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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We Teach Languages Episode 75: Comprehensifying and Extending Authentic Resources with Kara Jacobs

In ep 75, Maris Hawkins interviews Kara Jacobs, a Spanish teacher who is well-known for sharing lessons, units, stories, and activities around authentic resources on her blog. If you don't already know Kara, this interview is a great introduction to her, her approach, and the kinds of resources she shares.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/10/19/ep-75-with-kara-jacobs

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We Teach Languages Episode 69: Engaging all Learners with Leslie Grahn

In ep 69, Stacey interviews Leslie Grahn about how to engage learners in the language classroom with a focus on her 2017 book co-authored with Dave McAlpine called The Keys to Strategies for Language Instruction. Do you want to learn how to increase student learning and confidence in your classroom? Listen to this episode and then enter to win Leslie's book or a seat to her VLM (Virtual Learning Module) through ACTFL at weteachlang.com/giveaway

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/09/07/ep-69-with-leslie-grahn

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We Teach Languages Episode 67: Pursuing Proficiency with Williamson County Schools, Part II

In ep 67, Stacey talks with the Williamson County Schools world languages curriculum writing team including teachers Amanda Baker, Robert Collard, Chelsea Graves, Nicole Hernandez, Brian Rentfro, and Rebecca Roa, district supervisor Christi Gilliland, and consultant Thomas Sauer.  In the second part of this interview, they discuss some of the changes they have made in their teaching and describe what a proficiency-oriented classroom looks like.  This week’s episode is part II of the interview. Also check out episode 66 to hear part I in which the team discusses the remarkable assessment results their students have achieved.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/08/24/ep-67-with-williamson-county-schools-part-ii

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We Teach Languages Episode 66: Pursuing Proficiency with Williamson County Schools, Part I

In ep 66, we share a conversation between Stacey and seven members of the Williamson County Schools world languages curriculum writing team, teachers Amanda Baker, Robert Collard, Chelsea Graves, Nicole Hernandez, Brian Rentfro, and Rebecca Roa, and district supervisor Christi Gilliland. Representing three different languages, this group of colleagues has been meeting for the last three summers to write a new curriculum that moves their students toward proficiency. In this interview, the teachers report on the success of the new curriculum, and talk about their external assessments which show remarkable student gains.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/08/17/ep-66-with-williamson-county-schools-part-i

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

In ep 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 with 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.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/08/10/ep-65-with-savas-savides-and-dongbing-zhang

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