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 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 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 52: Story Listening and Efficient Acquisition with Beniko Mason

In ep 52, Dr. Beniko Mason joins the podcast to talk to Stacey about Story Listening and the most efficient way for learners to acquire language. In her four decades of teaching and researching, Dr. Mason has produced both impressive research as well as impressive results for her students. Be sure to check out the show notes to find links to her publications and current projects. 

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2018/05/11/ep-52-with-beniko-mason

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We Teach Languages Episode 35: Teaching English and French to English-speaking Students with Laura Parker

In ep 35, Stacey talks with Laura Parker about her experiences teaching both English and French to native English-speaking students. Laura discusses the overlaps between the two types of language teaching and some the challenges that ELA teachers face in the US high school context. 

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2018/01/12/ep-35-with-Laura Parker

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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 25: Responding to a Listener Comment on Tests

In ep 25, Stacey responds to a comment from a listener about whether tests have any place in the language classroom. Stacey recalls some previous interviews in which tests were discussed, and gives two examples of how tests might be applied effectively to help students interpret and retrieve language. 

For links and show notes, visit http://weteachlang.com/2017/10/27/ep-25-listener-comment-on-tests

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