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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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 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 29: Teaching Vocabulary for Acquisition with Joe Barcroft, Part II

In episode 29, Stacey continues the conversation with Joe Barcroft, a professor and researcher specializing in vocabulary acquisition. His articles appear in journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning, The Modern Language Journal, Foreign Language Annals, and others. In this interview, we discuss his ten principles for vocabulary acquisition from his book Input-Based Incremental Vocabulary Instruction (2012, TESOL International Association).

This episode contains Part II of our conversation, and last week’s episode 28 contains Part I.

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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 purchase Input-Based Incremental Vocabulary Instruction  by Joe Barcroft

You can find Profesor Barcroft online

De Groot study on classical music: De Groot A. M. B. (2006). Effects of stimulus characteristics and background music on foreign language vocabulary learning and forgettingLanguage Learning56463506.

You can listen to the first part of this conversation in episode 28

You can also listen to a discussion of retrieval practice in episode 25

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We Teach Languages Episode 28: Teaching Vocabulary for Acquisition with Joe Barcroft, Part I

In episode 28, Stacey interviews Joe Barcroft, a professor and researcher specializing in vocabulary acquisition. His articles appear in journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning, The Modern Language Journal, Foreign Language Annals, and others. In this interview, we discuss his ten principles for vocabulary acquisition from his book Input-Based Incremental Vocabulary (2012, TESOL International Association).

This episode contains Part I of our conversation, and next week, episode 29 will be Part II.

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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 purchase Input-Based Incremental Vocabulary  by Joe Barcroft

You can find Profesor Barcroft online including a list of all of his publications, just click on the PDF of his CV.

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We Teach Languages Episode 17: Making Research More Accessible to Teachers with Gianfranco Conti, Part II

In episode 17, Stacey wraps up her conversation with Gianfranco Conti. In this episode, Gianfranco gives us some final bits of advice for how to maximize student learning and focus on long-term progress.

This episode contains Part II of our conversation, and last week, episode 16, was Part I.

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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.

Gianfranco’s blog

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We Teach Languages Episode 16: Making Research More Accessible to Teachers with Gianfranco Conti, Part I

In episode 16, Stacey interviews Gianfranco Conti, a well-known MFL (Modern Foreign Language) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher and teacher developer. He has taught languages all over Europe and in Malaysia, and has a deep knowledge of both research and practice. In his blog, Gianfranco synthesizes research on language teaching and learning to make it more accessible to teachers. We talk about useless things language teachers do (e.g. error correction) and ways to improve student learning (e.g. recycle, recycle, recycle).

This episode contains Part I of our conversation, and next week, episode 17 will be Part II.

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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 purchase The Language Teacher Toolkit written by Steve Smith and Gianfranco Conti

Gianfranco’s blog posts mentioned on the show:

Six ‘useless’ things foreign language teachers do 

Why marking students’ books should be the least of language teachers priorities

L.I.F.T. – an effective writing-proficiency and metacognition enhancer

Planning the grammar lesson – heading for M.A.R.S. 

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