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Find the following information in this iFLT 2016 IMPORTANT INFORMATION document.

    • Attire Bus Transportation Child Care
      Conference Check-in Conference Clean-up Raffle Confirmation Receipt
      EventMobi Lunch Parking
       Airport Transportation Water Bottles/Coffee Cups


ATTENTION!: ‪#‎iFLT16‬ keynote with Dr. Bill VanPatten & Round table with Dr. Stephen Krashen will be LIVE STREAMED! Join us Tues., July 19 at 8:50a.m. & 1:15p.m. Voilà! You’ll join 450 language teachers from 46 states and various other countries as they learn from our internationally-renowned SLA experts.  Many thanks to our featured speakers and our host school–Chattanooga School of Arts & Sciences– for helping us make this happen!

iFLT 2016 Schedule July 12
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We have a very nice lunch menu–included in the cost of your registration.  We have tried to get a variety of dishes, however, we are not able to accommodate everyone’s specific wants and needs.  If these don’t work for you, please arrange to bring your lunch or go out.  Check out Yelp,  TripAdvisor, or Google, etc. for options near Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS), 865 E 3rd St, Chattanooga, TN 37403.

July 19:
  Baked ziti with meat sauce (with some vegetarian ziti)
  Garden salad with assorted dressings on the side
  Garlic rolls
  Sweet and unsweet tea, lemonade
July 20:
  Assorted sandwiches, croissants, etc. (to include some vegetarian options)
  Individual bags of chips
  Sweet and unsweet tea, lemonade
July 21:
  Hand pulled BBQ pork (with a vegetarian option)
  Baked beans
  Sweet and unsweet tea, lemonade


Have a talent? Have a passion? A cool tech trick? Something fun from your classroom or personal life you would like to share? Ready to take a risk,? Have fun? Be creative?  Give an IGNITE talk during lunch.
For more info:  IGNITE  

We suggest you print several copies of the observation checklist to use as a guide as you observe language lab teachers. Checklists also help to you remind you of items you may want to later discuss during the debrief sessions.

HANDOUTS will be available through
Check under each session or under each presenter after July 14.

The Coaching Room will be in the Library on the third floor of CSAS every hour of the conference, with special coaching for the Beginner Workshop Wed. and Thurs. 3:30-4:30.  The coaches have generously offered to provide additional coaching after the last session of the day Tuesday through Thursday afternoon 4:30-5:30–rather than twiddling your thumbs while you wait for the bus, you can go to the open coaching room to observe or to be coached on various strategies.

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865 East Third Street,  Chattanooga  TN  37403

The Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS) is a beautiful century old brick school. The classrooms have large windows with lots of light.  Some have beautiful views of the mountains.  There is an elevator if you need it, otherwise bring your Fitbit.  There are air conditioners in each room.  If you tend to get chilled, it would be good to bring an extra layer each day.

A bus will take you to the school from the Read House each morning and back each afternoon. It is a 1.5 mile walk if you wish to get some exercise.  (It is hilly.)

Listen to Dr. Stephen Krashen Monday at 4:00p.m. FREE of charge,
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COMPELLING READING AND PROBLEM-SOLVING: the easy way (and the only way) to high levels of language, literacy and life competence.

I propose a simple universal: the attainment of the most advanced levels of language, literacy, knowledge, and competence comes from two sources: reading and problem-solving. Both the reading and the problems to be solved are self-selected, both are limited to a fairly narrow domain, and both are of intense interest: boths are “compelling.” This hypothesis is supported by traditional empirical evidence, as well as case histories of those who succeded with little or no schooling. In cases where schooling helped, it is proposed that school promoted compelling reading and problem-solving. I also hypothesize that there are three stages on the route to the most advanced level of literacy and mastery of a speciality: (1) stories (2) extensive self-selected reading, including substantial amounts of fiction, which helps with social problem-solving and helps us discover our special interests, and (3) reading related to the problems we are attempting to solve.


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