Podcasts

This Language Talk: KWLA podcast, Comprehensible Input, features hosts Laura Roché Youngworth and Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby discussing the role of language input and instructional strategies with Jillian Lykens, German teacher in Colorado Springs and Grant Boulanger, Spanish Teacher and 2017 ACTFL Teacher-of-the-Year Finalist. Topics include: world language approaches, proficiency-based instruction, comprehensible input (CI), CI strategies, and comparisons of CI and proficiency-based instruction. If you have an idea to share for the podcast series or an event for the Outreach Clearinghouse...
Published September 15, 2017

News and Updates for the 2017-18 School Year features host Laura Roché Youngworth discussing upcoming KWLA events and developments at the state level related to World Languages with KWLA President Lucas Gravitt, President-Elect Emmanuel Anama-Green, and World Languages Consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education Alfonso De Torres Núñez. Topics include the upcoming KWLA conference in Louisville in September, opportunities for professional development and advocacy, plans for the World Language Showcase, and news about the Program Review and Senate Bill 1, Accountability Standards,...

Published August 17, 2017

Our eighteenth Language Talk: KWLA podcast, Struggling Learners and Literacy, features hosts Laura Roché Youngworth and Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby discussing research-based strategies to engage at-risk learners in the world language classroom with author and UK professor Francis Bailey (Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and...

Published March 2, 2017
In Language Talk #17 Laura Roche-Youngworth speaks with the director of the annual Kentucky World Language Association Showcase, Lydia Kohler, and the chair of one of the host departments at the University of Kentucky, Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby. They discuss plans for the event on the UK campus on March 25, 2017, from student competitions to the professional fair and other cultural events at the Showcase. For more details on the KWLA Showcase, visit kwla.org/showcase or contact Lydia Kohler at showcase@kwla.org
Published January 25, 2017
Our sixteenth Language Talk: KWLA podcast, Authentic Materials in the Language Classroom, features hosts Laura Roché Youngworth and Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby discussing using authentic materials in the language classroom, from the beginning to the advanced levels, with UK Professors Ruth Brown (Hispanic Studies) and Harald Hoebusch (Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures). They share some resources and tips on how they use them in the classroom (and outside of it) to enhance language and cultural learning. They also discuss how using authentic resources engages students...
Published November 9, 2016
Our fifteenth Language Talk: KWLA podcast, Overhaul of the Kentucky Program Reviews, features host Laura Roché Youngworth discussing with guests Kelly Clark and Alfonso de Torres Nunez from the Kentucky Department of Education the changes in process and format of the KY Program Reviews. Topics include: overall structure, reporting, and changes of the Program Reviews as well as detailed components of the Global Competency/World Language (GC/WL) Assurances and GC/WL Program Review. In the Polyglotting News, updates include state-wide efforts for the Seal of Biliteracy, Universities and Colleges...
Published October 4, 2016
Our fourteenth Language Talk: KWLA podcast, the Seal of Biliteracy, features hosts Laura Roché Youngworth and Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby discussing with guest Arthur Chou of Velázquez Press aspects of the national movement to honor students with Biliteracy skills. Topics include: the background of the Seal, what the Seal is, advantages it brings to a district or state, and steps one can take towards implementation. If you have an event or idea to share on the Outreach Clearinghouse, please contact Laura Roche (laura.roche@fayette.kyschools....
Published September 19, 2016
Sara Merideth, president of the Kentucky World Language Association, talks about the plans for the KWLA Conference in Louisville from September 15-17, 2016. She also describes her participation in the ACTFL-sponsored Leadership Initiative for Language Learning and the 6 Core Practices of World Language Teaching that are the focus of the LILL meetings. The music from this podcast is Intellectual Flypast by Doctor Turtle, provided by the Free Music Archive. Podcast producer: David Cole.
Published August 29, 2016
Our twelfth Language Talk: KWLA podcast, Unique World Language Learning Opportunities, features hosts Laura Roché Youngworth discussing in and out school opportunities for learning languages that extend past the traditional middle and high school learning opportunities with Jennifer Kennedy, of Southern Elementary in Fayette County, Lucas Gravitt, of Scott County High School and the Central Kentucky German School, and Emmanuel Anama-Green of Harlan County High School. Topics include: FLES programs, Independent weekend schools/classes, and dual-credit classes. If you have an...
Published July 7, 2016
Episode 11 of Language Talk features a round-table discussion with Prof. Stayc Dubravac, Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching World Languages at the University of Kentucky, Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby, Chair of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Kentucky, and Thomas Sauer, an Independent Consultant specializing in language education. The guests discuss three broad topics: challenges in the world language profession today; the role of language and global competence in the curriculum; and professional development for teachers. If you have an...
Published April 18, 2016

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