|Welcome to SHOP TALK. Shop Talk is an online, interactive meeting for French teachers. Shop Talk airs regularly every second Sunday evening from 7pm-8pm EST (times may vary, see calendar). Shop Talk has been called the “Oprah Winfrey Show for Language teachers.” Drop by anytime during this “pedagogically sexy” hour to catch up on the following features:|
|Today’s Hot Topic segment features live interviews with the movers and shakers of the field of French education. Each week, we focus on one of the most relevant topics in our field including technology in the classroom, pedagogical trends, classroom management, assessment and evaluation, project-based learning, authentic task-based learning, listening, reading, writing and speaking activities for your French classroom and more.|
|Be ready to copy and paste free weblinks and files that you can use the very next day in your French classroom and for the rest of your career. And, feel free to share some of your own with others. Some weeks, we co-create public domain documents and resources to be shared by all. Search below and grab copies of some of these creations we have co-authored.|
JUST SOME OF THE SPECIAL, UPCOMING TOPICS:
-Jane Lapko – Teaching students with IEPs, special needs, ADHD, etc. in the FSL classroom. Date TBA.
-Josette Bosc – Food with benefits! Cooking demos that we can do with our French students. Date TBA.
At the time of a scheduled SHOP TALK, you only need to click this big “CLICK HERE” button to join in. It’s that easy!
Missed an episode? Watch some of these French teachers favs from Shop Talk’s past:
|Fun in the French Classroom? PART THREE – Good or bad? Are you for or against the idea? Catch up with PART THREE of this serious topic of fun in the French classroom.||Fun in the French Classroom? PART TWO – Good or bad? Are you for or against the idea? Catch up with PART TWO of this serious topic of fun in the French classroom.||Fun in the French Classroom – PART ONE – Good or bad? Are you for or against the idea? Catch up with PART ONE of this serious topic of fun in the French classroom.|
|Shut up! Now there is Speech Recognition too!?!?– Watch this Shop Talk clip as special guest Sharbel Lufallah (President, Wired Solutions) shares about the new Xpresslab Speech Recognition technology available to millions of French students.||Teacher, speaker, advocate, Catherine Ousselin (USA) – Award-winning teacher Catherine Ousselin shares her insights, philosophies and opens the proverbial door to pedagogical Narnia with us on this episode of Shop Talk. Enjoy!||Dr. Gianfranco Conti live from Malaysia – During this Shop Talk episode we picked the brain of Dr. Gianfranco Conti, one of the most active academics on the planet. Dr. Conti shares with us his open, honest and transparent ideas, thoughts and insights.|
|UK author Steve Smith – This Shop Talk episode featured popular author Steve Smith from the UK. Steve shared stories from his 33 years of teaching and his past 5+ years as an author and continued learner of best practices in the field of French language studies.||100’s of French online activities – Watch this Shop Talk clip as special guest Sharbel Lufallah (President, Wired Solutions) shares about the upcoming Xpresslab Premium Content Library filled with hundreds of French activities; free to millions of French students.||Do you do grammar? – One of the most controversial topics in language education today… grammar. Do you grammar? Does it have a place in the French classroom? This Shop Talk tackles this topic without apology. Drop your own comments in the YouTube comment section.|
|Classroom Management – Whether you are a new teachers, experienced or about to retire, classroom management is a key to an effective classroom. Are we talking discipline? What does classroom management even mean?||The multi-wonders of speaker Larissa Aradj – If it is new and effective, Larissa knows about it. Come and join this special Shop Talk event and learn why Larissa has traveled across Canada to speak with eager French teachers.||The Journey to the Destination of Proficiency – On overview and takeaways of how to incorporate the end goals, backward design, project-based, authentic task and action-oriented approaches in the French classroom.|
Shop Talk strikes a balance between keeping you on a zen journey of “pedagogical correctness” and strolling the path of lighthearted fun, health and happiness.
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Did you know that the “French Playground” was created by over 100 teachers from Shop Talk? Click image to check it out: