Reading builds language proficiency, there’s no doubt about it! Research shows that readers have stronger vocabularies, higher test scores, and deeper interest in the subject matter they are studying. We have shared numerous blog posts about how to use reading to help students gain higher levels of language proficiency and now we are excited to announce that we are going to host a webinar series on the same topic!
Reading level-appropriate, learner-centered resources helps to build competency that bridges the gap to authentic resources. We all know that levels of language study are NOT equivalent to students’ levels of proficiency. Our goal is to help students immediately begin to develop communicative competence and to prepare them to tackle authentic texts with ease and confidence.
Join Carol Gaab, Kristy Placido and Carrie Toth for this special Fluency Framework Webinar Series, “Reading: Before, During, and After.” This unique event will allow you to learn specific skills and strategies, implement them in your own classroom, and follow up with the Fluency Matters Cohort* to share triumphs and/or struggles, ask questions, seek advice and/or strategize future lessons.
The “Series AND Cohort Package“ includes training and follow-up ‘homework,’ which we have designed specifically to guide you through implementation of strategies with step-by-step instructions and support. One week after the webinar, our Fluency Matters cohort (led by Carol, Carrie and Kristy) will meet together to discuss implementation, share experiences and grow together. Our goal is to keep you moving forward in your journey toward acquisition-driven instruction. University credits are available!
There are 3 ways to participate in this event:
REGISTER EARLY! *Cohort limited to 35 participants.
December 4 – Guided Reading Strategies. Your students have the books in their hands and anticipation in their eyes… Now what?! Learn how to keep whole-class reading comprehensible and engaging.
December 11 – (Cohort participants only) Debrief, reflect and follow up on the new skills you’ve worked on during the week.
January 8 – Pre-Reading Strategies. Discover key strategies to prime your students for optimum acquisition before you even crack open a book. Learn how to calculate the ‘Reading Ratio’, pique interest, and build familiarity with vocabulary and concepts through a variety of techniques that will leave you empowered and your students dying to start reading!
January 15 – (Cohort participants only) Debrief, reflect and follow up on the new skills you’ve worked on during the week.
February 5 – Variety Keeps it Going! The brain craves NOVELTY! Keep reading fun and keep students on their toes with a variety of guided reading techniques! Reading strategies, scaffolding for a variety of learners, student grouping, and more!
February 12 – (Cohort participants only) Debrief, reflect and follow up on the new skills you’ve worked on during the week.
March 5 – Hooks! How to use the Teacher’s Guides. You downloaded the teacher’s guide but it remains an untapped resource in your arsenal. How can you find the right supplements to maximize the reading experience with your students?
March 12 – (Cohort participants only) Debrief, reflect and follow up on the new skills you’ve worked on during the week.
April 9 – Choosing the Right Reader. With more than 30 choices for Spanish teachers, looking for the right reader can be overwhelming! How can you make sure your unit starts off on the right foot?
April 16 – (Cohort participants only) Debrief, reflect and follow up on the new skills you’ve worked on during the week.
May 7 – Making Connections. The reader is a big hit and you want to make it a full unit. Where can you go to find the right resources to milk the input for all it’s worth. (Films, music, authentic stories, pictures, etc.)
May 14 – (Cohort participants only) Debrief, reflect and follow up on the new skills you’ve worked on during the week.