Please read Track Descriptions carefully so that you register for the most appropriate cohort.

Please note:

We strongly encourage you to carefully select your track BEFORE you register.

If you are uncertain of your track, please use this self-placement guide.

If someone else is registering you online, please fill out the paper form so that they have accurate information when completing your registration.

 

A $10 service fee will  be charged for each change made to your conference track selection. You will have until May 15, 2019 to change your track selection. After May 15, 2019, NO changes to your  conference registration will be allowed.

 


Beginning Acquisition-driven Instruction (ADI)

You belong in a Beginning cohort* if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have no previous experience with training in acquisition-driven instruction (ADI). 
  • You have attended previous trainings, but have yet to implement it.
  • You do not completely understand how to accomplish ADI.
  • You understand ADI but cannot implement it yet.
  • You are interested in learning how to more immediately apply a variety of fundamental skills and techniques for facilitating acquisition.

*Beginning Cohorts: Groups of 25-30 like-minded educators who will work together throughout the week as they develop their skills. 

Monday:

Learn about principles of Language Acquisition and the Basics of Acquisition-driven Instruction (ADI)

View a demonstration of ADI in less commonly taught language

Spend time reflecting, asking questions and receiving guided practice  

 

Tuesday – Thursday mornings:

Observe language labs and/or attend sessions.  

 

Tuesday – Wednesday afternoons:

Guided practice and Q/A with cohort mentors and coaches

Attend specific workshop with your cohort

Advanced-beginning Acquisition-driven Instruction

You belong in a Advanced-Beginning cohort* if any of the following apply to you:

  • You understand acquisition-driven instruction but cannot consistently implement it.
  • You have previously attended a multi-day training in acquisition-driven instruction in which you experienced a demonstration ADI in a less commonly taught language.  (i.e.: iFLT, regional CI conference or multiple shorter ADI/CI trainings).
  • You have attempted to implement various comprehension-based readers or curriculum with(out) success.
  • You have started to explore the topic of acquisition-driven instruction on your own through books, blogs and social media.
  • You are somewhat new to the principles of second language acquisition and how they inform instruction.

Monday:

Attend Advanced Beginning Cohorts (groups of 25-30)

Participate in reflection, guided practice and Q/A with cohort mentors and coaches

 

Tuesday – Thursday mornings:

Observe language labs and/or attend sessions.

 

Tuesday – Wednesday afternoons:

Attend sessions of your choice

Ask questions with your cohort leaders

Practice under the guidance of your cohort mentors and coaches

 

Tuesday and Wednesday Lunch Time:

Have the opportunity to further refine your presentation skills through Lunch-time Talks

Select the Intermediate Cohort
that best fits your skill level.

See detailed descriptions below.

Intermediate-low

You belong in Intermediate LOW if you use ADI less than 50% of the time in your classroom, with inconsistent success.  Choose this level to build foundational skills and gain confidence.

Intermediate-mid

You belong in Intermediate MID if you use ADI more than 50% of the time in your classroom, with fairly consistent success. Choose this level to expand your skills and make them an inherent part of your instructional practices.

Intermediate-high

You belong in Intermediate HIGH Cohort if ADI is an inherent part of your instructional practices and you implement it with consistent success.  You are close to being experienced enough to teach it to others, but would like to continue to refine your skills before you venture into training others.

Intermediate-low Skill Level

You belong in an Intermediate- low cohort if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have previously attended a multi-day Comprehensible Input (CI) or regional CI conference or other shorter trainings in which you have been a student in a demonstration of CI-based strategies in a less commonly taught language.
  • You have explored the topic of acquisition-driven and/or CI-based instruction  on your own through books, blogs and social media.
  • You have a working knowledge of the principles of language acquisition and how they inform instructional practice.
  • You are interested in implementing  ADI instruction more naturally with ease, consistency, and less stress.
  • You consistently use various CI-based approaches (at least 50% of the time)  to facilitate language acquisition but have not yet gained enough skill or confidence to make those approaches your own/to develop your own style.
  • If you use ADI less than 50% of the time in your classroom, with inconsistent success. Choose this level to build foundational skills and gain confidence.

