Language Latte is a conversation about teaching world languages. Becky Morales looks at research and speaks with teachers from around the globe to find out the best and most efficient methods, materials, and tips to help students gain fluency. Topics include educational technology, getting students to speak in the target language, teaching vocabulary, using films and popular games in class, bringing in culture, using IPA’s, TPRS, CI, the role of grammar, and more. More educational resources, plus show notes and links can be found on kidworldcitizen.org.
Teaching Languages Online: Strategies and Pitfalls
In this episode we are looking at the growing number of opportunities for teachers – and students- of learning and teaching languages online. We are discussing the advantages and disadvantages, how to be a successful online teacher, and the most popular platforms right now. Then we speak with T’helah Ben-Dan, who shares her thoughts on teaching Hebrew on-line, plus her best tips for teachers.
World Languages for Students with Learning Disabilities
What do research findings indicate about world language study and students with learning disabilities? Which strategies, instructional methods, and adaptations can we employ as language teachers to help all students reach their goals and achieve competence? After an introduction to current research, I speak with Dr. Irene Konyndyk, author of Foreign Languages for Everyone, who shares 8 really effective approaches for world language teachers to boost language learning for kids with learning differences.
Teaching Indigenous Languages
The United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. It’s the perfect opportunity to look at the prevalence of indigenous languages around the world, plus best practices to overcome common hurdles. Then we speak with Quechua instructor Américo Mendoza-Mori, who describes the history of Quechua education, and how it is being taught today.
Motivating Students in Class
As language teachers, we know that if students aren’t interested in the language we’re teaching, their progress will be stagnant, and their attitudes will affect the entire mood of the class. Motivation is at least as important as aptitude in language acquisition.
We examine motivation, and how we can apply it to get kids interested and inspired in class. I talk to Australian teacher Simone Baluch, who shares tips and activities she uses to get her learners excited, curious, and attentive in class.
Importance of Community Building in Class
In this episode we are looking at the importance of teacher-students relationships, how they affect learning, and what the research says about community building in class. Then we speak with John Bracey, who shares activities he uses to build community, and how they have even helped with classroom management and behavior.
Making Video Lessons for Class
Teachers around the world are getting creative and producing clips to use with their students. We’ll examine 10 different platforms and methods to mix audio, images, and videos for our learners, and then we will speak with Angie Torre, who’s going to share how she recorded conversations for her students to learn from.
Full of interesting ideas, great topics and easy to listen to! Great resource
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Although there haven’t been new episodes in awhile the back catalogue is full of amazing gems that inspire and motivate me to make positive change!
Thumbs up for Language Latte!
This podcast is just the right length, and the half information, half interview format holds my attention easily. Great resource for language teachers. Check out the episodes on IPAs and FVR!