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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We Teach Languages Episode 64: Teachers’ Perspectives on the Seal of Biliteracy with Melanie Thomas and Pat DiPillo

In ep 64, Stacey continues with a three-part series on the Seal of Biliteracy in the US with Melanie Thomas and Pat DiPillo. Melanie and Pat decsribe how their own districts navigated the early stages of implementing the Seal and offer resources and advice.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/08/03/ep-64-with-melanie-thomas-and-pat-dipillo

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We Teach Languages Episode 63: An Introduction to the Seal of Biliteracy with Linda Egnatz

In ep 63, Stacey continues with a three-part series on the Seal of Biliteracy in the US with an interview with Linda Egnatz. Linda describes how Illinois became the third state to pass the Seal of Biliteracy as well as her vision for the future of the Seal.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/07/26/ep-63-with-linda-egnatz

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Episode 41 BONUS CONTENT: Vocabulary List Follow-up with Kara Parker

In this bonus content for episode 41, Kara Parker responds to a follow-up question about vocab lists from listener Deb from Ohio. 

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2018/03/05/ep-41-bonus-content

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We Teach Languages Episode 41: Vocabulary Lists with Kara Parker & AC Quintero

In ep 41, Stacey does a bit of digging to learn about different ways teachers conceptualize and make use of vocab lists. Kara Parker, a teacher trainer and consultant in Florida, and Alicia Quintero, a high school teacher in Illinois, both contribute to this discussion about how to make vocab lists useful for learning. 

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2018/02/23/ep-41-with-kara-parker-alicia-quintero

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We Teach Languages Episode 34: Assessments, Affect, and Proficiency Goals with Raul Rosales

In ep 34, Danielle Dorvil interviews Professor Raul Rosales Herrera, Associate Professor of Spanish at Drew University. Raul discusses his perspective on excellent language teaching and the goals he and his institution have set for students.  

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2018/01/05/ep-34-with-raul-rosales

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We Teach Languages Episode 32: Reflective, Principled, Proficiency-Oriented Teaching with Walter Hopkins

In ep 32, Stacey shares an interview with Walter Hopkins, instructor and assistant director of the Michigan State University Spanish language program. Walter discusses his perspective on excellent language teaching, unpacks some of the issues faced by new language instructors, and explains how his language program has developed around proficiency goals.  

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2017/12/15/ep-32-reflective-principled-with-walter-hopkins

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