World Language Classroom

Joshua Cabral

Tips, Tools and Resources for world language teachers who want their students to rise in proficiency and communicate with confidence.

Guiding Principles of Second Language Acquisition
Sep 19 2022
Guiding Principles of Second Language Acquisition
#59In this episode we look at the guiding principles and fundamentals of language acquisition and how they should influence our teaching.  This is the second episode dedicated to the book Common Ground: Second Language Acquisition Theory Goes to the Classroom by Florencia Henshaw and Maris Hawkins.  They are very effective at laying out the fundamentals of SLA, and it is essential that we understand these foundations before taking on topics such as goals, assessment, input and output, which will be the focus of the next 2 episodes. Topics in the episode:what it means to acquire languagewhen and how acquisition happenswhat communication is and is notthe importance of communication in acquiring language  the teacher's role (hint: it's not to explain grammar)Making the discussion interactive on Twitter with Joshua (@wlcalssoom), Florencia Henshaw (@Prof_F_Henshaw) and Maris Hawkins (@Marishawkins).Get your own copy of Common Ground.  Hackett Publishing is generously offering a 25% discount when you use the code WLC2022. [Available through December 31, 2022].**The 25% off discount code can be used for any book through the end of December, 2022.  Hackett publishes several intermediate language-learning textbooks in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Latin, and Classical Greek. New releases include Cinema for French Conversation, Cinema for Spanish Conversation, and Les Français.______________________________Work with Joshua either in person or remotely.______________________________Sign up for Talking Points for tips, tools and resources for language teaching.______________________________Let's connect!wlclassrom.comTwitter:  @wlclassroomInstagram:  @wlclassroomFacebook:  /wlclassroomWLClassroom Facebook Group______________________________Teachers want to hear from you and what you are proud of in your classroom.Join me on the podcast.  We record conversations remotely, so you can be anywhere.
Equitable Feedback Practices with Ben Tinsley
Sep 12 2022
Equitable Feedback Practices with Ben Tinsley
#58This episode was recored live during the National Foreign Language Center's Virtual Summit.  Ben Tinsley, a French teacher in Pennsylvania, joins me to talk about equitable feedback in the language classroom.  We all know how essential feedback is for students in their language learning process, but does feedback look the same for all students.  Ben Tinsley provides insights along with actionable suggestions.Video of live recording during the NFLC Virtual Summit.Topics in this episode: Culturally Responsive Teaching and how it benefits students.Important terminology:-Equity vs. Equality-Inclusive Teaching vs. Anti-Racist TeachingCommon inequitable ways of grading/assessment and providing feedback and what we teachers can do so that we are being more equitable.How we can be more intentionally equitable.Connect with Ben Tinsley:Twitter (@AfroFranco2)Instargram (@AfroFranco2)Facebook Group (AfroFranco)Website: Afrofranco.com______________________________Work with Joshua either in person or remotely.______________________________Sign up for Talking Points for tips, tools and resources for language teaching.______________________________Let's connect!wlclassrom.comTwitter:  @wlclassroomInstagram:  @wlclassroomFacebook:  /wlclassroomWLClassroom Facebook Group______________________________ Teachers want to hear from you and what you are proud of in your classroom.Join me on the podcast.  We record conversations remotely, so you can be anywhere.
Common Ground.  Why this book?  Why Now?
Sep 5 2022
Common Ground. Why this book? Why Now?
#57In this episode I’m beginning my series on exploring Common Ground: Second Language Acquisition Theory Goes to the Classroom by Florencia Henshaw and Maris Hawkins. There will be 5 episodes total between now and the end of October.  Today we take a general look at why this book, why now, why I am such a fan. Topics in the episode:Why this book? Why now? Why I’m a fan of Florencia Henshaw and Maris Hawkins.  How the book is set up.What to look for in the upcoming episodes devoted to Common Ground.Making the discussion interactive on Twitter with Joshua (@wlcalssoom), Florencia Henshaw (@Prof_F_Henshaw) and Maris Hawkins (@Marishawkins). Get your own copy of Common Ground.  Hackett Publishing has generously offered a 25% discount when you use the code WLC2022. [Available through December 31, 2022].**The 25% off discount code can be used for any book through the end of December, 2022.  Hackett publishes several intermediate language-learning textbooks in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Latin, and Classical Greek. New releases include Cinema for French Conversation, Cinema for Spanish Conversation, and Les Français.______________________________Work with Joshua either in person or remotely.______________________________Sign up for Talking Points for tips, tools and resources for language teaching.______________________________Let's connect!wlclassrom.comTwitter:  @wlclassroomInstagram:  @wlclassroomFacebook:  /wlclassroomWLClassroom Facebook Group______________________________Teachers want to hear from you and what you are proud of in your classroom.Join me on the podcast.  We record conversations remotely, so you can be anywhere.
Taking in All the Information
Jun 13 2022
Taking in All the Information
#45In this episode I talk about how you can take in and use the information that you hear on this podcast without feeling overwhelmed.  So far there have been 30 guests and 15 solo episodes and it can sometimes feel like a lot to digest.I offer up some ideas to sift through and figure out what will be most useful to you personally and how you can actually do it when you likely have so much else to do.Topics that I cover:Decision Paralysis: too many choices to choose fromHow can we choose what to focus on?First, remember that we do not have to do it all and we teach in different situations (levels, languages, interest, demographics).Second, remember that none of this happened in a day. Teachers are regularly working on their teaching effectiveness.Third, think about what is discussed and suggested with this lens:I can likely do this tomorrow.This needs a little prep, so I’ll do it next week.That will be effective in the _____ unit, so I’ll try it when that unit comes up.The concept is a bit of a change in approach for me and I want to sit with it and learn a little more because it is more of a mindset shift for me, so next year I’ll prioritize trying it out.Connect with Joshua and the World Language Classroom CommunityWork with Joshua either in person or remotely.Sign up for Talking Points, my weekly newsletter with tips, tools and resources for language teachers.wlclassrom.comTwitter:  @wlclassroomInstagram:  @wlclassroomFacebook:  /wlclassroomWLClassroom Facebook Group
LGBTQ+ Inclusive Classrooms with Joseph Parodi-Brown
May 23 2022
LGBTQ+ Inclusive Classrooms with Joseph Parodi-Brown
#42In this episode we talk about creating LGBTQ+ inclusive classrooms and curriculum.  While this is certainly beneficial to our students that identify as LGBTQ+, inclusive classrooms and curriculum benefit all students.  Joseph Parodi-Brown, a Spanish teacher in Connecticut, has done extensive research in this area and puts it into practice in his classroom.  He joins us to offer insights and suggestions for ensuring representation in our classrooms so that all of our students are seen, understood and valued.Joseph speaks specifically about:the benefits of an inclusive classroom and curriculum.his  journey to creating an LGBTQ+ inclusive classroom and curriculum, the challenges and successes.GLSEN and what can we learn from the National School Climate Survey.the challenges with gendered languages.entry points for positive representation in our classrooms.intersectionality; is the LGBTQ+ experience the same in all cultures?common fears that teachers experience when implementing inclusive curriculum and how to proceed.Connect with Joseph Parodi-Brown:Resources for inclusive LGBTQ+ classrooms and curriculumTwitter: @SenorParodi Connect with Joshua and the World Language Classroom CommunityWork with Joshua either in person or remotely.Sign up for Talking Points, my weekly newsletter with tips, tools and resources for language teachers.wlclassrom.comTwitter:  @wlclassroomInstagram:  @wlclassroomFacebook:  /wlclassroomWLClassroom Facebook Group