We Teach Languages Episode 64: Teachers’ Perspectives on the Seal of Biliteracy with Melanie Thomas and Pat DiPillo

In episode 64, Stacey continues with a three-part series on the Seal of Biliteracy in the US with Melanie Thomas and Pat DiPillo. Melanie and Pat decsribe how their own districts navigated the early stages of implementing the Seal and offer resources and advice.

Also see episodes 62 and 63 for more on the Seal of Biliteracy.

Or listen on iTunes!

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Show Notes

We welcome feedback, resources, and diverse perspectives on this topic! To contribute to the conversation started here, leave us a voicemail or send a text message to (629)888-3398. Or you can follow us on Twitter @weteachlang or use this contact form to send us an email.

Melanie Thomas received her MATL (Master of Arts in Teaching Language) from the University of Southern Mississippi where she studied SLA (second language acquisition) and became a firm believer in a communicative classroom.  She received her National Board Certification in 2006 based on evidence of teaching that used SLA principles as a firm foundation.  She successfully renewed that certification in 2016 where she relied on ACTFL’s revised Proficiency Guidelines in providing feedback to students in order to help students grow in their proficiency path. You can find Melanie on Twitter @senoraMThomas, on her blog, or by email here.

Pat DiPillo is a department chair in Falmouth, MA which is on Cape Cod. She is also a Fulbright Scholar, NBPTS Assesor, MaFLA Board of Directors, and an NCATE Reviewer, a position in which she can help ensure teacher are candidates prepared in proficiency methodology. You can reach Pat by email here.

Check out more info on the Seal of Biliteracy here!

If you want to know more about proficiency and performance (mentioned by Melanie)…
…Check out ACTFL’s performance descriptors and accompanying materials

…Or listen to episode 23 with Paul Sandrock for a great, concise description of the topic!

ACTFL’s Core Practices (mentioned by Pat, but this great post is by World Language Classroom).

MaFLA resources including the proficiency academy! (mentioned by Pat)

 

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We Teach Languages Episode 63: An Introduction to the Seal of Biliteracy with Linda Egnatz

In episode 63, Stacey continues with a three-part series on the Seal of Biliteracy in the US with an interview with Linda Egnatz. Linda describes how Illinois became the third state to pass the Seal of Biliteracy as well as her vision for the future of the Seal.

 

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Show Notes

We welcome feedback, resources, and diverse perspectives on this topic! To contribute to the conversation started here, leave us a voicemail or send a text message to (629)888-3398. Or you can follow us on Twitter @weteachlang or use this contact form to send us an email.

You can follow Linda Egnatz on Twitter @miprofeAP or on her blog.

Check out more info on the Seal of Biliteracy here!

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We Teach Languages Episode 62: A Throwback on Advocacy and the Seal of Biliteracy with Caleb Howard and Amanda Seewald

In episode 62, Stacey kicks off a three-part series on the Seal of Biliteracy in the US by looking back at an episode from 2017 in which Caleb Howard interviewed Amanda Seewald about advocacy and the Seal of Biliteracy in the state of New Jersey. Check out the show notes for links to the full episode as well as useful resources related to the Seal of Biliteracy.

 

Or listen on iTunes!

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Show Notes

We welcome feedback, resources, and diverse perspectives on this topic! To contribute to the conversation started here, leave us a voicemail or send a text message to (629)888-3398. Or you can follow us on Twitter @weteachlang or use this contact form to send us an email.

Amanda originally appeared on episode 24

Check out more info on the Seal of Biliteracy here!

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We Teach Languages Episode 50: What do students learn when they learn language?

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.

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Show Notes

We welcome feedback, resources, and diverse perspectives on this topic! To contribute to the conversation started here, leave us a voicemail or send a text message to (629)888-3398. Or you can follow us on Twitter @weteachlang or use this contact form to send us an email.

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 WeveGotThisTogether.com. You can also reach her at her own blog at amandaromjue.com

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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We Teach Languages Episode 48: Welcoming and Advocating for New Arrivals with Lesley Cioccarelli

In episode 48, Stacey hears from Australian educator, advocate, and
#AusELT administrator, Lesley Cioccarelli. Lesley explains some of the options for language learning and settlement available to recent immigrants in Australia. She also talks about the professional organizations that advocate for the best interests
of those learners and why teachers should be members of their local and national professional associations. If you have ever wanted to make your hometown a more welcoming place for migrants and refugees, this episode will inspire you to follow in Lesley’s footsteps and take local, grassroots action in your own city!

