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A weekly podcast for language teachers and learners hosted by Dr. Liam Printer talking all things education, languages, motivation and engagement; linking current educational research to your classroom practice and providing a few ideas for some easy to implement, zero-prep, motivational strategies you can try out right away! Join the conversation on social media using #MotivatedClassroom. I'd love to know what you think so please get in touch. Full programme notes available on my website: w ...
 
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Ep. 48 of The #MotivatedClassroom marks the podcast's 1-Year anniversary with a jam-packed programme on 'motivational strategies', the research behind them and how we can apply these strategies to our classrooms using minimum prep activities. This is an episode not to be missed for any languages teachers who want a more motivated classroom! Full pr…
 
Dr. Maria G. Dove (@MariaGDove) shares her thoughts on teacher collaboration and how school leaders can create a culture of collaboration. Her co-authored book can be purchased here (https://amzn.to/3dDYpdf), and by purchasing the book with this link, you are supporting the podcast. You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh…
 
@AndreaHonigsfe, a pioneer of teacher collaboration for language learners, shares how to make the best of our partnership! She will talk about a framework called the collaborative instructional cycle, which you can read about in more detail in this article Her story is so inspiring, and her advice is so safe! You can order her book here https://amz…
 
In this question & answer episode we discuss how to survive as a student-teacher, what to do with an overly prescriptive curriculum, what would I tell myself as a student-teacher and what notes students should (or should not!) write in our language acquisition classes! Full programme notes are available on www.liamprinter.com/podcast. Follow The Mo…
 
Dr. John Hattie shares what he means by collective teacher efficacy and the conversation teachers need to be having about their practice. You can read the companion article where I provide ideas on how we can foster collective teacher efficacy around language learns in this article You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh…
 
The fantastic Maud Waret shares her personal learning and classrooms experiences as a mixed race French woman growing up in France and then moving to the UK as well as many wonderful practical ideas to help language teachers to begin to decolonise some of their curriculum. Maud speaks passionately, powerfully and practically. This is a real must li…
 
In this episode, the inspirational Tan Huynh speaks about the use of Larry Ferlazzo's framework for empowering multilingual students as well as how we can all be more representative and inclusive in our choices of materials and the stories we share. Tan provides brilliant practical tips on how we can ensure our classroom is a welcoming, diverse spa…
 
Award-winning investigative journalist, Jo Napolitano, follows the courageous fight of 6 refugee children who sued their school district for denying them equal access to an equitable education. This interview was inspired by her book entitled, The School I Deserve. You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh and www.empoweringells.com.…
 
This episode is a follow up to Ep. 43 on 'Structuring a language curriculum without a textbook' and focuses on the individual language acquisition lesson and how I structure it to keep motivation at the forefront of each class. At the end of the episode I also speak about what this structure looks like in my lesson planning. I hope you find this pr…
 
Dr. Debbie Zacarian (@DebbieZacarian) shares how we can overcome the inequities found in the community, school, and classroom with inspirational examples from around the country. You can purchase Dr. Zacarian's co-authored book Beyond Crisis with this link. bit.ly/beyondcrisesbk You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh…
 
Thank you to The #MotivatedClassroom patron, Margit Alexy, for prompting me to do an episode on how I structure a year of language acquisition curriculum without a textbook. In this episode I go into some detail about what my Spanish Level 1 sequence of learning looks like over a whole year, before giving a brief overview of what this translates in…
 
If you teach Ss, you’re a school leader. If so, then Dr. Moníca Lara (@DRMLARA) is speaking to you through this podcast. You’ll leave this conversation so inspired! Dr. Lara's books: Toma la palabra! (https://amzn.to/3wv8fsg) You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh https://twitter.com/tankhuynh…
 
Anxiety, stress, nervousness and a high 'affective filter' is often discussed around language learning, but what happens when you focus on positive emotions? It's time we talked about the research behind positive emotions in the language classroom rather than focusing on the negative ones. In this episode I provide an overview of the key research i…
 
In this episode I am joined by the fascinating, knowledgeable and highly inspirational, Steve Smith, to talk about memory and motivation in the language classroom. Steve is a former Head of Modern Languages in England. He has taught French for over 30 years and is the author of the resources website frenchteacher.net. He has also co-authored five b…
 
Dr. Sonia Soltero (@soniawsoltero) talks to us about adopting schoolwide approaches to education language learners based on her book. This is a great podcast for pre-service teachers new to the field, admins who want to learn more about dual language programs, and veteran language specialists who want confirmation that they're doing the right thing…
 
Sitting all day is exhausting! This episode is full of practical ideas for active learning in the language classroom. Getting students up and out of their seats is a mainstay in every class I teach. Even just for a few minutes, it helps to re-engage the students in what is happening, it freshens things up and helps them to re-focus. It also helps t…
 
Dr. Ester de Jong shares principles of multilingual education from her book Foundations of Multilingual Education. Though programs will look different based on their context, the three principles outline by de Jong needs to be the core of every program. You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh https://twitter.com/tankhuynh…
 
In this question and answer episode there are some wonderful questions from listeners on how to prioritise our class time, coping with colleagues who are reluctant to new initiatives, how to create interesting stories and supporting students' low confidence/self-esteem. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with…
 
"How do you teach grammar in a motivational way?" is a question we all face as language teachers. In this episode we explore some of the research around explicit teaching of grammar and its impact on motivation. I then present some zero-prep classroom strategies we can use to introduce and develop understanding of grammar, but in a more autonomy-su…
 
