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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We Teach Languages Episode 66: Pursuing Proficiency with Williamson County Schools, Part I

In ep 66, we share a conversation between Stacey and seven members of the Williamson County Schools world languages curriculum writing team, teachers Amanda Baker, Robert Collard, Chelsea Graves, Nicole Hernandez, Brian Rentfro, and Rebecca Roa, and district supervisor Christi Gilliland. Representing three different languages, this group of colleagues has been meeting for the last three summers to write a new curriculum that moves their students toward proficiency. In this interview, the teachers report on the success of the new curriculum, and talk about their external assessments which show remarkable student gains.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/08/17/ep-66-with-williamson-county-schools-part-i

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We Teach Languages Episode 58: Principles of Outstanding Language Teaching with Steve Smith

In ep 58, Steve Smith discusses principles for language instruction that will help teachers navigate the complexity of the current post-methods era. Between book/blog writing, academic study, and classroom teaching, Steve is a perennial source of useful information for language teachers. 

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2018/06/22/ep-58-with-steve-smith

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We Teach Languages Episode 55: L2 Writing Instruction and Corrective Feedback with Heather Willis Allen

In ep 55, Stacey learns about designing and assessing L2 writing assignments from Dr. Heather Willis Allen, associate professor of French at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Heather is an accomplished teacher and researcher, co-author of a 2016 book on multiliteracies along with Kate Paesani and Beatrice Dupuy, and brings a research-informed perspective to topics such as how to provide written corrective feedback and how to scaffold assignments to help students avoid common writing pitfalls. 

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2018/06/01/ep-55-with-heather-willis-allen

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We Teach Languages Episode 47: Professional Development and Working Together with Rebecca Blouwolff and Tim Eagan

In ep 47, Rebecca Blouwolff and Tim Eagan talk about their work together in a Massachusetts language department, Rebecca as a middle school French teacher and Tim and as the department chair. They talk about continuing professional development for language teachers from both the teacher and the administrator perspective.  

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2018/04/06/ep-47-with-rebecca-blouwolff-and-tim-eagan

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

In ep 35, 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 teachers face in the US high school context. 

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2018/01/12/ep-35-with-Laura Parker

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

In episode 18, Stacey interviews Catherine Ousselin, a French teacher from Washington state who holds the distinction of being the 2017 Pacific NW Council for Languages Teacher of the Year.  She is also a finalist for the ACTFL Teacher of the Year honor for 2018 and an avid technologist. Catherine discusses specific technologies and classroom practices that she employs in her classroom, including some specific examples of tasks and performance assessments that motivate students to develop proficiency in French.

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2017/09/01/we-teach-languages-episode-18-technology-performance-and-a-proficiency-oriented-curriculum-with-catherine-ousselin

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

In episode 14, Stacey talks with Lisa Shepard, a 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. For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2017/08/03/we-teach-languages-episode-14-making-the-transition-to-authentic-resources-and-proficiency-with-lisa-shepard

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

In episode 10, Stacey talks with C. Brian Barnett about his 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. 

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2017/06/23/ep010

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