We Teach Languages Episode 54: Keeping Pace with How Students and Methods are Changing with Mei Zhou

In episode 54, Sichen Wan interviews an EFL teacher that was influential in her own study of English, Mei Zhou. Mei teaches at a languages-focused high school in Chengdu, China and has been teaching for 18 years. In their conversation, Sichen asks Mei about what excellent language teaching looks like and Mei provides some great advice for new language teachers.

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Show Notes

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Sichen is a graduate student in the English Language Learners program at Vanderbilt University. You can reach out to her by email to continue the conversation.

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We Teach Languages Episode 53: #langchat Stories with Diego Ojeda and Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell

In episode 53, Diego Ojeda and Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell, two of the founding moderators of the #langchat Twitter professional development network, invite us into a conversation about how #langchat got started, some of the challenges of engaging professionally across differences, and other topics related to every language teacher’s favorite online chat.

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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.

Diego Ojeda is a secondary Spanish teacher in Louisville, Kentucky. You can learn more about his work on his webiste srojeda.com or you can reach out on Twitter @diegoojeda66.

Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell wears many hats as a World Languages specialist and the blogger behind musicuentos.com. You can reach out to her on Twitter @secottrell or Facebook.

Resources from the show…

#langchat weekly Twitter chat

… #langchat wiki

… #langchat summaries

Calico Spanish (Sara-Elizabeth mentioned she works here!)

…Diego’s new chat for Spanish teachers #charlaele1

 

 

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We Teach Languages Episode 51: Developing as a Professional and Presenting at Conferences with Erin Carlson

In episode 51, Stacey interviewed Erin Carlson at the SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching) annual conference in March. They talk about why Erin is so passionate about professional development, and how she got started presenting at conferences. Erin also shares some of her standing-room-only SCOLT presentation called The Big Three: 3 Daily Activities to Get your Kids Reading, Writing and Speaking in the TL on a Daily Basis.

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 Erin Carlson wears many hats! She is the AATSPSC president, a National Board Certified Teacher, the 2012 Sigma Delta Pi SC Teacher of the Year, and a PhD student! You can reach out to her on Twitter or email.
You can find the handouts for Erin’s presentation here.
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We Teach Languages Episode 47: Professional Development and Working Together with Rebecca Blouwolff and Tim Eagan

In episode 47, Rebecca Blouwolff and Tim Eagan talk about their work together in a Massachusetts language department, Rebecca as a middle school French teacher and Tim and as the department chair. They talk about continuing professional development for language teachers from both the teacher and the administrator perspective. Teachers, coordinators, and administrators will all want to listen to this conversation between peers about the work they love.

 

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Resources and people mentioned on the show…

…the book The Keys to Planning for Learning by Laura Terrill

…Lisa Shepard’s blog Madame’s Musings

…Helena Curtain’s website/wiki

Chantal Thompson

#LangChat summaries

MaFLA (The Massachusetts state professional organization)

Greg Duncan on the web

Thomas Sauer on Twitter

 

Check out previous episodes…

Lisa Shepard on episode 14

Lisa interviewing Laura Terrill on episode 37

 

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

In episode 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.

This episode also includes BONUS content! After you listen to the episode, check out the show notes for an additional 10 minute clip about the technology that makes Gabriele’s innovative work possible.


Click here to listen to the BONUS content for this episode!!! 

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Gabriele teaches German language, German, Swiss and Austrian literature and culture and special seminars on psychoanalytic theory in the Modern Languages Department at Denison University, a residential liberal arts college near Columbus, Ohio. Her scholarly interests are vested in how digital technologies shape how we learn and teach now and in the near future. Her more traditional scholarship is in the area of German Romanticism and psychoanalytic theory, specifically suicide studies. Last year, she was awarded the Robertson Endowed Chair at her institution for her work in teaching, service, and scholarship. In addition to her teaching and research, she is the creator and director of the Great Lakes Colleges Association Crossroads Shared Languages Program for GLCA’s 13 consortial institutions.

You can find Gabriele Dillmann on Twitter @gabidillmann, her professional page, or by email

You can find more information about the Shared Languages Program at this website

Click here to listen to the BONUS content for this episode!!! 

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We Teach Languages Episode 33: 2017 Year End Wrap Up

In episode 33, Stacey talks about how the podcast grew in 2017, some of the themes and highlights from the year, and how listeners can get involved as guests and contributors in 2018.

 

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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, on Facebook, or use this contact form to send us an email.

You can find past episodes here.

 

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We Teach Languages Guests and Contributors presenting at ACTFL 2017 in Nashville!

Do you want the chance to hear from your favorite We Teach Languages guests and contributors live and in person? Many of us will be at ACTFL 2017 in Nashville. Check out this Google doc for an episode-by-episode guide to WTL at ACTFL! If you will also be presenting in Nashville, please tell us about it in the comments! We would love to see you there and help WTL listeners find your session or event!

 

 

 

We Teach Languages Episode 26: Teaching Communicative Latin and Maintaining your own Language with Justin Slocum Bailey

In episode 26, Stacey talks with Justin Slocum Bailey about his work as a teacher, consultant, and teacher developer. Justin discusses teaching Latin communicatively, and then answers a listener question about how how teachers can maintain their own proficiency in the language they teach.

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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 Justin Slocum Bailey online…

http://indwellinglanguage.com/about/justin-slocum-bailey/

@IndwellingLang

 

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

In episode 23, Stacey asks Paul Sandrock, Director of Education at ACTFL, about performance assessment. Why should teachers use performance assessment, how does it work, and what resources does ACTFL have to help?

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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 Paul Sandrock online…

…on Twitter @psandrock

Some ACTFL resources mentioned on the show…

…NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:  https://www.actfl.org/publications/guidelines-and-manuals/ncssfl-actfl-can-do-statements

…Virtual Learning Modules (browse through the full Learning Catalogue):  https://www.pathlms.com/actfl/courses

…Guiding Principles for Learning Languages (a series of brief papers to explain the What – Why – How – Find Out More of core practices: https://www.actfl.org/guiding-principles

…ACTFL Presentations at Regional and Other Conferences (touching on proficiency and assessment): https://www.actfl.org/about-the-american-council-the-teaching-foreign-languages/resources/presentations

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