20 episodes

Throughout the series we will be interviewing experts in the field of language learning and beyond to impart informative, evidence based and practical advice.

The topics range from incidental learning, eye-tracking, learning vocabulary though reading, creative assessments, using virtual reality in the classroom, training phonological abilities, randomised control trials, speech errors and conducting research online.

We hope that you will join us in discovering all those topics and let us know what you think! You can complete our 5 minute survey by following this link:
https://dmupsy.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4OOQRpa1Yx0VGwS

The questions include what you would like to hear next, what you have learnt from listening, and we also ask you about any obstacles you may have encountered on your language learning journey.

Podcast Website: https://languagescientists.dmu.ac.uk

The Language Scientists De Montfort University

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Throughout the series we will be interviewing experts in the field of language learning and beyond to impart informative, evidence based and practical advice.

The topics range from incidental learning, eye-tracking, learning vocabulary though reading, creative assessments, using virtual reality in the classroom, training phonological abilities, randomised control trials, speech errors and conducting research online.

We hope that you will join us in discovering all those topics and let us know what you think! You can complete our 5 minute survey by following this link:
https://dmupsy.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4OOQRpa1Yx0VGwS

The questions include what you would like to hear next, what you have learnt from listening, and we also ask you about any obstacles you may have encountered on your language learning journey.

Podcast Website: https://languagescientists.dmu.ac.uk

    S3 E5: Heritage language speakers in the classroom

    S3 E5: Heritage language speakers in the classroom

    In this episode Dr Marie-Josee Bisson talks to Ellie Chettle-Cully about celebrating multilingual speakers in the primary classroom. Ellie is a teacher and language lead at one of our local primary schools in Leicester, a city that prides itself on its multilingualism. What is it like to hear multiple languages in the classroom? Ellie talks about nurturing a sense of pride in her students and tells us that we should encourage students to use all their language knowledge in the classroom. In her school, all languages are valued and celebrated. Join us to hear more about how enriching multilingualism can be in the classroom! 
    To find out more behind-the-scenes information about this topic or about our podcast, please visit our webpage, languagescientists.dmu.ac.uk. This is where you can go to ask questions, leave comments, or even participate in our current research! We'd love to hear from YOU. 
    Follow Dr Zavaleta and Dr Bisson on twitter: @dr_klzavaleta  and  @mjbisson 
    Or get in touch via email: language.scientists@dmu.ac.uk 
    Follow our Instagram page @the_language_scientists  

    • 24 min
    S3 E4: Nurturing heritage languages in the community: Part 2

    S3 E4: Nurturing heritage languages in the community: Part 2

    In this episode Dr Marie-Josée Bisson interviews Sajan Odedra from the Jalaram Bal Vikas Gujarati language school based in Leicester. They talk about the motivations for parents and children to learn more about their heritage language. Sajan explains how many secondary schools support pupils gaining extra qualifications in the heritage language. The discussion highlights that developing your heritage language is a skill for life with benefits beyond academia: it is a journey that allows the transmission of culture and traditions and children gain mental flexibility and empathy along the way. Join us to find out more! 
    To find out more behind-the-scenes information about this topic or about our podcast, please visit our webpage, languagescientists.dmu.ac.uk. This is where you can go to ask questions, leave comments, or even participate in our current research! We'd love to hear from YOU. 
    Follow Dr Zavaleta and Dr Bisson on twitter: @dr_klzavaleta  and  @mjbisson 
    Or get in touch via email: language.scientists@dmu.ac.uk 
    Follow our Instagram page: @the_language_scientists  

    • 34 min
    S3 E3: Nurturing heritage languages in the community: Part 1

    S3 E3: Nurturing heritage languages in the community: Part 1

    In this episode Dr Marie-Josée Bisson interviews Dr Marion Krauthaker about "La petite école de Leicester" a community language school project for French speakers. Celebratory of heritage language, this is a school designed for children coming from a French bilingual background. The episode discusses exposure to the French language and the value of children being engaged in a French speaking community. Join us to hear all about this exciting project and the fun ways that learning of heritage languages can be enhanced and celebrated! 
    To find out more behind-the-scenes information about this topic or about our podcast, please visit our webpage, languagescientists.dmu.ac.uk. This is where you can go to ask questions, leave comments, or even participate in our current research! We'd love to hear from YOU.   
    Follow Dr Zavaleta and Dr Bisson on twitter: @dr_klzavaleta  and  @mjbisson 
    Or get in touch via email: language.scientists@dmu.ac.uk 
    Follow our Instagram page @the_language_scientists  

    • 39 min
    S3 E2: Who is a heritage language speaker?

    S3 E2: Who is a heritage language speaker?

    What does it mean to be a "heritage speaker"? The answer is a bit complicated. In this episode Dr Kaitlyn Zavaleta speaks with Professor Silvina Montrul on the topic of heritage language speakers and what language acquisition patterns may look like. How are heritage speakers like native speakers? How are they like second language learners? How may this affect language attainment? Join us as we delve into Professor Silvina Montrul's research and knowledge on these topics!
    To find out more behind-the-scenes information about this topic or about our podcast, please visit our webpage, languagescientists.dmu.ac.uk. This is where you can go to ask questions, leave comments, or even participate in our current research! We'd love to hear from YOU.
    To read about Professor's Montrul's research, visit: https://spanport.illinois.edu/directory/profile/montrul
    Follow Dr Zavaleta and Dr Bisson on twitter: @dr_klzavaleta and @mjbisson
    Or get in touch via email: language.scientists@dmu.ac.uk
    Follow our Instagram page @the_language_scientists

    • 37 min
    S3 E1: Raising bilingual children

    S3 E1: Raising bilingual children

    In this episode Dr Marie-Josée Bisson and Dr Kaitlyn Zavaleta discuss raising children bilingually. Exposure to another language does not just occur in the classroom but may also occur in the home environment. This episode emphasises that individual experiences in speaking heritage languages in the home are unique, and that home exposure to heritage languages should be celebrated; even a little exposure goes a long way! 
    To find out more behind-the-scenes information about this topic or about our podcast, please visit our webpage, languagescientists.dmu.ac.uk. This is where you can go to ask questions, leave comments, or even participate in our current research! We'd love to hear from YOU.   
    Follow Dr Zavaleta and Dr Bisson on twitter: @dr_klzavaleta  and  @mjbisson 
    Or get in touch via email: language.scientists@dmu.ac.uk 
     
    Follow our Instagram page @the_language_scientists  

    • 29 min
    S2: E5: Learning the words that matter

    S2: E5: Learning the words that matter

    In this Episode, Dr Bisson talks to Professor Emma Marsden about a really important change coming to the French, German and Spanish curriculum in England. There is going to be a more defined and constrained list of words that students have to learn and that are allowed to be on the GCSE exams. Is this going to make a difference to the number of students that choose to study languages at secondary schools? We think so! Join us to find out how many words are on the list and how this change came about.
    To find out more behind-the-scenes information about this topic or about our podcast, please visit our webpage, languagescientists.dmu.ac.uk. This is where you can go to ask questions, leave comments, or even participate in our current research! We'd love to hear from YOU.
    Follow Dr Zavaleta and Dr Bisson on twitter: @dr_klzavaleta and @mjbisson
    Or get in touch via email: kaitlyn.zavaleta@dmu.ac.uk and marie-josee.bisson@dmu.ac.uk
    Links to some of the initiatives mentioned in the podcast
    Oasis research summaries: read one-page accessible research summaries
    LP Pedagogy resources: access over 1000 language resources, schemes of works and word lists
    Multiling Profiler: check that a text meets the language knowledge of your learners
     

    • 33 min

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