences advocating for world languages and for her students, including how her advocacy work led to the signing of the Seal of Biliteracy into law in 2016.

Episode 23: Performance Assessment, Can Dos, and ACTFL resources with Paul Sandrock

Stacey asks Paul Sandrock, Director of Education at ACTFL, about performance assessment. Why should teachers use performance assessment, how does it work, and what resources does ACTFL have to help?

Episode 22: Teaching College Arabic with Kari Neely

Sarah Arvidson interviews Kari Neely, an associate professor of Arabic, about some of the challenges associated with maintaining a college Arabic program through the third year including integrating native and heritage speakers into third year course as well as which varieties of Arabic to teach and when.

Episode 21: Cross-curricular Innovations in a Liberal Arts Language Department with Sebastiaan Faber

Stacey interviews Sebastiaan Faber, Professor and Chair of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College, about the some of the cross-curricular innovations in his department including languages across the curriculum, team teaching with faculty from other departments, and incorporating campus resources into the classroom experience.

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

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.

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

Stacey talks with Caleb Howard, a K-5 Spanish teacher from New Jersey, about the impact professional development has made in his teaching. 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.

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

Stacey interviews Catherine Ousselin, a secondary French teacher and coach from Washington, who discusses specific technologies and classroom practices that she employs in her classroom to motivate students to develop proficiency.

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

Stacey wraps up her conversation with Gianfranco Conti (Part I in episode 16). In this episode, Gianfranco gives us some final bits of advice for how to maximize student learning and focus on long-term progress.

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

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. We talk about useless things language teachers do (e.g. error correction) and ways to improve student learning (e.g. recycle, recycle, recycle).

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

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.

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

Stacey talks with Lisa Shepard, a secondary 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.

Episode 13: Teacher of the Year, Culture, and Technology with Noah Geisel

Stacey asks Noah about his experience as the 2013 ACTFL Teacher of the Year. Noah also shares resources and ideas for two of his favorite topics in language education: culture and technology.

Episode 12: Teaching Racial Diversity and Growing as a Teacher with Laurel Abreu

Stacey interviews Laurel Abreu about a class she teaches at the University of Southern Mississippi that explores racial and linguistic diversity in Spanish, about a 2016 paper she wrote on teaching racial diversity, and about her own journey to grow as a teacher and become more aware of difference.

Episode 11: Listener Questions about Culture Instruction

Stacey answers a couple of listener questions about teaching culture. 1) Should I teach culture in students’ native language or in the target language? 2) What is the best way to assess students’ knowledge of culture?

Episode 10: Experiential Learning in Francophone Communities in the US with Brian Barnett

Stacey talks with C. Brian Barnett about his university-level experiential learning course that centers on francophone communities in the U.S. In addition to learning language and culture, students engage in structured reflection to make sense of those experiences and, in the process, become deeply connected to US language communities.

Episode 9: Performance Assessment in a Fully Online College Spanish Course with Claire Knowles

Stacey talks with Claire Knowles about teaching college Spanish in a fully online, asynchronous format. Claire tells us about how she uses performance assessments instead of tests to assess learning and how she elicits feedback and reflection from students in every unit.

Episode 8: Building Classroom Practices and Intercultural Competence in Early Language Learning with Dorie Conlon Perugini

Stacey talks with elementary Spanish teacher Dorie Conlon Perugini about the opportunities she’s had to develop her own practice, to share classroom practices with others, and to support early language learners as they develop intercultural competence. We also get to learn about her forthcoming book co-edited/co-written with two of my favorite authors, Manuela Wagner and Michael Byram.

Episode 7: Evolving as a Teacher and Helping Students Become Lifelong Learners with Qinqin Zan

Junyue Wang interviews her former EFL teacher, Qinqin Zan, about what excellent language teaching looks like. They discuss how Ms. Zan’s goals for her students have changed over the years and the importance of inspiring students to be lifelong language learners.

Episode 6: Integrating Culture and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language in the US with Kaishan Kong

Stacey talks with Kaishan Kong, an assistant professor of Chinese at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire,  about what excellent language teaching looks like, how to integrate language and culture instruction, and teaching Chinese as a foreign language in the United States.

Episode 5: Researching, Writing, and Communicating Pedagogy with Vivian Finch and Jessica Greenfield

Stacey talks with Jessica Greenfield and Vivian Finch, who teach Italian and German at Vanderbilt University, about the process they undertake when they research and write about pedagogy.

Episode 4: Focus on Process, Not Product and Thinking Maps with Dana Yang

Yue Wu interviews Dana Yang about how her approach to teaching Chinese at an international school has changed over the years. Dana and Yue also discuss the benefits of using thinking maps in many common language learning tasks.

Episode 3: The ACTFL Community Boards, a Methods Course, and Professional Development

Stacey talks about a recent thread on the ACTFL online community boards and her approach to selecting readings for her language teaching methods course. She also shares some free online resources for professional development for language teachers.

Episode 2: Insights on teaching and researching K-12 English language learners with Emily Galloway

Nikki Wei talks with Emily Galloway about the classroom practices and research that can improve learning for ELLs in a K-12 setting. Stacey wraps up the episode by drawing some connections between second and foreign language teaching.

Episode 1: Service learning and language course development with Berta Carrasco

Stacey talks with Berta Carrasco about developing a service-learning Spanish course for the health professions at a small liberal arts college. Stacey also discusses a few resources on service-learning course design, evaluation, and learning outcomes.

Episode 0: By way of introduction…

This episode is an introduction to the goals and motivations for this podcast, and an invitation for listeners to get involved.