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In ep 143, Stacey invites Regina O'Neal, a secondary Spanish teacher and department head, to share her award winning presentation from MFLA, NECTFL, and ACTFL. Regina discusses concrete ways she highlights Black culture and communities in her Spanish classroom by connecting with other content areas and community resources, by discussing aesthetic b…
 
In ep 142, Dorie Conlon Perugini interviews Dr. Jonathan Rosa about his work exploring race, language, and education. Jonathan discusses what sorts of language practices are deemed legitimate in educational contexts, and how language teachers participate in institutions that are not serving multilingual students. In this episode, listeners will fin…
 
In ep 141, Stacey interviews Dr. Vijay Ramjattan, a scholar of accent, race, and work. Vijay talks about how racialized international teaching assistants communicate in their second language and the listener's role in comprehensibility. Implications for teaching pronunciation in any language are also discussed. Language teachers who want to take a …
 
In ep 140, Stacey interviews Angélica Amezcua, a PhD candidate at Arizona State University and the author of a recent paper on how classroom instruction affects heritage language learners' motivation to maintain their language. Angélica discusses why some language communities in the US have low ethnolinguistic vitality and how state policies create…
 
In ep 139, Stacey interviews Matthew Griffin, an applied linguist and instructor of Spanish who recently published a paper analyzing textbooks for how they present "voseo" to novice learners. "Vos" is a pronoun used widely in Latin America, and not used in European varieties of Spanish. Matthew goes on to talk about the concept of linguistic variat…
 
In ep 138, Stacey interviews Dr. Stephanie Madison, author of the recently published article entitled "Integrated Performance Assessments: A Review of the Literature and Steps to Move Forward". If you have ever wanted to dig deeper into why IPAs work and how to make them even more practical in your language classroom, this interview and the accompa…
 
In ep 137, Stacey shares an interview with Dr. Elizabeth Miller, whom she met in February at Duke University's inaugural language symposium event. After hearing her talk about her research on emotional labor among language teachers, Stacey sat down with Liz to discuss emotional labor, emotional management, and what language teachers need to know ab…
 
In this rerun of episode 9 of We Teach Languages, Stacey talks with Claire Knowles about teaching college Spanish in a fully online, asynchronous format. Claire tells us about how she uses performance assessments instead of tests to assess learning and how she elicits feedback and reflection from students in every unit.For links and show notes, vis…
 
Language teachers everywhere are trying to figure out how to maintain instruction online when meeting face-to-face with our students is no longer possible. This seems like a good time to rerun a few of our favorite tech-focused episodes from the last three years. We hope this episode will spark some great ideas for you about how you can effectively…
 
In ep 136, Dorie Conlon Perugini interviews Dr. Uju Anya on a range of topics related to the experiences of African-American language learners both in classrooms and in study abroad contexts. The two scholars discuss Uju's award-winning book, bias and inclusion in the language classroom, and why the concept of investment is more useful than motivat…
 
In ep 135, Stacey continues her interview with Robert Elliott, a conversation they started on episode 73 of the Leading Lines podcast. In this episode, Robert describes the work of the Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI), how teachers of any language can support indigenous language revitalization, and how Native American language teachers ca…
 
In ep 134, Stacey interviews Professor Jesse Scheumann about how he teaches Biblical Hebrew. Despite preconceptions about what it is like to learn a Biblical language, Jesse's classroom has no desks or grammar textbook and also involves movement, stories, and other techniques from communicative language teaching approaches. By the end of their firs…
 
In ep 133, Stacey presents several approaches to organizing our instruction in order to help give shape to our lesson, enable more efficient decision-making by the instructor, and ensure that students get everything they need out of a lesson. Stacey first references lesson organization by Lance Piantaggini, Meredith White, and Sara-Elizabeth Cottre…
 
In ep 132, Stacey interviews Arabic teacher and researcher Dr. Emma Trentman about language ideologies and how they play out in the classroom. Emma discusses how teachers might move away from practices that reinforce monolingual ideologies and towards multilingual ideologies such as translanguaging. For links and show notes, visit https://wp.me/p88…
 
In ep 131, Maris Hawkins interviews Inga Paterson-Zuniga about all the ways her language teaching has changed over the years and how she got started writing comprehensible novels for Spanish learners. Inga shares how her teaching approaches have evolved over the years to be more equitable and focused on success for all students. For links and show …
 
