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Teaching Grammar: Exploring The Definition Of Grammar, Different Approaches To Teaching, and How To Engage Our Students

Our guest: Dr. Mark McAndrews

For some, grammar has a reputation for being the "boring" aspect of language learning. However, grammar is fascinating! All languages have their own unique grammatical system, and there is so much potential for it to be taught in a way that is engaging. 

For that reason, in this episode we are joined by Professor Mark McAndrews to talk all about the history and different approaches to teaching grammar. Professor Mark McAndrews teaches courses in Concordia’s B.Ed. in TESL and M.A. in Applied Linguistics programs. He has previously taught in the U.S., China, and Nunavik, Northern Quebec. In this episode we’ll be addressing the questions: how can teachers make teaching grammar more engaging and student-centered? How have our approaches to teaching grammar changed over time? What discussions about grammar can we have with our students?

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Assessment and Evaluation: Discussing Different Approaches, Scaffolding, And The Role Of Mental Health – With Prof. Heike Neumann

Our guest: Dr. Heike Neumann

Assessing students can be a point of stress for a lot of teachers. There are so many questions to consider: are my assessments fair? Have they been scaffolded? Is there a golden ratio between formative and summative assessments? What format should they be? Are my rubrics clear? Do my assessments reflect the competencies? 

In this episode we are joined by Professor Heike Neumann to discuss this crucial aspect of teaching. Prof. Neumann is a faculty member in Concordia's Department of Education. Among other classes, she teaches courses on language assessment, and testing, evaluation and course design. In this episode we’ll be addressing questions such as: how should we balance initial, formative, and summative assessments? How should teachers approach external factors that may affect evaluation, such as mental health issues and unforeseen circumstances? Should assessment always be graded? 

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Understanding Unions: What They Are, And How Do They Help Teachers

Our guest: M.T.A President Lori Newton

Typically, teaching is a unionized job. Unions are wonderful support systems that advocate on behalf of workers. However, sometimes at the beginning of your teaching career, it can be difficult to understand exactly how your union is there to help you. Especially in your first year, it is often challenging to find the time to really understand the ins and outs of your union. 

To answer all union-related questions, we are joined by Lori Newton, who is the president of the Montreal Teachers Association. She will be addressing questions such as: why are unions important, and how do they negotiate on behalf of teachers? When should a teacher speak to their union representative? What is a collective agreement?  

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