The NFLRC is pleased to announce our new Teaching and Learning Languages in the United States (TELL-US) podcast series. This professional learning series aims to examine language teaching and learning in the U.S. from the perspective of “non-insiders” (i.e., teachers who have had to adapt to the culture of teaching and learning languages in the U.S., having come from a different cultural context). Focusing on two broad categories – language pedagogy and school culture, the goal for this program is to create a professional learning resource for novice LCTL teachers who find themselves teaching in a similar situation. Although the podcasts will focus primarily on the LCTL teacher population, they can also be a valuable resource for any other teachers whose educational formation has taken place outside the U.S. Similarly, the episodes may also provide insights for ELL teachers whose students or students’ parents identify with the cultures of the teachers invited to the show or be helpful to preservice teachers learning the essential tenets of modern world language education in the U.S.
Episode 1: Understanding the American system of education and language education, part 1
Episode 2: Understanding the American system of education and language education, part 2
Episode 3: What is proficiency (proficiency vs. performance)?
Episode 4: Language targets, Can Do statements
Episode 5: Content- and culture-rich target language input that meets and is responsive to the needs of learners
Episode 6: Synthesis, part 1
Episode 7: Synthesis, part 2