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Foreign Language Pedagogy Podcast

Sep 12, 2019

We interview our guest, Benjamin Rifkin, Dean and professor of Rusia at Hofstra University and the author of several textbooks, including most recent Panorama (co-authored with E. Dengub and S.Nazarova). 
Tune in as the podcast host Dr. Natalie McCauley and her guest discuss a number of topics related to language teaching and assessment, such as:
- how oral prociency workshop changed Dr. Rifkin's teaching;
- why it is important to study abroad and why just “being there is not enough";
- how teachers could reducee their presence in the classroom so that students get more time to use the language;
- why successful language classroom is a ‘noisy’ classroom;
- the concept of "intensity of engegement' and an alternative approach to lesson planning;
- how Dr. Rifkin assigns and structures students' presentations; 
- ways to sustain students’ motivation as they continue their study of Russian, 

and many others.
We hope you will enjoy this interview with Professor Benjamin Rifkin!
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