Practical Proficiency Podcast

Practical Proficiency Podcast

Where world language teachers gather to transition to proficiency oriented instruction through comprehensible input. All through practical, real-life, teacher-friendly ideas that make teaching language more joyful! Hosted by Devon of La Libre Language Learning.

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May 16, 2024 12 mins

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We're continuing this series on the new 2024 ACTFL guidelines. This answers a common question I get - what level should my students be in and how do I know that?  Let's talk about what Novice Mid actually looks like and what it means for your world language program.

Check the ACTFL 2024 Proficiency Guidelines here 

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The new ACTFL Proficiency guidelines for 2024 are HERE! Our new series comes from a common listener question - what level should my students be in and how do I know that?  Let's talk about what Novice Low actually looks like and what it means for your world language program. 

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It's here, the one we world language teachers have been waiting for - culture lessons! However, culture is complex. Our solution to exposing students to widely diverse cultures should be equally complex and thoughtful. Here's some practical ideas to get you started.
Find the mentioned free French Units for back to school here 

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Hey hey hey, it's assessment day! This could be a giant deep dive. 
Today, we're focusing on how to switch mindsets from our assessments being an occasional to a REGULAR and CRUCIAL piece of the proficiency-oriented classroom. 
They help your students as much as they help inform you!

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Today's element - input! This is a proficiency teacher favorite. We always talk about how important it is, but that doesn't always mean that YOU need to be the source. 

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In this episode, we discuss a list of the people I enjoy learning from to further my journey into equity-driven education. These are the trusted speakers, writers, and teachers to follow and keep in your feed!

Head here to the accompanying blog post for the list of DEI speakers and leaders in the world language space. 

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Today's element - the class! Everything should be a conduit for conversation in world language. So where does that leave teachers? As the party host, of course!

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Let's dive into how to use movies in your classroom! Allison of Mis Clases Locas is an expert in utilizing culture-rich movies as a source of input and cultural perspectives, especially for multiprep teachers.

Connect with her below and be sure to join the conference in June!!

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Today's element is all about the speaking and the signing: how to make sure we're doing the right speaking activities at the right time.

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This is the essential world language teacher framework for each piece of your target language rich classroom based on proficiency practices. If you're into proficiency-oriented instruction, here's where to start.

Today's element deep dive is on how to finally get interaction with your students through 2-way communication: rejoinders, hand signals, the works!

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This is the essential world language teacher framework for each piece of your target language rich classroom based on proficiency practices. If you're into proficiency-oriented instruction, here's where to start.

Today's element deep dive is on the one we use the most in class: a target language delivery system. Learn one of the key elements of making proficiency WORK FOR YOU instead o...

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This is the essential world language teacher framework for each piece of your target language rich classroom based on proficiency practices. If you're into proficiency-oriented instruction, here's where to start.

Today's element deep dive is on real-world context. We teach one of the most useful skills in the world. Let's keep it that way!

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Dive a little deeper into the #1 element - curriculum, scope, and sequence.

This is the essential world language teacher framework for each piece of your target language rich classroom based on proficiency practices. If you're into proficiency-oriented instruction, here's where to start.

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This is the essential world language teacher framework for each piece of your target language rich classroom based on proficiency practices. If you're into proficiency-oriented instruction, here's where to start.
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This is my story of what proficiency-oriented instruction for world language teachers means to me. How I got started with comprehensible input, how much I loved it, messed up, and then learned there was a more practical approach to teaching language. 
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