We Teach Languages Episode 57: CLIC Resources, TalkAbroad, and Online Teaching with Florencia Henshaw

In episode 57, Stacey interviews Dr. Florencia Henshaw, Director of the Center for Language Instruction and Coordination (CLIC) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Florencia discusses some of the resources CLIC has to offer teachers such as free online webinars, how the virtual exchange tool TalkAbroad is making a difference in Florencia’s program, and some of the ways that concepts from second language acquisition should be applied to online language teaching.

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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.

Dr. Florencia Henshaw holds a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education and is a certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester in Spanish and the author of two Spanish textbooks. She is also the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Language Instruction Award within the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. You can reach out to Florencia by email, or you can like CLIC on Facebook or follow the center on Pinterest.

Resources mentioned on the show…

…CLIC’s bank of classroom observation form 

…the archive of freely available webinars

TalkAbroad

 

 

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We Teach Languages Episode 56: How to Write Comprehensible Texts with Martina Bex

In episode 56, Stacey talks with Martina Bex, whom many listeners might recognize from her blog, the Comprehensible Classroom. Martina tells us about her journey of figuring out what works best for her classroom and outlines how teachers can write comprehensible texts for their students. If you want to create your own level-appropriate written and oral L2 texts in order to bring in culture or current events, this episode will get you started.

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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 learn more about Martina Bex and the resources she makes available on her website The Comprehensible Classroom, on Facebook, or on Twitter @MartinaBex

Check out this excellent blog post Martina wrote in response to a listener question about this episode!

Martina read from the leveled reader about Brandon wanting a big dog. You can find that book along with others by Fluency Matters here.

Note: At one point in the interview, I refer to talking about culture using “your 10%”. I was referring to the ACTFL guideline of using the target language 90+% of the time during instruction, and how teachers might use that 10% of L1 in class.

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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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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.

 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 45: Thematic Units and Social Justice with Anneke Oppewal and Jennifer Wooten

In episode 45, Stacey talks with Anneke Oppewal, a middle school teacher in North Carolina, and Jennifer Wooten, a college instructor in Florida, about how they have transformed units on food and housing by focusing on questions accessible to novice and intermediate students. Anneke and Jen share specific examples from their own teaching–lessons and units they have built over time through collaboration and experimentation.

 

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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.

Both Jen and Anneke expressed that they would love to hear from listeners and possibly even collaborate with others doing similar work. You can email Jennifer Wooten here. You can email Anneke here or follow her on Twitter @an_oppewal

Resources…

…Anneke’s mini-unit on La Cosecha

EdPuzzle, a tool mentioned by Anneke that lets you turn videos into interactive quizzes

…Jen, Anneke, and a colleague’s ACTFL 2016 presentation on social justice that touches on many of the same issues discussed in this episode

…Jen, Anneke, and two colleagues’ ACTFL 2017 presentation on social justice that touches on many of the same themes as this episode.

…the book Anneke mentioned by Maria Souto-Manning with a forward by Sonia Nieto Multicultural Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom.

…Terry ‘Osborn’s book Teaching World Languages for Social Justice.

Words and Actions: Teaching World Languages Through the Lens of Social Justice

ACTFL’s Critical and Social Justice Approaches SIG

Past episodes mentioned…

…check out ep 43 with Ryuko Kubota

…and ep 44 with Terry Osborn

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

In episode 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 AC Quintero, a high school Spanish teacher in Illinois, both contribute to this discussion about how to make vocab lists useful for learning.

 

Check out the BONUS CONTENT for this episode here.

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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.

We heard a clip from episode 28 with Joe Barcroft, the first part of a two-parter all about vocabulary acquisition.

Kara Parker is a teacher trainer, consultant, and blogger at creativelanguageclass.com. You can find Kara on Twitter @kararparker.

AC Quintero is a high school Spanish teacher and author of comprehensible novels for language learners. You can find AC on Twitter @klasekastellano.

More resources on vocab lists…

…Kara’s blog post on vocab lists can be found here

…And look at this #langchat discussion of vocab lists on Amy Lenord’s blog: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. This is probably my favorite resources because of how many different teachers it includes!

…for an extensive academic treatment of word lists in language teaching, check out Nations’ 2016 book Making and Using Word Lists for Language Learning and Testing

a blog post by Steve Smith about themed vocab lists

If you want to know more about vocabulary testing and retrieval practice, check out episode 25 on that topic!

 

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We Teach Languages Episode 38: Phonetics, Phonology, and Teaching Pronunciation with Gillian Lord

In episode 38, Stacey talks with Gillian Lord, professor and chair of the Department of  Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Florida, about her work researching and teaching pronunciation.

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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 Gillian Lord on Twitter @glordward, her faculty page, or by email

Resources mentioned on the show…

the Sounds Project from the University of Iowa is an excellent
way to show articulation of sounds. They have English, Spanish and German, and they also have a cool app.

… Gillian’s PDF of her presentation on teaching pronunciation. (Note from Stacey: This is an excellent resource if you want to know more!)

… Gillian’s 2005 article on teaching pronunciation: Lord, G. (2005). (How) Can We Teach Foreign Language Pronunciation? On the Effects of a Spanish Phonetics Course. Hispania, 88(3), 557-567. doi:10.2307/20063159

 

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

In episode 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.

 

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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 Raul Rosales on his faculty page https://users.drew.edu/rrosales/

Previous episodes mentioned on this episode…

Ep 14 with Lisa Shepard

Ep 32 with Walter Hopkins

You can find the ACTFL proficiency guidelines here https://www.actfl.org/publications/guidelines-and-manuals/actfl-proficiency-guidelines-2012

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We Teach Languages Episode 21: Cross-curricular Innovations in a Liberal Arts Language Department with Sebastiaan Faber

In episode 21, Stacey interviews Sebastiaan Faber, Professor and Chair of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College, about the some of the cross-curricular innovations in his department including languages across the curriculum, team teaching with faculty from other departments, and incorporating campus resources into the classroom experience.

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You can find Sebastiaan Faber online…

https://www.oberlin.edu/sebastiaan-faber

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We Teach Languages Episode 19: Finding your Professional Community and Staying in the Target Language with Caleb Howard

In episode 19, Stacey talks with Caleb Howard, a K-5 Spanish teacher from New Jersey, about the impact professional development has made in his teaching. After attending his first ACTFL convention in 2012, Caleb reevaluated his target language use with his early language learners and started a blog to help others use 90%+ target language in the classroom.

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Caleb teaches at Dr. William Mennies Elementary School, is the current foreign language teacher of the year for NECTFL and FLENJ, and was a featured speaker at this year’s national conference for the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers. Caleb has published over 100 posts on “Tuesday’s Tips For Staying In The Target Language,” and his resources have been accessed over 700,000 times. Having grown up in Ecuador, Costa Rica and Queens, NY, Caleb loves to help his students appreciate the beauty of cultural diversity. Ask him about PB&J in Costa Rica or solo indoor dining in La Ceibita, Nicaragua.

You can find Caleb Howard online…

www.SenorHoward.com

SenorHoward.com/blog

…on Twitter @HolaSrHoward

…by email hola@SenorHoward.com

 

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