We Teach Languages Episode 110: A Fulbright Award and Afro-Mexican Stories with Michelle Nicola

In ep 110, Stacey talks with Spanish teacher Michelle Nicola who spent several months in Mexico last fall learning about what it means to be a Mexican person of African descent. Michelle discusses the Fulbright award that funded her research project, the people she met and interviewed in Mexico, and her plans for how she will make these stories of Afro-Mexican people accessible and comprehensible for novice Spanish students everywhere. 

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/06/28/110-with-michelle-nicola/

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We Teach Languages Episode 102: The Complexity of Language, Acquisition, Teaching, and Textbooks with Michael Leeser

In ep 102, Stacey talks with professor, researcher, and textbook author Michael Leeser about how he views language and language teaching, how he approaches the Methods course, and the roles of input and output in language learning. Michael also discusses the approach he takes in the two college-level Spanish textbooks he co-authored.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/05/03/ep-102-with-michael-leeser

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We Teach Languages Episode 101: One Department’s Approach to Collaborative Planning with North County High School’s Languages Department

In ep 101, Thomas Sauer sits down with teachers from North County High School's World and Classical Languages Department including department chair and German teacher Katrina Griffin, German and Spanish teacher Cora Hoffstetter, and Spanish teachers Nea Baker, Jennifer Howard, Will Klotz, Cassie Krawczyk, and Mallory Newcomer. The group discusses how they develop instruction collaboratively--even across languages--and  how organizational factors ensure success. This episode gives listeners a peek into a collegial, collaborative department that offers success and stability for students and teachers alike.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/04/26/ep-101-with-north-county-high-school

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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 92: Meta-Reflection, Assessment, and ePortfolios with Elena Mangione-Lora

Stacey interviews Elena Mangione-Lora from the University of Notre Dame about her work using meta-reflection and ePortfolios as a final assessment. Elena discusses why and how she made the transition to portfolio assessment. She also shares some of the scholarship she consulted and the data she collected during implementation. 

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/02/15/ep-92-with-elena-mangione-lora

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We Teach Languages Episode 89: Google Translate in the Language Classroom with Errol O’Neill, Part II

Dr. Claire Knowles continues her conversation with Dr. Errol O'Neill about Google Translate. In this part II, Claire and Errol discuss what student training on Google Translate might look like, what features teachers should become familiar with, and how to communicate about the tool with students.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/01/25/ep-89-with-errol-oneill-part-ii/

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We Teach Languages Episode 88: Google Translate in the Language Classroom with Errol O’Neill, Part I

Claire Knowles interviews Errol O'Neill about Google Translate in the first part of a two-part episode. In part I, Claire and Errol discuss what Google translate is and how it works, a bit about what the research says about its use in language classrooms, and why teachers might want to take advantage of its abilities to help students communicate effectively in the real world.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/01/18/ep-88-with-errol-oneill/

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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 82: Social Justice and Representation with LJ Randolph

In ep 82, Dorie Conlon Perugini interviews LJ Randolph about what it means to teach languages for social justice and how teachers can think about representation in their classrooms. LJ shares resources, big ideas, and practical examples for teachers who want to explore what social justice might look like in a language classroom.

For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2018/12/07/ep-82-with-lj-randolph

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