Elementary school educator, Megan Dreher, shares the multiple ways that she is using wordless picture books to great success with your language learners. You are read the article that Megan, Andrea, and Renske wrote by going to this link (https://www.empoweringells.com/fewer-words-lead-to-more-ideas/) To learn more about one of Tan’s work, go to ht…
 
Educational research consistently finds that motivation is the key factor in young people achieving their potential and succeeding at school. Demotivation, on the other hand, can be defined as “someone who was once motivated but has lost his/her commitment for some reason” (Dörnyei and Ushioda 2011). Even if we are struggling to understand how to m…
 
The Harkness Discussion is a student-led discussion method used in many of the most prestigious and rigorous private schools in U.S. It can also be used to develop language learners' language and thinking skills. Master educator, Lundy Smith from Exeter Academy, will talk about how to facilitate a Harkness Discussion. To learn more about one of Tan…
 
In this episode I am delighted to be joined by the wonderful Diane Neubauer 杜雁子. Diane is a Mandarin Chinese teacher with over the 14 years experience across age groups. She currently teaches online part-time while working on her PhD in Foreign Language & ESL Education at the University of Iowa. She presents on a variety of language teaching topics…
 
Dr. Jeff Zwiers shares the differences between pseudo & authentic communication & how we can structure for authentic conversations. You can purchase his book, The Communication Effect, with this affiliate link (https://amzn.to/38vFxfU). To learn more about one of Tan’s courses, go to https://www.empoweringells.com/courses/. You can connect with Tan…
 
Dr. Stephen Fleenor (@stfleenor) shares how we can structure science instruction so that language learners are successful. His book, Teaching Science to English Learners, can be purchased with this affiliate link (https://amzn.to/3hfjP3v). To learn more about one of Tan’s courses, go to https://www.empoweringells.com/courses/. You can connect with …
 
Thank you to the listeners for this question about how we can maintain motivation whilst also grading and assessing for proficiency. In this episode we discuss some strategies for assessing and grading keeping the core psychological need of competence in mind. For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further i…
 
Dr. Michelle Yzuierdo (@dr_aquagirl) will share strategies and approaches to support newcomer students new to our countries. This was such an affirming conversation! To learn more about one of Tan’s courses, go to https://www.empoweringells.com/courses/. You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh.…
 
In this question & answer episode we explore some great questions from listeners about: what to do with reluctant learners or school refusers, how we can adapt a comprehensible input & storytelling approach for younger learners and finally what key language structures we should concentrate on in a reimagined syllabus focused around students' intere…
 
As language teachers, finding ways to move from comprehensible input to 'authentic output' or how to "foster an increase in natural, interpersonal language", as one teacher wrote to me, is often our greatest challenge. In this episode I provide ten zero-prep, practical, strategies to increase spontaneous and enthusiastic speaking in the language cl…
 
I'm delighted to be joined by the wonderful and highly knowledgeable Dr. Ed Stevens for this episode on teacher's professional identity. Ed is Manager of the Arts & Humanities Research Institute at King's College London having previously been Deputy Head of Public Engagement at the University of Bath. He has recently completed a professional doctor…
 
Dr. Melinda Miller (@DrMelindaMiller) returns to the podcast. This time, she’ll talk about writing workshop and language learners. She’s amazing! To learn more about one of Tan’s courses, go to https://www.empoweringells.com/courses/. You can connect with Tan on Twitter at @TanKHuynh https://twitter.com/tankhuynh…
 
Sometimes, to really change our practice we have to confront our deeply-rooted beliefs. The study of Language Teacher Beliefs or 'Language Teacher Cognition' is gaining momentum in the educational research. In this episode I talk about what the concept is all about and why it is essential for us to talk about it, reflect on our beliefs and ultimate…
 
I'm delighted to be joined in this episode with Olly who goes by "Let's Transform MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)" on Twitter. Olly is a vocal and powerful advocate for reinvigorating the MFL curriculum in England so that we can reach more students and help more people achieve fluency. In this discussion, Olly shares his passion for MFL and argues c…
 
Indu Bedi, consultant and master teacher, will share how to make writing instruction a successful experience for language learners based on an Australian program called Teaching ESL Students in the Mainstream. You can find the resources mentioned in this podcast with this link (https://tinyurl.com/2sbav6de). To learn more about one of Tan’s courses…
 
Teacher motivation: A hugely important topic we don't discuss nearly enough. In many countries around the world, teachers are leaving the profession in huge numbers. So what can school leadership do to ensure their teachers remain motivated? In this episode we delve into this thorny issue with a look at recent studies on teacher motivation and disc…
 
Drawing on recent research around error correction and feedback, this episode provides six easy to implement strategies that allow the teacher to give meaningful feedback to students whilst ensuring it doesn't harm their basic psychological need of 'competence'. These strategies will hopefully give you some ideas about how we can ensure our feedbac…
 
We all have to teach the 'basics' like numbers, dates, colours and letters in one way or another... or do we? What if the students just naturally acquired all of this basic vocabulary through motivational strategies and activities in the classroom? In this episode I explain how I introduce these items and the various, zero-prep, activities I use to…
 
In this question and answer episode, we look at the topics of teaching culture, the one important thing to change in our languages classrooms (from my perspective at least!), how to build confidence in our learners and how to adequately challenge our high achievers in each lesson. Thank you to all the lessons who submitted questions! For full detai…
 
Episode 25 of The #MotivatedClassroom is all about Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) and the most common questions people have about it as a way to help learners acquire language more naturally. I go through some of the questions you have submitted about assessment, units, planning and many others! This is a very practica…
 
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