We Teach Languages Episode 93: Teaching for Proficiency with Kara Parker and Megan Smith

Rebecca Blouwolff interviews the Creative Language Class masterminds, Kara Parker and Megan Smith. Rebecca asks Kara and Megan about trends among teachers trying to move towards proficiency, about how to get a diverse department on the same page, and why you might want to get feedback on your teaching among other topics!

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/02/22/ep-93-with-kara-parker-and-megan-smith

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We Teach Languages Episode 92: Meta-Reflection, Assessment, and ePortfolios with Elena Mangione-Lora

Stacey interviews Elena Mangione-Lora from the University of Notre Dame about her work using meta-reflection and ePortfolios as a final assessment. Elena discusses why and how she made the transition to portfolio assessment. She also shares some of the scholarship she consulted and the data she collected during implementation. 

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/02/15/ep-92-with-elena-mangione-lora

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We Teach Languages Episode 91: Teaching Private Language Classes with Diane Neubauer, Vivek Tripathi, and Meg Saunders

Three teachers discuss their work teaching private language classes as freelance teachers or tutors, Diane Neubauer, a Chinese Teacher, Vivek Tripathi, a Hindi teacher, and Meg Saunders, an English teacher. Our guests will explore questions like: How is language teaching different one-on-one? How does an online environment affect teaching?

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/02/08/ep-91-with-diane-neubauer-vivek-tripathi-and-meg-saunders

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We Teach Languages Episode 89: Google Translate in the Language Classroom with Errol O’Neill, Part II

Dr. Claire Knowles continues her conversation with Dr. Errol O'Neill about Google Translate. In this part II, Claire and Errol discuss what student training on Google Translate might look like, what features teachers should become familiar with, and how to communicate about the tool with students.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/01/25/ep-89-with-errol-oneill-part-ii/

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We Teach Languages Episode 88: Google Translate in the Language Classroom with Errol O’Neill, Part I

Claire Knowles interviews Errol O'Neill about Google Translate in the first part of a two-part episode. In part I, Claire and Errol discuss what Google translate is and how it works, a bit about what the research says about its use in language classrooms, and why teachers might want to take advantage of its abilities to help students communicate effectively in the real world.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/01/18/ep-88-with-errol-oneill/

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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 86: Providing Professional Development for Teachers with Arlene White and Paula Moore

Caroline Schlegel interviews Dr. Arlene White and Mrs. Paula Moore, two educators who have made a difference in her own professional development, about how they provide relevant, meaningful, and effective professional development for new and veteran educators. The topics of discussion include how professional development contributes to teacher recruitment and retention and how technology and methodologies have changed professional development for language teachers. Check out the show notes for more information about Caroline and her guests.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/01/04/ep-86-with-arlene-white-and-paula-moore/

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We Teach Languages Episode 84: Teachers’ Perspectives on Heritage Language Teaching

Stacey shares interviews with several teachers who all work with heritage learners in different contexts. First, Chris Cashman tells us about what has worked for him in his secondary heritage language classes and how his OPI (oral proficiency interview) training has proved valuable. Then, we hear three interviews with college instructors from ACTFL: Maria Manni, Felix Burgos, and Shannon Hahn all tell us about the challenges and opportunities they face in their contexts. Finally, Kim Potowski, professor and director of a university heritage language program, answers a few frequently asked questions posed by Florencia Henshaw during an online Q&A. Check out the show notes for more information about each guest and the resources they mention.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/12/21/ep-84-heritage-language/

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We Teach Languages Episode 83: Resources and Research on Teaching Heritage Learners with Maria Carreira

Stacey interviews Dr. Maria Carreira about teaching heritage language learners. Maria shares a few of the resources available through the National Heritage Language Resource Center and talks about some of the ways teachers can implement research-based practices with heritage language learners. The topics Maria discusses include project-based learning, differentiated instruction, program design, assessment, placement, identity and more related to heritage learners.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/12/14/ep-83-with-maria-carreira/

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