60 episodes

The Kate Languages Podcast covers a wide range of education-related topics, from teacher wellbeing, to classroom management and ideas on teaching and learning foreign languages. While the majority of my content focuses on the experiences of MFL teachers in the UK, it is not exclusively for languages teachers - many of the broader themes are relevant to all teachers all over the world. For more information about me and my work, head to katelanguages.co.uk or check out my Instagram and/or Facebook pages. I'm @katelanguages on both.

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The Kate Languages Podcast covers a wide range of education-related topics, from teacher wellbeing, to classroom management and ideas on teaching and learning foreign languages. While the majority of my content focuses on the experiences of MFL teachers in the UK, it is not exclusively for languages teachers - many of the broader themes are relevant to all teachers all over the world. For more information about me and my work, head to katelanguages.co.uk or check out my Instagram and/or Facebook pages. I'm @katelanguages on both.

    Life After Teaching with Bex Waker

    Life After Teaching with Bex Waker

    CW: This episode contains discussion of panic attacks and stress at work.
    This was my third ever live podcast recording and it was such a great conversation! Bex is a fellow ex-MFL teacher, who is now working as the MFL Subject Adviser for Pearson Edexcel, and we discussed everything from what made us want to quit the classroom to what we are doing now. We also gave some (hopefully helpful!) advice for those of you who are thinking of leaving teaching.
    We had lots of great questions and comments from the live audience, which added so much to the discussion. We also answered some questions from our Instagram followers - have a listen to find out if we answered yours!
    Bex can be found on Instagram @pagepracticepodcast or LinkedIn as Rebecca Waker. Her website is https://learninglinguist.co.uk/
    During the episode, we mentioned the Facebook groups “Life after teaching” and “Adventures after teaching”. I am not a member of either of these Facebook groups, so can’t verify the content of them, however. We also referred to the website https://www.didteach.com/ as a useful resource for those thinking of leaving teaching.
    As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on the episode, so get in touch on Facebook and Instagram (I’m Kate Languages on both) or email me through my website https://katelanguages.co.uk/
    Joe Dale is my podcast producer and the music is by Coma-Media from Pixabay.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Checking for Understanding

    Checking for Understanding

    In the penultimate episode of season 6 of the Kate Languages Podcast, I’m talking all about checking for understanding in MFL lessons. More precisely, I’m telling you what NOT to do… and then giving you my thoughts on what you should be doing instead.
    For example, you shouldn’t be explaining a grammar point or task and then asking “OK, any questions?” and then expecting students to just get on with the work if no hands go up. I also don’t think you should be cold-calling students without giving them time to think of answers/questions, or praising outcomes without focusing on the process. I don’t think you should be giving feedback on specific errors without linking to the bigger picture, and I definitely don’t think you should be allowing half-formed answers as final answers.
    To find out what I mean by all that and what my solutions are, have a listen to this episode!
    I have delivered CPD on this topic and am available for bespoke CPD on topics such as this one or any of the other topics I discuss in the podcast. Get in touch to find out more!
    As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on the episode, so get in touch on Facebook and Instagram (I’m Kate Languages on both) or email me through my website https://katelanguages.co.uk/
    Joe Dale is my podcast producer and the music is by Coma-Media from Pixabay.

    • 25 min
    Stretch and Challenge in MFL

    Stretch and Challenge in MFL

    In today’s episode of the Kate Languages Podcast, I describe my ideas for how to stretch and challenge your students in MFL lessons. If you’re hoping for an episode on differentiation and creating lots of different worksheets for individual learners, I’m afraid you’re in the wrong place!
    I really believe that stretch and challenge is for everyone, and in the episode, I explain why. I also outline why I think the traditional labels of “high ability”, “middle ability” and so on might not be fit for purpose anymore, and how we can stretch and challenge all students, while ensuring that every student feels supported and able to achieve.
    Sounds impossible? I really don’t think it is! Listen to the episode to find out why!
    And if you’d like to dive deeper, sign up to my online workshop “Stretch and Challenge - Effective Extension Tasks” on 25th March 2024: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stretch-and-challenge-in-mfl-online-cpd-workshop-registration-844612577957
    As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on the episode, so get in touch on Facebook and Instagram (I’m Kate Languages on both) or email me through my website https://katelanguages.co.uk/
    Joe Dale is my podcast producer and the music is by Coma-Media from Pixabay.

    • 28 min
    Knowing when to quit

    Knowing when to quit

    CW: This episode contains discussions about mental health and thoughts of self harm.
    In this episode of the podcast, I outline five warning signs that might mean it’s time to think about quitting or changing/reducing your work.
    From feeling physically ill, to constantly procrastinating and daydreaming, to feeling out of alignment with your values, these are my own red flags when it comes to knowing when to quit.
    As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on the episode, so get in touch on Facebook and Instagram (I’m Kate Languages on both) or email me through my website https://katelanguages.co.uk/
    Joe Dale is my podcast producer and the music is by Coma-Media from Pixabay.

    • 26 min
    Real Teacher Well-being with Emily Armstrong

    Real Teacher Well-being with Emily Armstrong

    This was such a great conversation with the brilliant Emily Armstrong about real teacher well-being. And I’ll give you a clue… it’s not about cakes in the staffroom or mandatory yoga sessions after school!
    In this episode, we discussed strategies to actually improve teacher well-being. Whether it’s genuine workload management (meaning working how and when it suits you best), or learning to be assertive, embracing mistakes and dialing down the perfectionism, Emily gave so many amazing tips for teachers and school leaders to start working on straight away.
    Listen right to the end for some fantastic advice on how to overcome imposter syndrome as a teacher - especially those MFL teachers who are teaching a language they don’t feel confident with. And don’t forget that my team and I are here for you if you need to learn a new language and/or improve a language to be able to teach it confidently.
    Connect with Emily on Instagram, where she is @emilyarmstrongeducation.
    In the episode, I mentioned a previous podcast episode where I answered a question about teacher resilience. It’s Season 5 Episode 1 - Q&A Episode 4.
    As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on the episode, so get in touch on Facebook and Instagram (I’m Kate Languages on both) or email me through my website https://katelanguages.co.uk/
    Joe Dale is my podcast producer and the music is by Coma-Media from Pixabay.

    • 35 min
    Q&A Episode 5

    Q&A Episode 5

    Season 6 is here! As always, the first episode of the series is a Q&A episode. I think you’ll agree that there were some really good questions this time, including a couple of fun ones at the start!
    Find out my thoughts about why students struggle with instructions, my preferred exam board, why MFL GCSEs and A Levels are getting less popular, whether languages should be compulsory and whether we should teach more than one language. Plus, I have a bit of a rant about what I would change about MFL GCSEs! Lastly, I reveal what I wanted to be when I was a kid… and I’m afraid to say, it wasn’t an MFL teacher!
    I would love to hear your ideas on any of these questions, so get in touch on Facebook and Instagram (I’m Kate Languages on both) or email me through my website katelanguages.co.uk
    Joe Dale is my podcast producer and the music is by Coma-Media from Pixabay.

    • 40 min

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