In ep 130, Stacey talks about how the podcast made its way in 2019, how we met our goal of being a contributor-driven podcast, and how we plan to do a little more and a little less in 2020. For links and show notes, visit https://wp.me/p88mlO-5TV We welcome feedback, resources, and diverse perspectives on this topic! To contribute to the conversati…
 
In ep 129, Stacey interviews Lynne Jones and Louise Whyte. Lynne is a Professional Development Officer at SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages where she supports pre- and in-service teachers across Scotland to develop their languages pedagogy. Louise also worked at SCILT until May 2019, and now is Principal Teacher Languages at St. Thoma…
 
In ep 128, Jiaqian Chen interviews Holland White about her experiences teaching bilingual students in her high school English language arts classroom. Jiaqian and Holland met as graduate students in an English Language Learners program. In this interview, Holland discusses the importance of developing positive, trusting relationships with students …
 
In ep 127, Stacey and Dr. Rhoda Núñez-Donnelly met up after #ACTFL19 to discuss some of their takeaways and thoughts from a particularly meaningful session. Rhoda is a resource teacher in her school system and also shares with listeners her best advice on reaching reluctant learners in our classrooms. For links and show notes, visit https://weteach…
 
In ep 126, Dr. Claire Knowles, whom you might remember from episodes 9, 88, 89, or 100, returns to the podcast with a list of questions from the teachers in her language teaching methods course. Claire and Stacey sat down during a break in the action at the 2019 ACTFL Convention to talk about how Stacey ended up obsessed with language teaching and …
 
In ep 125, Melanie Forehand interviews Peter Ecke, Professor of Second Language Acquisition and German at the University of Arizona. They discuss the benefits and challenges of short-term study abroad and resources for getting started with study abroad research. For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/11/22/125-with-peter-ecke …
 
In ep 124, Stacey interviews Cheyenne Staten, who is studying Spanish and Special Education, and Dr. Julie Glosson, her professor and co-investigator in a recent case study. Stacey met up with Cheyenne and Julie at the recent TFLTA conference (Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association) where they presented on teaching students with disabiliti…
 
In ep 123, Carolyn Siegel interviews Sarah Aguilar-Francis about her department's path to proficiency and how their multi-year transition has been going. For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/11/08/123-with-sarah-aguilar-francis/ We welcome feedback, resources, and diverse perspectives on this topic! To contribute to the conv…
 
In ep 122, Stacey continues her conversation with Dr. Gwen Barnes-Karol, who specializes in teaching literature, and Dr. Maggie Broner, a sociolinguist, about how a content-based curriculum has transformed the language program at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. St Olaf's Spanish program focuses on textual analysis and academic language starting in t…
 
In ep 121, Stacey interviews Dr. Gwen Barnes-Karol, who specializes in teaching literature, and Dr. Maggie Broner, a sociolinguist, about how a content-based curriculum has transformed the language program at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. St Olaf's Spanish program focuses on textual analysis and academic language starting in the third semester, an…
 
In ep 120, Margaret Kelly interviews Dr. Katie Angus about her dissertation research on graduate teaching assistant (TA) development and her own approach to supporting TA instructors at the college level. For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/10/18/120-with-katie-angus/ We welcome feedback, resources, and diverse perspectives…
 
In ep 119, Stacey interviews Dr. Victoria Gilbert about her work as a teacher and department chair in a Pre-K through 8th grade all-boys Catholic school in New York. Victoria discusses her context and some of the changes she has made over the years including a shift towards authentic audiences and IPAs as assessments. Stacey and Victoria also discu…
 
In ep 118, Shannon Mason interviews Pete Swanson about the language teacher shortage and how recruitment and retention efforts may help address the issue. Shannon and Pete are two of the leading scholars researching the issue, and the show notes link to a bit of additional research so listeners can follow up after hearing the episode. For links and…
 
In ep 117, Melanie Forehand interviews Angelika Kraemer about university language centers. They discuss how the the old-style language labs have morphed into more modern, social spaces called language centers, and how those centers help to support language teaching and learning on campuses and in communities. Melanie also asks Angelika about her ex…
 
In ep 116, Carolyn Siegel interviews Dr. Damian Vergara Wilson, Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico. As a graduate of the program he now directs, his ultimate goal for his heritage learners is for them to view themselves as legitimate Spanish speakers. In this interview he shares what that looks like both in a broad view and in spec…
 
