We Teach Languages Episode 65: Preparing Students for Tests with Savas Savides and Dongbing Zhang

In episode 65, Stacey brings in several guests to discuss preparing students to take those big, standardized tests that students around the world take to certify their language ability, a practice that comes some benefits but also some challenges. We will revisit some previous episodes, and hear from two guests that are new to the podcast, Savas Savides, an educational consultant in Greece, and Dongbing Zhang, a PhD student in Australia who has also taught English in China.

 

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Savas Savides has worked for a number of private language schools in Greece, and has also worked as a test center administrator. For the past 18 years, he has been an educational consultant for international publishers (like Oxford University Press and Pearson – York Press), and a teacher trainer. Savas blogs about all things education at www.brightclassroomideas.com.  He can be reached via Twitter @BrightClassIdea or by email.

Dongbing Zhang is a PhD student in Australia. Prior to starting grad school, he was an English teach in China. If you want to reach out to Dongbing to ask him questions, you can find him on email.

Previous episodes connected to this topic…

…the previous series on the Seal of Biliteracy: Episodes 62, 63, 64

Episode 23: Performance Assessment, Can Dos, and ACTFL resources with Paul Sandrock

Episode 25: Responding to a Listener Comment on Tests

Episode 52: Story Listening and Efficient Acquisition with Beniko Mason

Episode 58: Principles of Outstanding Language Teaching with Steve Smith

 

Some useful sites on standardized testing in the countries mentioned…

…the US: AP exam, AAPPL exam, TOEFL

…Japan: new plans for standardized testingthe tests accepted for university admission

…UK: GCSE, A Levels

…China: CET (which includes, as Dongbing mentioned, band 4 and band 6 tests, news plans for standardized testing in China

…Greece: Savas mentioned in the interview that there are currently 23 different English tests in Greece, and here’s an interesting paper I found online about Greece’s foreign language testing

CLIL: Content and Language Integrated Learning 

 

The Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR)…

An overview

A detailed look

A comparison between CEFR and the US/ACTFL proficiency levels

 

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We Teach Languages Episode 49: Multiliteracies and CARLA Resources for Teachers with Kate Paesani

In episode 49, Stacey is joined by Dr. Kate Paesani, the Director of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) and affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. Kate tells us about the wealth of resources CARLA can offer teachers. She also discusses her research on multiliteracies, a framework that allows learners to engage with authentic texts in multiple ways.

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You can learn more about Kate and her work on her CARLA faculty page.

To learn more about CARLA , the center Kate directs, visit carla.umn.edu

 If you are interested in learning more about the multiliteracies framework…
…the CARLA page on literacies http://carla.umn.edu/literacies/index.html
…a video of a presentation by Kate and her colleague Many Menke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5Cc1DA7Axk&feature=youtu.be
…Menke, M. R., & Paesani, K. (2018). Analysing foreign language instructional materials through the lens of the multiliteracies framework. Language, Culture, and Curriculum. DOI: 10.1080/007908318.2018.1461898
…Allen, H., & Paesani, K. (2010). Exploring the feasibility of a pedagogy of
multiliteracies in introductory foreign language courses.  L2 Journal, 2, 119-142.
…The learning by design page of the Cope & Kalantzis’s New Learning website: http://newlearningonline.com/learning-by-design (for an explanation and examples of the pedagogy)
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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 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

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.

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/

 

 

 

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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Show Notes

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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 3: The ACTFL Community Boards, a Methods Course, and Professional Development

In episode 3, Stacey talks about a recent thread on the ACTFL online community boards and her approach to selecting readings for her language teaching methods course. She also shares some free online resources for professional development for language teachers.

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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.

Scholars and research mentioned on the show:

The thread Stacey mentioned about pedagogy course textbooks in the Teacher Development SIG forum on the ACTFL Community Boards: http://community.actfl.org/home

Leading Lines episode with Bill VanPatten and Lee Forester on language materialsEdTech podcast episode about language teachers and digital textbooks

The learner.org K-12 FL teacher workshop videos: http://www.learner.org/resources/series201.html

UT Austin OER Methods course: https://coerll.utexas.edu/methods/

Modern Language journal article by Brown Mitchell and Ellington Vidal: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/0026-7902.00095/abstract

Kumaravadivelu’s book Beyond methods: http://www.bkumaravadivelu.com/beyondMethods.html

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EdTech podcast episode about language teachers and digital textbooks

Episode 5 of the EdTech podcast Leading Lines is a must-listen for language teachers!

This episode features an interview with Lee Forester, Professor of German at Hope College, and Bill VanPatten, Professor of Spanish and Second Language Studies at Michigan State University. In the summer of 2016,Stacey Margarita Johnson, Assistant Director for Educational Technology at the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, sat down with Forester and VanPatten at the AATSP conference. Both faculty members have developed online learning materials, including textbooks, for language instruction, and Stacey’s conversation with the two professors and textbook developers explored ways to use digital textbooks and publisher-provided learning platforms, as well as some compelling reasons to ditch the textbook.

As a companion to this podcast episode, Stacey created a new teaching guide on working with publisher-provided online platforms. The guide features more audio from Lee Forester and Bill VanPatten, as well as several other language instructors Stacey recently interviewed.