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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Show Notes

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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 15: The Voc/zes podcast with Liz Lake and Stephanie Hernandez

In episode 15, Stacey turns the microphone around on Liz Lake and Stephanie Hernandez, two faculty members in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Minnesota who started a podcast in order to provide their students with meaningful, authentic listening opportunities. They discuss their work and invite listeners to use their podcast episodes in their own classrooms.

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Show Notes

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Scholars and resources mentioned on the show:

The podcast Liza and Stephanie created: Voc/zes  https://soundcloud.com/user-749661530

More about the Voc/zes podcast https://cla.umn.edu/spanish-portuguese/news-events/story/voczes-minneapolis

On Twitter: @umnvoces

Liz Lake’s Faculty Profile: https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/lake0030

Stephanie Hernandez’s Faculty Profile: https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/ande2901

Podcasts Liz and Stephanie listen to:

WTF http://www.wtfpod.com/

Serial https://serialpodcast.org/

Radio Ambulante http://radioambulante.org/en/

Latino USA http://latinousa.org/

Alt Latino http://www.npr.org/sections/altlatino/