We Teach Languages Episode 148: The Role of the Teacher and the PD Facilitator with Florencia Henshaw and Maris Hawkins

In ep 146, Stacey sits down with Maris Hawkins and Florencia Henshaw to dig into the role of the teacher in the language classroom and the facilitator in professional development. What is the teacher or leader supposed to do? How does the facilitator ensure learning happens? What is our job? Dig into these topics with Maris, Florencia, and Stacey, and then be part of the conversation by connecting with us over Twitter or Facebook.

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We Teach Languages Episode 147: NFLC Panel on the TELL Learning Experience Domain with Henny Chen, Catherine Ousselin, Carmen Scoggins, and Thomas Soth

In ep 147, Greta Lundgaard moderates a panel discussion with experienced language teachers Henny Chen, Catherine Ousselin, Carmen Scoggins, and Thomas Soth as part of the monthly virtual teacher panel from the NFLC (National Foreign Language Center). Each month, this series gathers a different group of experienced teachers via video conference to discuss a domain of the TELL (Teaching Effectiveness for Language Learning) framework. The panel considers questions including: How do we build up a feeling of trust and respect? What sequence of learning activities and learning targets is most effective in online and socially distanced face-to-face classroom? How do you decide what parts of the curriculum to focus on and which to let go?

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We Teach Languages Episode 146: NFLC Panel on the TELL Environment Domain with Marta Silva, Georges Chahwan, Natalie Stamper, and Elizabeth Matchett

In ep 146, Thomas Sauer leads a panel discussion with four language educators,  Marta Silva, Georges Chahwan, Natalie Stamper, and Elizabeth Matchett, as part of the monthly virtual teacher panel from the NFLC (National Foreign Language Center). Each month, this series gathers a different group of experienced teachers via video conference to discuss a domain of the TELL (Teaching Effectiveness for Language Learning) framework. We Teach Languages has partnered with NFLC to disseminate these panel discussions in audio format as well. In this episode, the panel considers questions such as: How do you create positive relationship with students in online and hybrid environments? How can teachers collaborate with students to create a safe environment? How do we focus on language performance under the constraints of an online/hybrid format? What is the role of intercultural thinking in language learning?.

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We Teach Languages Episode 141: Accent, Race, Work, and Teaching Pronunciation with Vijay Ramjattan

In ep 141, Stacey interviews Dr. Vijay Ramjattan, a scholar of accent, race, and work. Vijay talks about how racialized international teaching assistants communicate in their second language and the listener's role in comprehensibility. Implications for teaching pronunciation in any language are also discussed. Language teachers who want to take a critical approach to pronunciation instruction will find thought-provoking and useful suggestions.

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We Teach Languages Episode 140: Heritage Language Maintenance with Angelica Amezcua

In ep 140, Stacey interviews Angélica Amezcua, a PhD candidate at Arizona State University and the author of a recent paper on how classroom instruction affects heritage language learners' motivation to maintain their language. Angélica discusses why some language communities in the US have low ethnolinguistic vitality and how state policies create conditions that prevent bilingual students from maintaining their home language. Angélica also shares her research on classroom strategies that heritage language teachers can adopt to promote language maintenance and community connection. 

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We Teach Languages Episode 139: Teaching Linguistic Variation such as Voseo in Spanish with Matthew Griffin

In ep 139, Stacey interviews Matthew Griffin, an applied linguist and instructor of Spanish who recently published a paper analyzing textbooks for how they present "voseo" to novice learners. "Vos" is a pronoun used widely in Latin America, and not used in European varieties of Spanish. Matthew goes on to talk about the concept of linguistic variation, as well as how and why we should point out and celebrate different varieties of the languages we teach. For those interested in teaching voseo, this interview and the accompanying open-access article provide a practical and research-based exploration of this topic. 

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We Teach Languages Episode 138: IPAs, A Review of the Literature, and Steps to Move Forward with Stephanie Madison

In ep 138, Stacey interviews Dr. Stephanie Madison, author of the recently published article entitled "Integrated Performance Assessments: A Review of the Literature and Steps to Move Forward". If you have ever wanted to dig deeper into why IPAs work and how to make them even more practical in your language classroom, this interview and the accompanying open-access article provide a wealth of practical and research-based advice. 

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We Teach Languages Episode 137: Emotional Labor with Elizabeth Miller

In ep 137, Stacey shares an interview with Dr. Elizabeth Miller, whom she met in February at Duke University's inaugural language symposium event. After hearing her talk about her research on emotional labor among language teachers, Stacey sat down with Liz to discuss emotional labor, emotional management, and what language teachers need to know about emotions at work. 

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We Teach Languages Episode 39 (rerun): The GLCA Shared Languages Program with Gabriele Dillmann

In ep 39, Stacey interviews Gabriele Dillmann, an associate professor of German at Denison University, a liberal arts college in Ohio. Gabriele is the director of the Great Lakes Colleges Association's Shared Languages Program, a project that aims to address issues facing upper-level under-enrolled language courses as well as broadening the course offerings for lesser-taught languages. Gabriele uses Zoom and Google Drive to house her online courses, and describes how technology makes her innovative work possible. 

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