The Kate Languages Podcast

by Kate Languages

The Kate Languages Podcast covers a wide range of education-related topics, from teacher wellbeing, to classroom management and ideas on teaching and learning foreign languages. While the majority of my content focuses on the experiences of MFL teachers in the UK, it is not exclusively for languages teachers - many of the broader themes are relevant to all teachers all over the world. For more information about me and my wor ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 7

  • Episode 1 - Q&A Episode 6

    Episode 1 - Q&A Episode 6

    Season 7 is here! As always, the first episode of the series is a Q&A episode. I had some amazing questions for this season and I really hope you’ll find my answers helpful! Let me know if you agree or disagree with what I’ve said for any of them - get in touch on my social media (I’m Kate Languages on Facebook and Instagram) or through my website https://katelanguages.co.uk/ In this episode, you can find out my thoughts on GCSE uptake and motivating reluctant learners, which fun/cultural elements I recommend including in your curriculum, my take on different MFL teaching pedagogies, how to maintain a work-life balance when you have a child… and many more! Joe Dale is my podcast producer and the music is by Coma-Media from Pixabay.

  • Season 6

  • Life After Teaching with Bex Waker

    Life After Teaching with Bex Waker

    CW: This episode contains discussion of panic attacks and stress at work. This was my third ever live podcast recording and it was such a great conversation! Bex is a fellow ex-MFL teacher, who is now working as the MFL Subject Adviser for Pearson Edexcel, and we discussed everything from what made us want to quit the classroom to what we are doing now. We also gave some (hopefully helpful!) advice for those of you who are thinking of leaving teaching. We had lots of great questions and comments from the live audience, which added so much to the discussion. We also answered some questions from our Instagram followers - have a listen to find out if we answered yours! Bex can be found on Instagram @pagepracticepodcast or LinkedIn as Rebecca Waker. Her website is https://learninglinguist.co.uk/ During the episode, we mentioned the Facebook groups “Life after teaching” and “Adventures after teaching”. I am not a member of either of these Facebook groups, so can’t verify the content of them, however. We also referred to the website https://www.didteach.com/ as a useful resource for those thinking of leaving teaching. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on the episode, so get in touch on Facebook and Instagram (I’m Kate Languages on both) or email me through my website https://katelanguages.co.uk/ Joe Dale is my podcast producer and the music is by Coma-Media from Pixabay.

  • Checking for Understanding

    Checking for Understanding

    In the penultimate episode of season 6 of the Kate Languages Podcast, I’m talking all about checking for understanding in MFL lessons. More precisely, I’m telling you what NOT to do… and then giving you my thoughts on what you should be doing instead. For example, you shouldn’t be explaining a grammar point or task and then asking “OK, any questions?” and then expecting students to just get on with the work if no hands go up. I also don’t think you should be cold-calling students without giving them time to think of answers/questions, or praising outcomes without focusing on the process. I don’t think you should be giving feedback on specific errors without linking to the bigger picture, and I definitely don’t think you should be allowing half-formed answers as final answers. To find out what I mean by all that and what my solutions are, have a listen to this episode! I have delivered CPD on this topic and am available for bespoke CPD on topics such as this one or any of the other topics I discuss in the podcast. Get in touch to find out more! As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on the episode, so get in touch on Facebook and Instagram (I’m Kate Languages on both) or email me through my website https://katelanguages.co.uk/ Joe Dale is my podcast producer and the music is by Coma-Media from Pixabay.

  • Stretch and Challenge in MFL

    Stretch and Challenge in MFL

    In today’s episode of the Kate Languages Podcast, I describe my ideas for how to stretch and challenge your students in MFL lessons. If you’re hoping for an episode on differentiation and creating lots of different worksheets for individual learners, I’m afraid you’re in the wrong place! I really believe that stretch and challenge is for everyone, and in the episode, I explain why. I also outline why I think the traditional labels of “high ability”, “middle ability” and so on might not be fit for purpose anymore, and how we can stretch and challenge all students, while ensuring that every student feels supported and able to achieve. Sounds impossible? I really don’t think it is! Listen to the episode to find out why! And if you’d like to dive deeper, sign up to my online workshop “Stretch and Challenge - Effective Extension Tasks” on 25th March 2024: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stretch-and-challenge-in-mfl-online-cpd-workshop-registration-844612577957 As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on the episode, so get in touch on Facebook and Instagram (I’m Kate Languages on both) or email me through my website https://katelanguages.co.uk/ Joe Dale is my podcast producer and the music is by Coma-Media from Pixabay.

  • Knowing when to quit

    Knowing when to quit

    CW: This episode contains discussions about mental health and thoughts of self harm. In this episode of the podcast, I outline five warning signs that might mean it’s time to think about quitting or changing/reducing your work. From feeling physically ill, to constantly procrastinating and daydreaming, to feeling out of alignment with your values, these are my own red flags when it comes to knowing when to quit. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on the episode, so get in touch on Facebook and Instagram (I’m Kate Languages on both) or email me through my website https://katelanguages.co.uk/ Joe Dale is my podcast producer and the music is by Coma-Media from Pixabay.