Professional development can be a mixed bag. Sometimes it’s great, and sometimes it feels out of touch with the everyday classroom.
Most of you know what it feels like to sit through some sort of PD at the end of a long day: listening to information that’s not exactly relevant to you, while your mind drifts to all the thing still on your to-do list when you get home.
Teacher’s time is precious, so podcasts are a perfect solution to growing as a teacher without adding “one more thing.” This list includes Spanish and teacher podcasts that are truly worth your time!
I’m a fan of podcasts as they let me squeeze PD into my busy schedule by using those mindless moments– sitting in traffic, folding laundry, while exercising.
And lucky for all you Spanish teachers, there are some amazing podcasts out there you won’t want to miss.
This is your chance to grow and get new ideas, without adding “one more thing” into the schedule.
If you are here looking for podcasts for Spanish learners and/or to improve your own Spanish, you can browse my post on The Best Podcasts for Spanish Learners. You can find suggestions for all ages and levels there!
Top Podcasts for Spanish Teachers in 2020
Produced by Becky Morales, Language Latte covers everything related to teaching language. She does an incredible amount of research for each episode, and it’s curated to be easy on the ears, with compact, thoughtful discussions.
Topics so far include using novels, the culturally inclusive classroom, IPA’s, music, classroom management, and more.
Inspired by Proficiency is another gold mine of practical and solid advice for language teachers. Ashley Uyaguari hosts the show and has had a great cast of expert interviewees so far, with advice on brain breaks, games, defining comprehensible input, and more.
The site is missing some links, so you may want to go directly to the iTunes page.
For those of you who love the heady, theoretical side of language teaching, Talkin’ L2 with BVP is probably your cup of tea. Bill VanPatten is a widely recognized expert on Second Language acquisition and covers topics like acquisition, explicit teaching vs. implicit knowledge, and what communicative teaching and tasks are.
As a busy mom and teacher, I sometimes get impatient with the chattiness, but there’s good info here!
We Teach Languages now contains more than 120 podcast episodes, featuring teachers and language experts. It seeks to answer the questions “What does excellent language teaching look life?” with a diverse set of guests.
Created with Spanish speakers in mind, Radio Ambulante is a storytelling podcast that covers topics related to Latin America and the Spanish-speaking population in general.
Definitely add this one to your podcast repertoire if you are trying to keep up your Spanish skills and want some high-interest authentic listening.