Dear colleagues, One thing that I have learned over the years (this is my 22nd year of teaching Spanish) is that without reflecting on my own practice, I cannot move forward. Additionally, I have continually experienced the power of reflecting and sharing in a collaborative...

At iFLT conferences, one of the distinctive features is the language labs: classrooms where highly experienced comprehension-based language teachers teach elementary through high school-aged students. Conference attendees can observe these classrooms, gaining insights from these opportunities to see teaching in real time with young students....

Hi everyone! I have a mission for you all! The purpose of the blog is teachers sharing with teachers! If you haven’t seen our summer FOMO (fear of missing out) series from iFLT by Arianne Dowd, you need to check it out! Now that it is...

Hello everyone! It's Allison from Mis Clases Locas. This past December like many of you I participated in the 12 Days of Fluency Matters giveaways. I was lucky enough to win e-course subscriptions. I will be honest, at the time I was a little skeptical...

Thank you so much for following this iFLT18 FOMO blog series! Before turning this final blog post over to Arianne, please allow us to just express a HUGE thank you to Arianne Dowd for diligently attending as many diverse sessions as possible and taking incredibly...

Gary DiBianca seems to find himself in a predicament of many teachers I meet. He has to use a traditional textbook. However he has found a magical way that seems to make it work as he blends the textbook with CI. One example of how Gary...

Linda Li shared the ACTFL statement about 90% target language (TL) use. Together we analyzed it and noticed that it states that students AND teachers are supposed to be using TL almost exclusively, beyond the classroom and in all levels! TL use is one of...

Kara Jacobs and I presented about the power of triple input in film. However as I viewed Kristy Placido and Donna Tatum-Johns' session on delivering CI with a TV series I realized there were a lot of similarities! Both are building Intercultural Communicative Competence. ACTFL...

August 6 - The Name of the Game is Comprehensible Input by Cindy Hitz, 7:00 p.m. EDT   Games serve as an interactive and fun way to teach for proficiency and provide additional CI of structures and vocabulary found in novels, class stories, and MovieTalks. In this...

I was able to see pieces of two of my FAVORITE teacher authors, Kristy Placido and Carrie Toth. Each session had elements of Content Based CI that I would love to share. I find that my intermediate students truly enjoy these types of units. Kristy...

“There wasn’t much session variety.” “No one explained anything.” “But, what does that look like?” “I don’t know where to find the presenter’s resources.” “The coaches and presenters weren’t accessible.” In capturing what makes iFLT such a special event, I reflect on the aforementioned statements that (spoiler alert!) were not overheard at iFLT 2018 in Cincinnati. So,...

Welcome back, CI Peek followers! After a brief summer hiatus, we are back in full-force! You are in for a real treat as we begin a new series: "FOMO CI Peek Blog Series" by Arianne Dowd! We will sail into the new school year with...

Whew! Wow! What a great week it was! We had so much fun with all of the #iFLT18 participants, coaches, presenters, and students! Our new cohort format was well-received and we are looking forward to reading everyone's feedback and planning to make #iFLT19 EVEN BETTER! We...

Most teachers who use any form of storytelling in their classrooms will tell you that props can make a huge difference in the level of fun and engagement of their lessons! Whether you are StoryAsking with actors, or using Reader’s Theater following a chapter of...

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Many of us are now enjoying a much-deserved summer break and the rest of us are in that home stretch! Summer can bring on a wide range of feelings and emotions for teachers, from relief, to anxiety, to pure joy, to dread. We also have...

You've been pouring your heart into providing your students with a comprehensible input-rich acquisition environment all year long, and now you're wondering how much of that effort will still be evident by September! Summer homework, unless students are heading into an AP class in the...

This past week, Dr. Stephen Krashen published a blog post entitled “90% fever: Should we require that the teacher use the target language 90% of the time in class?” Being the researcher he is, he expressed his misgivings about ACTFL’s statement about 90% Target Language,...

There was recently a lively discussion on the iFLT/NTPRS/CI Teaching Facebook Group about how TPRS novels / Comprehension-based readers are assigned a level. The discussion made me realize that there is currently no uniform (or even remotely similar) formula or system among the various publishers/authors...

  At iFLT 2017, I presented a session called “Digging out of the Reading Rut.” In this session, we explored ways to read chapters of a text differently and activities to follow up those chapter readings. Because many Fluency Matters comprehension-based readers have 10 chapters let’s...

At iFLT 2017, I presented a session called “Digging out of the Reading Rut.” In this session, we explored ways to read chapters of a text differently and activities to follow up those chapter readings. Because many Fluency Matters Comprehension-based readers have 10 chapters let’s...

4th quarter has arrived and both students and teachers find themselves looking toward the end of the school year. The last 9 weeks can be both exciting (our students are able to do things they couldn’t in August) and tiring (seniors have senioritis and so...