In ep 115, Stacey ponders the question "Who should be talking in the language classroom?" Drawing on past guest interviews, Stacey breaks down the main question into several smaller parts by asking about who is talking, when, and in what language. For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/09/06/115-who-should-be-talking/ We welco…
 
In ep 114, Maris Hawkins interviews her former colleague and friend, Kristin Kvasnyuk about teaching in a blended format and about student inquiry projects. For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/08/30/114-with-kristin-kvasnyuk/ We welcome feedback, resources, and diverse perspectives on this topic! To contribute to the conver…
 
In ep 113, Janina Hanson interviews Justin Slocum Bailey about the content of his recent workshop for language teachers: Mind, Body, and Voice Skills. Among other topics, Janina and Justin discuss the value of silence in the classroom and of paying attention to our minds and bodies. For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/08/23…
 
In ep 112, Stacey talks with Gianfranco Conti in the second part of a two-part interview. Gianfranco discusses how anxiety and failure affect language learning, and goes into more detail about his system for organizing a listening lesson. For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/08/16/112-with-gianfranco-conti-part-ii/ We welcom…
 
In ep 111, Stacey interviews Gianfranco Conti about how to teach students to listen well. In this first part of a two-part series with Gianfranco, he discusses how bottom-up processing works, how typical listening activities overwhelm students, why interpersonal listening is best for students, and how teachers can use their expertise and instincts …
 
In ep 42, Stacey interviews Daniel Woolsey, an associate professor of Spanish at a liberal arts college in Michigan, who teaches courses including fourth-semester Spanish and Hispanic linguistics. Daniel explains how language teachers can focus on critical cultural content, let go of explicit grammar instruction, and trust the acquisition process t…
 
In the month of July, we are re-running some of our favorite episodes from the first year of the podcast. In this rerun of episode 23, Stacey asks Paul Sandrock, Director of Education at ACTFL, about performance assessment. Why should teachers use performance assessment, how does it work, and what resources does ACTFL have to help? For links and sh…
 
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 …
 
In ep 109, Abby Broughton interviews Dr. Carl Blyth, Director of the Center of Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL). Abby and Carl discuss multiliteracies, digital social reading, and centering meaning and the interpretive mode of communication in language instruction. For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/201…
 
In ep 108, Stacey interviews Lance Piantaggini, known as Magister P to his students and blog readers, about how language teachers can keep school work at school, avoid burnout, and provide as much input as possible for their students. Lance teaches in a way that is consistent with his principled approach to language acquisition and writes comprehen…
 
In ep 107, Stacey discusses the terminology we use to describe the languages we teach. Terms like foreign, world, second, modern, community, classical, and others all came up in a recent poll we ran on Twitter. Stacey discusses the results of that poll, shares insights from past guests Amy Andersen, Mandy Manning, and Ellen Toubman. Then we hear fr…
 
In ep 106, Anne-Sophie Dubosson interviews Professor Virginia Scott about teaching literature and other kinds of texts in the language classroom. We also hear from two past guests, Michael Leeser and Ryan Rockaitis, about how they promote critical thinking and deeper learning through engaging with texts. For links and show notes, visit https://wete…
 
In ep 105, Stacey shares the second half of a conversation she recently had with two remarkable language teachers. Mandy Manning is the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. She teaches new immigrant and refugee high school students learning English in Spokane, Washington. Amy Andersen teaches American Sign Language to hearing students at a high schoo…
 
In ep 104, Stacey shares the first half of a conversation she recently had with two remarkable language teachers. Mandy Manning is the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. She teaches new immigrant and refugee high school students learning English in Spokane, Washington. Amy Andersen teaches American Sign Language to hearing students at a high school…
 
In ep 103, Maris Hawkins interviews French teacher and SCOLT Teacher of the Year Heidi Trude about tech tools for the language classroom. You'll want to to take notes and visit the show notes to learn more about all the things you can do with Gimkit, Quizlet, Flipgrid, Google Cardboard and many more! For links and show notes, visit https://weteachl…
 
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 …
 
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 h…
 
In ep 100, Maris Hawkins takes the lead to talk to listeners about episodes of the podcast that have been particularly meaningful for them. We're so excited to celebrate this milestone with everyone! For links and show notes, visit https://weteachlang.com/2019/04/19/ep-100 We welcome feedback, resources, and diverse perspectives on this topic! To c…
 
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