Meaningful Interaction with Culture in the World Language Classroom


Introducing our special podcast series that explores how World Languages educators can create more meaningful interactions with culture in their classrooms.

Episode 3: Assess for Cultural Understanding

In episode three, Auténtico authors Rich Sayers and Peggy Boyles provide examples of ways educators can assess cultural understanding.

Episode 2: Investigate and Interact

In episode two, Auténtico authors Rich Sayers and Peggy Boyles provide examples of ways educators can use intercultural comparisons to help students to relate to new cultures based on their own experiences.

Episode 1: Investigate and Interact

In episode one, Auténtico authors Rich Sayers and Peggy Boyles discuss ways educators can create opportunities for their students to investigate and interact with culture at varying levels of language proficiency.

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Podcast Guests:

Peggy Boyles has been involved in world language education for over forty years having taught elementary, secondary, and university students in both private and public schools. She is currently an independent consultant who provides assistance to schools, districts, universities, state departments of education, and other organizations of foreign language education. Her areas of expertise include curriculum, assessment, cultural instruction, professional development, and program evaluation. She was a member of the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for the K-12 Learners task force and served as a Senior Editor for the project. She also served on the Advisory Committee for the ACTFL Assessment for Performance and Proficiency of Languages (AAPPL). Peggy is a past president of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Language Education.

Rich Sayers has been involved in world language education since 1978. He taught Spanish at Niwot High School in Longmont, Colorado, for 18 years, where he taught levels 1 through AP Spanish. While at Niwot High School, Rich served as department chair, district foreign language coordinator, and board member of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers and the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching. In 1991, Rich was selected as one of the Disney Company’s Foreign Language Teacher Honorees for the American Teacher Awards. Rich is an author on the Savvas Learning Auténtico Spanish language program.

Podcast Guest Host:

Adam Velthaus is the Product Marketing Manager for World Languages at Savvas Learning Company. He has been in educational publishing for over 25 years, and is passionate about language learning.

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About the Author

Adam Velthaus

Product Marketing Manager for World Languages