This is Part 2 of the interview with Becky Kelley. We continue to talk about her context — teaching French in a high school in America. We touch upon subjects such as being a non-native speaker, and the importance of finding and expressing your style in teaching.
About the Guest: Becky Kelley is currently a French teacher at Windsor High School in Windsor, Vermont. She also spends her summers working at the Middlebury Interactive Languages Summer Academies, where she will be the French Language Director this summer. She has taught French and ESL in a variety of contexts, from France to California and from middle school to adult. She holds a Master’s degree in Teaching Foreign Language from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.
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Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music, and Why We Should, Like, Care (John McWhorter) – A book exploring the social dynamics of language. In this book, he explores the difference between formal and casual language. It’s an interesting work with a sociolinguistic flavor. Purchase here: http://amzn.to/2n7YMpS
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) – Here you can find the ACTFL Proficiency guidelines and use it as a tool to assess your learners, depending on your situation and contexts. This type of guideline is much more detailed than generic level names.
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