We Teach Languages Episode 98: OPI, the Proficiency Levels, and Expectations for Student Performance with Ellen Toubman and Ryan Rockaitis

In ep 98, Ellen Toubman and Ryan Rockaitis discuss the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and ACTFL proficiency guidelines. For teachers who want to know more about how to use the proficiency levels to design instruction that moves students along the proficiency path, this episode is full of big ideas and practical examples you can apply to your own classroom.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/04/05/ep-98-with-ellen-toubman-ryan-rockaitis

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We Teach Languages Episode 94: Transitioning to Proficiency, Spoken Latin, and Comprehensible Input Strategies with Stefanie Neal

Caroline Schlegel interviews Stefanie Neal about how she made the transition from a grammar-based syllabus to proficiency-oriented, spoken Latin. Stefanie share advice for teachers and some of her favorite comprehensible input strategies for the language classroom.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/03/01/ep-94-with-stefanie-neal

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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 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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