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  • Tips, Tools and Resources for world language teachers who want their students to rise in proficiency and communicate with confidence.
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  • 7: The Why & How of Positive Teacher-Student Relationships with Ebony Thornton

    Sep 13 2021

    In this episode we talk about how essential positive teacher-student relationships are, particularly when we want our students to feel valued, comfortable and motivated to speak the target language.  [sign up for Talking Points]

    I am joined by Ebony Thornton, a teacher in Georgia, who speaks about...

    • relationships with her own teachers and those that influenced her student-teacher relationships
    • barriers that make teacher-student relationships challenging
    • respecting distance when needed
    • how do you get to know your students
    • how effective relationships enhance the teaching and learning experience
    • the “savior” complex
    • representation in the language classroom
    • #BlackWLTeachers

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    38 mins
  • 6. Supporting New Language Teachers with William Anderson

    Sep 6 2021

    In this episode we talk about supporting new language teachers in your department.  If you are an administrator, a new teacher, or a colleague with new department members there is a place for you to jump into this conversation.  [sign up for Talking Points]

    I am joined by William Anderson,  who leads a district program with 9 schools and over 40 teachers in the language department.  

    William speaks specifically about...

    • what to look for when hiring teachers.
    • how to support new teachers in the areas of classroom management, assessments and planning.
    • what a “good” class or lesson looks like. 
    • what new teachers should be asking for support with (but don’t know that they need to ask).
    • how colleagues can support new teachers.

     

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    35 mins
  • 5. Embracing Proficiency with Katya Hottenstein

    Aug 30 2021

    In this episode I speak with Katya Hottenstein. 
    She and I used to work together and we both started our journey toward teaching toward proficiency around the same time.  Katya shares her insights and experience embracing proficiency as her goals in the classroom. [sign up for Talking Points]

    She speaks specifically about...

    • her first few years of teaching before embracing proficiency as a goal
    • when she started looking outside of the box and why
    • what she started to do differently and the results
    • how she uses CI  (Comprehensible Input) in her teaching
    • the benefits of teaching with CI with  a focus on proficiency


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    28 mins

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