McCallie’s goal is for students to not simply “learn” a second or third language, but to “acquire” it, and by doing so to understand the cultures and personal perspectives of people in other parts of the world. That’s one of the themes touched on in a podcast discussion among four language teachers at McCallie. The discussion is part of McCallie’s Stories from the Ridge podcast series.
The latest episode features Dean of Faculty and Curriculum Sumner McCallie talking with the language teachers about their teaching methods and the importance of language proficiency in today’s global world. Joining Mr. McCallie are Frank "Paco" Watkins, Spanish teacher and chair of the department, Paul Cudd, German teacher, Jason Jones, Latin teacher, and Carson Murphy, Chinese teacher. In addition to discussing the how’s and why’s of teaching languages, the panelists share their own stories about how they became language teachers, their experiences of travel to other parts of the globe, and the importance of having students participate in travel opportunities.
The podcast can be found here or by searching for “Stories from the Ridge” on major podcast platforms. This is the third of several podcasts on McCallie’s academic departments. Previous podcasts featured teachers from the science and English departments, and throughout the remainder of 2021, podcasts will be added with fine arts, math, music, and history.