We Teach Languages Episode 42 (rerun): Choosing Critical Cultural Content over Grammar with Daniel Woolsey

In ep 42, Stacey interviews Daniel Woolsey, an associate professor of Spanish at a liberal arts college in Michigan, who teaches courses including fourth-semester Spanish and Hispanic linguistics. Daniel explains how language teachers can focus on critical cultural content, let go of explicit grammar instruction, and trust the acquisition process to take place. 

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/07/26/42-rerun-with-daniel-woolsey/

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We Teach Languages Episode 104: A conversation about ESL and ASL with 2018 National Teacher of Year Mandy Manning and National Teacher of the Year finalist Amy Andersen, Part I

In ep 104, Stacey shares the first half of a conversation she recently had with two remarkable language teachers. Mandy Manning is the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. She teaches new immigrant and refugee high school students learning English in Spokane, Washington. Amy Andersen teaches American Sign Language to hearing students at a high school in Ocean City, New Jersey and was one of the finalists for the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. In this first half of a two-part series, Mandy and Amy introduce their work as ESL and ASL teachers and talk about how culture is integral to their work.

For links and show notes, visit https://wp.me/p88mlO-5i9

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We Teach Languages Episode 102: The Complexity of Language, Acquisition, Teaching, and Textbooks with Michael Leeser

In ep 102, Stacey talks with professor, researcher, and textbook author Michael Leeser about how he views language and language teaching, how he approaches the Methods course, and the roles of input and output in language learning. Michael also discusses the approach he takes in the two college-level Spanish textbooks he co-authored.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/05/03/ep-102-with-michael-leeser

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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 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 73: Intercultural Communicative Competence with Michael Byram

In ep 73, Dorie Conlon Perugini interviews Dr. Michael Byram, Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at Durham University and one of the most influential voices in the study of intercultural competence in language education. Dorie and Mike discuss Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC) and how to achieve it in language classrooms.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/10/05/ep-73-with-michael-byram

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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 71: Indigenous Language Preservation and Revitalization with Aliana Parker

In ep 71, we get to learn from Aliana Parker, the Language Programs Manager at the First Peoples' Cultural Council (FPCC) in British Columbia, Canada. All over the world, indigenous languages are facing existential threats. In Canada, Aliana and the FPCC are working towards the preservation and revitalization of their province's linguistic heritage through innovative programs and community resources.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/09/21/ep-71-with-aliana-parker

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