Intermediate-mid Skill Level

You belong in an Intermediate – mid cohort if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have previously attended a multi-day Comprehensible Input (CI) or regional CI conference or other shorter trainings in which you have been a student in a demonstration of CI-based strategies in a less commonly taught language.
  • You have explored the topic of acquisition-driven and/or CI-based instruction  on your own through books, blogs and social media.
  • You have a working knowledge of the principles of language acquisition and how they inform instructional practice.
  • You are interested in implementing  ADI instruction more naturally with ease, consistency, and less stress.
  • You consistently use various CI-based approaches (at least 50% of the time)  to facilitate language acquisition but have not yet gained enough skill or confidence to make those approaches your own/to develop your own style.
  • You belong in Intermediate MID if you use ADI more than 50% of the time in your classroom, with fairly consistent success. Choose this level to expand your skills and make them an inherent part of your instructional practices.

Intermediate-high Skill Level

You belong in an Intermediate – high cohort if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have previously attended a multi-day Comprehensible Input (CI) or regional CI conference or other shorter trainings in which you have been a student in a demonstration of CI-based strategies in a less commonly taught language.
  • You have explored the topic of acquisition-driven and/or CI-based instruction  on your own through books, blogs and social media.
  • You have a working knowledge of the principles of language acquisition and how they inform instructional practice.
  • You are interested in implementing  ADI instruction more naturally with ease, consistency, and less stress.
  • You consistently use various CI-based approaches (at least 50% of the time)  to facilitate language acquisition but have not yet gained enough skill or confidence to make those approaches your own/to develop your own style.
  • If ADI is an inherent part of your instructional practices and you implement it with consistent success.  You are close to being experienced enough to teach it to others, but would like to continue to refine your skills before you venture into training others.

Monday Morning:

Work with an Intermediate Cohorts (groups of 25-35)

Reflect, ask questions and participate in guided practice

 

Monday Afternoon:

Choose from a menu of  workshops designed for the Intermediate Track

 

Tuesday – Thursday morning:

Observe language labs and/or attend sessions.

 

Tuesday – Wednesday afternoon:

Attend sessions of your choice

Guided practice and Q/A with cohort mentors and coaches

 

Tuesday and Wednesday Lunch Time:

Refine your presentation skills learn from others through Lunch-Time Talks

Experienced Skill Level

Apprentice Teacher Opportunity

Hone and expand your skills by teaching a live language class under the guidance and mentorship of a master teacher. Available to experienced teachers only. Choose from an adult beginning Spanish Lab or an adult beginning French Lab.*  Limit: 3 teachers per language, by application only. Interested teachers, apply here.

Teachers in the experienced track will have ample opportunities to work collaboratively with other like-minded professionals who have similar levels of experience and similar interest in pushing themselves to improve and grow in SLA-friendly practices and in their understanding of SLA.

You belong in an Experienced cohort if any of the following apply to you:

  • You can easily sustain comprehensible and engaging interaction in the target language.
  • You can engage in interpretive and interpersonal modes of communication through communicative. events that are
    natural, engaging, and conducive to SLA.
  • You can consistently see evidence of acquisition and proficiency growth in your classroom.
  • You have skills that are solid enough to share and model strategies for colleagues.
  • You have enough knowledge to explain and/or defend your instructional practices.

Monday:

 

  • Select from various workshops strands, continuing throughout the week.
  • Choose from a menu of topics and sharing ideas/experiences with other experienced track attendees.
  • Attend the 2-hour ACTFL Proficiency training or other workshops specifically designed for experienced teachers.
  • Prepare questions for the ACTFL-iFLT Panel, to be held Monday afternoon.

Tuesday:

MODIFIED OPI ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP (MOPI)  – Available for Additional Fee

This one-day workshop introduces the ACTFL rating scale, the structure of the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and techniques of administering and rating the OPI, including its applications in the language classroom. Participants observe and conduct live practice interviews at Novice and Intermediate proficiency levels. Participation in a MOPI Assessment Workshop is the first step toward becoming an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester with Limited Certification. The MOPI workshop will be conducted in English for a mixed-language group. For more detailed information about MOPI training, please visit ACTFL

You have the option of becoming an apprentice teacher in the Adult French or Spanish Language Lab. (See details above.)

 

Tuesday-Thursday Mornings

 

Observe language labs and/or attend sessions.

 

Tuesday and Wednesday Afternoons

Choose to discuss, network, plan and collaborate with colleagues in “Collaboration Rooms.”

Choose from a menu of sessions and workshops designed for the Experienced Track.

 

Tuesday and Wednesday Lunch Time:

Refine your presentation skills or learn from others through Lunch-Time Talks.