Teaching Traveling: Welcome, Steven Langlois, the traveling education rocker behind Educorock! Steven, tell us a bit about your background.
Steven: My name is Steven Langlois and I am a Department Head of Modern Languages and a French Immersion teacher at Sandwich Secondary School in LaSalle, Ontario, Canada. This is my 21st year teaching. In that time, I have taught French (Core and Immersion), English, History and Spanish at seven different schools to students in grades K to 12. On top of my teaching duties, and those as a husband and father, I am also a full-time educational composer, author and performer of songs and music videos that help students learn French, Spanish and English. I have worked with most of the major educational publishing companies in North America and some overseas as an author, composer or consultant. I have presented workshops, sessions and keynote addresses around the world on topics from motivating students with music to current topics like Multiple Intelligences, Scaffolding and the Common European Framework. Under the stage-name “Étienne” (and now “DJ DELF”, as well), I have taken my “classroom” global having performed concerts for students in cities all over the world.
TT: Awesome! Tell us more about your travels.
S: For the past 21 years, I have been blessed to have performed sold-out concerts in theatres and arenas to students and teachers literally all over the world. While most of my time is spent performing educational concerts throughout North America from Alaska to Florida and Halifax to Vancouver, I have had concert tours in New Zealand, Australia and I have performed in China and even at sea!
TT: Wow! How do you find your travel opportunities?
S: It found me. Being “Etienne” was NOT something that I ever purposed to become. It wasn’t even me that made up the stage-name. These two facts are intertwined in the same story of how it all started.
Back in 1993, like many teachers that didn’t have a job, I was a “substitute teacher.” At the time, I was covering a maternity leave that was about to expire, I asked Elaine Marentette, the French Consultant at our Board (known then as Perth County Board of Education), if I could address the French teachers of the Board at our next French meeting. Back then, teachers were responsible for phoning their own substitute teachers if they were going to be sick or away from class. I wanted to share some songs and activities that I did with my students (during that maternity leave job I was covering) so as to convince the French teachers of the Board that I would be a reliable teacher to call upon in their absence.
Bottom line, my mission failed. I never did get a single call to work as a substitute teacher. But, the teachers were so excited about the songs and activities, they demanded copies. And, the French Consultant was so excited that she said, “We have our own French rock star here. It’s ETIENNE!” (taking my name “Steven” and putting it into French: Etienne). From there, word of mouth spread about the songs and by the time the next year had rolled around, I was working full-time as an educational performer while starting my full-time teaching career.