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Inspired Proficiency

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Nov 27, 2018

Welcome to episode 13 of the Inspired Proficiency podcast with your host- Ashley Uyaguari! Inspired Proficiency is podcast that explores the world of language teachers, and the tricks, tips, games, resources and inspiration they recommend using in your classroom.

In this episode Ashley is joined by Kara Jacobs, a teacher from New Hampshire with 20 years’ experience under her belt.  Kara used to rely on teaching out of a textbook, but has transitioned to a more comprehensible input and language acquisition style of teaching.  In this episode Ashley and Kara talk about using a song or music video as a story in the classroom, and how to leverage that music video as a content rich teaching resource.   

Listen as Kara and Ashley discuss:

  • Seeing through both the teacher’s lens and the student’s lens in the classroom
  • Thinking about songs as stories
  • Tricking and sneaking words from the target language into the classroom
  • Utilizing images and photos as much as possible
  • Transitioning from textbook teaching to language acquisition
  • Interpretive listening activities such as ‘The Marker Game’
  • The activities you can take advantage of day to day by using the song as content
  • Celebrating the last day of the project by singing and dancing as a class


As always, you can find Ashley on Twitter @profeashley, and be sure to use the hashtag, #InspiredProficiency.  If you have any questions or would like to reach out to Ashley, she would love to hear from you via email at


Ashley is also hosting a workshop on January 29 in Tyngsborough Massachusetts.  Followed up with a workshop on January 30 in Nashua New Hampshire. On the first day you will be able to sit in on four classes. You’ll see how Ashley uses different methods, and speak with her students about their experience and proficiency progress.  On the second day Ashley will go into how she did the planning and assessment for the day of classes. For more information and to register, visit:






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