We Teach Languages Episode 97: Independence, Choice, Peace, and Montessori with Valerie Shull

In ep 97, Stacey interviews Valerie Shull about the early language program she leads at a Montessori school where she has taught Spanish for 18 years. Valerie talks about her approach and describes specific strategies that she uses to promote proficiency among her 4th-8th grade students.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/03/29/ep-97-with-valerie-shull

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We Teach Languages Episode 87: A Novice Descriptions Unit with Heather Sherrow

Stacey interviews Heather Sherrow about the novice-level unit on descriptions that she developed called Soy Yo: Bringing Life, Purpose, and Meaning to Your Novice Descriptions Unit. This unit tackles stereotypes, celebrates differences, and encourages students to be themselves using songs, memes, commercials, tweets, infographics, and other authentic resources. Heather has presented this unit at several conferences including this past November at ACTFL and has generously shared all of her resources online.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/01/11/ep-87-with-heather-sherrow/

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We Teach Languages Episode 84: Teachers’ Perspectives on Heritage Language Teaching

Stacey shares interviews with several teachers who all work with heritage learners in different contexts. First, Chris Cashman tells us about what has worked for him in his secondary heritage language classes and how his OPI (oral proficiency interview) training has proved valuable. Then, we hear three interviews with college instructors from ACTFL: Maria Manni, Felix Burgos, and Shannon Hahn all tell us about the challenges and opportunities they face in their contexts. Finally, Kim Potowski, professor and director of a university heritage language program, answers a few frequently asked questions posed by Florencia Henshaw during an online Q&A. Check out the show notes for more information about each guest and the resources they mention.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/12/21/ep-84-heritage-language/

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We Teach Languages Episode 83: Resources and Research on Teaching Heritage Learners with Maria Carreira

Stacey interviews Dr. Maria Carreira about teaching heritage language learners. Maria shares a few of the resources available through the National Heritage Language Resource Center and talks about some of the ways teachers can implement research-based practices with heritage language learners. The topics Maria discusses include project-based learning, differentiated instruction, program design, assessment, placement, identity and more related to heritage learners.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/12/14/ep-83-with-maria-carreira/

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We Teach Languages Episode 82: Social Justice and Representation with LJ Randolph

In ep 82, Dorie Conlon Perugini interviews LJ Randolph about what it means to teach languages for social justice and how teachers can think about representation in their classrooms. LJ shares resources, big ideas, and practical examples for teachers who want to explore what social justice might look like in a language classroom.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/12/07/ep-82-with-lj-randolph

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We Teach Languages Episode 78: Motivation, Authentic Input, and Learning a New Way of Thinking with Wilbur Wong

In ep 78, Han Xioa interviews her former professor, Wilbur Wong, about his approach to teaching English as a foreign language in a Chinese university. Professor Wong touches on some important topics in language teaching including motivation, the importance of authentic resources, and the usefulness of standardized tests.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/11/09/ep-78-wilbur-wong

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We Teach Languages Episode 75: Comprehensifying and Extending Authentic Resources with Kara Jacobs

In ep 75, Maris Hawkins interviews Kara Jacobs, a Spanish teacher who is well-known for sharing lessons, units, stories, and activities around authentic resources on her blog. If you don't already know Kara, this interview is a great introduction to her, her approach, and the kinds of resources she shares.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/10/19/ep-75-with-kara-jacobs

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We Teach Languages Episode 72: One Approach to a Content-Based, Upper-Level Course with Elena Morgan and Rachel Frenkil

In ep 72, Carolyn Siegel interviews Elena Morgan and Rachel Frenkil about the content-based approach that they have taken in their upper-level Spanish IV course. In this course that they developed, they weave advanced language study together with the history of Latin America, political theory, and Jewish identity to create a learning experience that is educationally rich and also personally meaningful for their students.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/09/28/ep-72-with-elena-morgan-and-rachel-frenkil

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We Teach Languages Episode 67: Pursuing Proficiency with Williamson County Schools, Part II

In ep 67, Stacey talks with the Williamson County Schools world languages curriculum writing team including teachers Amanda Baker, Robert Collard, Chelsea Graves, Nicole Hernandez, Brian Rentfro, and Rebecca Roa, district supervisor Christi Gilliland, and consultant Thomas Sauer.  In the second part of this interview, they discuss some of the changes they have made in their teaching and describe what a proficiency-oriented classroom looks like. 

This week’s episode is part II of the interview. Also check out episode 66 to hear part I in which the team discusses the remarkable assessment results their students have achieved.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/08/24/ep-67-with-williamson-county-schools-part-ii

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