We Teach Languages Episode 58: Principles of Outstanding Language Teaching with Steve Smith

In episode 58, Steve Smith discusses principles for language instruction that will help teachers navigate the complexity of the current post-methods era. Between book/blog writing, academic study, and classroom teaching, Steve is a perennial source of useful information for language teachers.

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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.

Steve Smith was a French teacher for 33 years, and continues to write books, blog, create resources (frenchteacher.net), speak, and train teachers. He is a visiting lecturer for the University of Buckingham, UK, the author of Becoming an Outstanding Languages Teacher (Routledge, 2017), and co-author of The Language Teacher Toolkit (Createspace/Amazon, 2016) along with Gianfranco Conti who was featured in episodes 16 and 17. You can reach out to Steve by email, or on Twitter @spsmith45.

Resources mentioned on the show…

Dylan William on formative assessment

…Doug Lemov’s website and Twitter @Doug_Lemov

12 principles of second language learning from Steve’s blog

Michael Swan’s intensive input/output work

Steve’s web resources about using texts

…Steve also mentioned his co-author Gianfranco Conti whose blog The Language Gym is a terrific, research-based resource, and was featured in a two episodes last year on the podcast.

Episode 16: Making Research More Accessible to Teachers with Gianfranco Conti, Part I  and Episode 17: Gianfranco Conti, Part II

And look at Steve’s blog post about his interview experience!

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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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