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Show Notes

We welcome feedback, resources, and diverse perspectives on this topic! To contribute to the conversation started here, leave us a voicemail or send a text message to (629)888-3398. Or you can follow us on Twitter @weteachlang or use this contact form to send us an email.

To learn more about Lesley and her work…

…Check out this video made at Lesley’s work, highlighting her passion for personal learning networks. You are going to LOVE this video: https://cit.edu.au/about/innovation/historymakers/lesley_cioccarelli

…You can also find Lesley on her blog or on Twitter @cioccas

…The day Lesley and Stacey did this interview, Lesley was on her way to a multicultural festival in her home city of Canberra. Here are some of the photos from that event!
…and of course she can always be found at #AusELT on Facebook and Twitter – an informal community of English language teachers in Australasia https://auselt.com/
Past episode mentioned on the show…

 

Resources and Organizations mentioned on the show…
…Stacey also mentioned #ELTchat, which Lesley does not administer, but does highly recommend  A social network for ELT professionals (across the world), offering mutual support and opportunities for Continuous Professional Development. http://eltchat.org/wordpress/ 
…Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) https://www.education.gov.au/adult-migrant-english-program-0
….International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR):
…Certificates in Spoken and Written English (CSWE): On this site you can find an overview of each Certificate and some sample modules: https://ames.edu.au/curriculum/cswe-overview/
….This recent article may be of interest as it gives some background to some of Lesley’s discussion including changes over time in ESL in Australia: Oliver, R., Rochecouste, J. &  Nguyen, B. (2017). ESL in Australia – A chequered history. TESOL in Context, Volume 26, No.1, pp. 7-26. https://ojs.deakin.edu.au/index.php/tesol/article/download/700/640
…Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) our national professional association http://www.tesol.org.au/
….These are the projects Lesley mentioned as ways people can support/welcome refugees:
…Lesley also wanted to recommend the podcast Talk the Talk http://talkthetalkpodcast.com/  and Short Films Teachers Love, which is a podcast and a vodcast, with a YouTube channel so you can see bits of the films as the guests talk about them. SFTL is just starting its 3rd season. For specifically ESL or language teaching themed episodes check out:
  • Season 2, Episode 7 – Chinese Language Teaching – Rita Wang
  • Season 2, Episode 1 – English Language Teaching with James Taylor
  • Season 1, Episode 15 – English Language Teaching with Kieran Donaghy
  • Season 1, Episode 10 – EAL (English as an Additional Language), expat teaching with Nicole James
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We Teach Languages Episode 24: Advocacy, the Seal of Biliteracy, and Steps We Can All Take with Amanda Seewald

In episode 24, 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.

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Show Notes

We welcome feedback, resources, and diverse perspectives on this topic! To contribute to the conversation started here, leave us a voicemail or send a text message to (629)888-3398. Or you can follow us on Twitter @weteachlang or use this contact form to send us an email.

Amanda Seewald is the owner and author of MARACAS Language Programs and Learning Kaleidoscope Educational Consulting.   MARACAS publishes innovative curriculum materials and music to enhance language instruction and learning. She has been teaching children, coaching educators, and developing curricula for 18 years and is a regular presenter at national, regional, and state conferences. As an advocate for language education, Amanda works with federal and state legislative offices to garner support for legislation and funding.  Amanda is the President of the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey and serves on the executive board of the Joint National Committee on Language.  She is the New Jersey State Representative for the National Network for Early Language Learning.  Most recently, Amanda joined the Board of Directors for the Pulsera Project.  Amanda is a speaker of Spanish, French, and Japanese.

You can find Amanda Seewald online…

www.maracas123.com

https://www.facebook.com/learningkaleidoscope

@maracas123

Resources on language advocacy

…Information on the Seal of Biliteracy

JNCL-NCLIS

ACTFL

Lead with Langauges

 

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