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 72: One Approach to a Content-Based, Upper-Level Course with Elena Morgan and Rachel Frenkil

In ep 72, Carolyn Siegel interviews Elena Morgan and Rachel Frenkil about the content-based approach that they have taken in their upper-level Spanish IV course. In this course that they developed, they weave advanced language study together with the history of Latin America, political theory, and Jewish identity to create a learning experience that is educationally rich and also personally meaningful for their students.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/09/28/ep-72-with-elena-morgan-and-rachel-frenkil

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We Teach Languages Episode 70: Advice for New Language Teachers with Albert Fernandez, Bill Denham, and Ying Jin

Stacey shares advice for new teachers from Albert Fernandez, Bill Denham, and Ying Jin. Taking a cue from the last few minutes of episode 69 with Leslie Grahn, we get a few more perspectives for new language teachers. After you listen, reach out to us and tell us YOUR best advice for new language teachers!

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/09/14/ep-70-with-albert-fernandez-bill-denham-and-ying-jin

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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 57: CLIC Resources, TalkAbroad, and Online Teaching with Florencia Henshaw

In ep 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 second language acquisition ideas should be applied to online language teaching.  

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2018/06/15/ep-57-with-florencia-henshaw

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

In ep 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 and her students 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 as content, this episode will get you started.  

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2018/06/08/ep-56-martina-bex

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

In ep 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.

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2018/05/04/ep-51-with-erin-carlson

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We Teach Languages Episode 45: Thematic Units and Social Justice with Anneke Oppewal and Jennifer Wooten

In ep 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. 

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2018/03/23/ep-45-with-anneke-oppewal-and-jennifer-wooten

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