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

In episode 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.

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Steve Smith was a French teacher for 33 years, and continues to write books, blog, create resources (frenchteacher.net), speak, and train teachers. He is a visiting lecturer for the University of Buckingham, UK, the author of Becoming an Outstanding Languages Teacher (Routledge, 2017), and co-author of The Language Teacher Toolkit (Createspace/Amazon, 2016) along with Gianfranco Conti who was featured in episodes 16 and 17. You can reach out to Steve by email, or on Twitter @spsmith45.

Resources mentioned on the show…

Dylan William on formative assessment

…Doug Lemov’s website and Twitter @Doug_Lemov

12 principles of second language learning from Steve’s blog

Michael Swan’s intensive input/output work

Steve’s web resources about using texts

…Steve also mentioned his co-author Gianfranco Conti whose blog The Language Gym is a terrific, research-based resource, and was featured in a two episodes last year on the podcast.

Episode 16: Making Research More Accessible to Teachers with Gianfranco Conti, Part I  and Episode 17: Gianfranco Conti, Part II

And look at Steve’s blog post about his interview experience!

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

In episode 55, Stacey learns about designing instruction that promotes L2 writing development 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.

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You can learn more about Heather Willis Allen on her faculty page and can access many of her publications here.

You might remember Heather’s co-author Dr. Kate Paesani from Episode 49: Multiliteracies and CARLA Resources for Teachers with Kate Paesani

Some resources mentioned on the show…

…The Foreign Language Annals article Students’ and Instructors’ Perceived Value of Language and Content Curricular Goals by Nicole Mills & Samuel T. Moulton

The Undergraduate Spanish Major Curriculum: Faculty, Alumni, and Student Perceptions by Tammy Jandrey Hertel & Abby Dings

Hiram Maxim’s professional website where you can find quite a few PDFs of publications, including one paper on textual borrowing

 

Just as an aside, here is a resource on student writing that I really enjoyed and that presents another perspective. If you liked this episode, you might also enjoy this post from Senor Fernie: https://senorfernie.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/editing-final-projects-an-exercise-in-giving-up-micromanagement-part-1/

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

In episode 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. Teachers, coordinators, and administrators will all want to listen to this conversation between peers about the work they love.

 

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Resources and people mentioned on the show…

…the book The Keys to Planning for Learning by Laura Terrill

…Lisa Shepard’s blog Madame’s Musings

…Helena Curtain’s website/wiki

Chantal Thompson

#LangChat summaries

MaFLA (The Massachusetts state professional organization)

Greg Duncan on the web

Thomas Sauer on Twitter

 

Check out previous episodes…

Lisa Shepard on episode 14

Lisa interviewing Laura Terrill on episode 37

 

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

In episode 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 (English Language Arts) teachers face in the US high school context.

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You can find Laura Parker on Twitter @LauraErinParker or on her blog

People mentioned on this episode…

…Stephanie Schenck @SraStephanie

…Lisa Shepard @mmeshep and episode 14

The book We Were Liars and To Kill a Mockingbird were also mentioned.

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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 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.

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Scholars and resources mentioned on the show:

Catherine Ousselin is 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.

You can find Catherine Ousselin online…

…on Twitter @CatherineKU72 

…on her technology blog http://catherine-ousselin.org/technology.html

…on her proficiency blog http://proficiency.catherine-ousselin.org/

Resources Catherine mentioned…

the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French)

…the AATF French Teaching Resources wiki where you can find units, lessons, infographics, and more curated resources

…the AATF curated YouTube channel

…the AATF Pinterest account

…Twitter teacher chat #langchat

…EDpuzzle for adding quizzes to videos https://edpuzzle.com/

…SeeSaw digital portfolio tool https://web.seesaw.me/

 

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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 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.

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Scholars and resources mentioned on the show:

Lisa Shepard has been teaching for 29 years and has an impressive list of accomplishments. She was chosen as the OH World Language Teacher of the Year in 2016. She earned National Board Certification in 2001 (the 1st year it was available for WL teachers) and successfully renewed in 2011. Her session on Integrated Performance Assessment at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in March, 2016 was selected as an All-Star Session. Her article”My Experience with Integrated Performance Assessment” appeared in the January, 2016 edition of the AATF National Bulletin and another article and another article, “Four Simple Steps to Creating an IPA” was published by (CASLS) the Center for Applied Second Language Studies at the University of Oregon in their Intercom online journal on Aug. 10, 2015.

You can find Lisa Shepard online…

…on Twitter @mmeshep

…on her blog http://madameshepard.com/

Resources Lisa mentioned…

…Amy Lenord’s blog about lesson design with authentic resources

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

In episode 10 of We Teach Languages, 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.

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Scholars and research mentioned on the show:

Dr. C. Brian Barnett’s faculty page: https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/cbbarnet

The Franco Amerique: University of Minnesota Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/347570138589747/ (Note: if you want to be added to this group, send Brian a quick message along with your request to let him know you heard about the group on the podcast, and he will add you to the group.)

Nunu Collective : http://www.nunucollective.org/

 

Cori Crane’s website in which she discusses structured reflection: http://coricrane.weebly.com/teacher–learner-reflection.html

 

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