If you follow Kid World Citizen on facebook, you might have heard the exciting new news for 2018….. I have started a podcast! Language Latte is a conversation about teaching world languages. I’ve started a facebook group for world language teachers: join us in Language Latte and chat about best practices, methodology, fun activities, and tips to help your students become more fluent and reach proficiency faster. Listen here, (soon coming to iTunes, or your favorite places to download podcasts!). I’ll always include a summary with the show notes and relevant links here.
Since today is officially episode 1, it is a huge introduction. I tell you about my journey to become an ESL and Spanish teacher, I discuss the podcast and my goals for starting it, and I go over future topics.
My Journey to Become a World Language Teacher
- My exposure to world cultures began as a child, when my dad was in the Air Force
- Studying abroad and learning Spanish in Spain and Ecuador- (and with my husband, who’s from Mexico)
- After my BA in Spanish Education, I got a Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language
- Different jobs I’ve had: teaching Spanish and ESL at the high school level, ESL from community colleges to universities, to adult survival English at a community center, and a couple of years at a college in London. Recently I have been doing Business English classes in the US and now Mexico.
The beginning of KidWorldCitizen.org and Language Latte
- Our adoptive family, and their influence on this web site
- Join our Language Latte facebook group to chat about world language teaching
Goals of Language Latte Podcast Series
- Becoming better language teachers through analyzing research, discussion and sharing
- Topics will include: educational technology, getting students to speak in the target language, teaching vocabulary, using films or games in class, bringing in culture, using IPA’s, TPRS, CI, the role of grammar, and so much more
- How we can help our students gain proficiency.
Please join in on the conversation in the Language Latte facebook group where we talk about everything related to teaching languages. Our Language Latte group on facebook unites teachers of all world languages. We have world language teachers teaching English in China and Peru, teaching Spanish and Russian in the United States, and teachers teaching Italian and French in Switzerland, and so many others around the world. Language Latte started it because I am always asking questions about second language acquisition, I like to scrutinize methods, and learn teaching tips from others. Please post your own doubts and queries- or share your success stories. If you have an activity that worked great last week, let us know so we can all try it! It is a group of teachers supporting teachers around the world. I use the group to ask for participants in future episodes- so if you have ideas and like to talk about them- join the Language Latte group on facebook and let me know what your ideas are.
If you enjoyed our conversation, and you think other teachers might like to listen, please share our podcast with your friends and colleagues!
I love to chat about questions or hear feedback you have about this episode, and to gather your ideas for future shows. Tell us what you’re doing in your language classroom!