What should we bring for the conference?

If you want hard copies of the handouts, be sure to print them and bring them with you.  It is up to presenters to post their handouts before or after the conference. Check the conference schedule at the provided link in the spring.

Although it  is NOT necessary, you may want bring your textbook(s), readers, curriculum and any other materials that you use. Just pay attention to airline luggage weight restrictions. (50 lbs. on most carriers)

Bring:

handouts

refillable coffee cup

refillable water cup

sweater or jacket

typical ‘school’ supplies (i.e.: pens, paper, laptop, etc.)

seat cushion (Remember, this is a SCHOOL, so you’l be sitting in the same seats in which students sit.)

When should we arrive?

Arrive Sunday evening for a Monday morning start. Registration begins MONDAY at 7:30a.m. and the conference opening at 8:30a.m.

When should we depart?

The conference ends Thursday afternoon at approximately 1:00p.m.. Many people are staying through the weekend to enjoy what the city has to offer. To avoid missing any of the Thursday events, schedule your flight no earlier than 4:00p.m. Thursday afternoon. 

How soon do I have to register?

This conference has sold out 5 years in a row. Every year it sells our earlier and earlier. We can never guess when we will reach capacity, but in years past we’ve been sold out by mid May.

Due to limited space and high demand, we can not hold spaces.  Registration will not confirmed until payment or a purchase order is received. If you register without submitting payment, and your payment is not received by the deadline stipulated on your confirmation, your spot will be released to another. Note that if you have not paid by the date of a scheduled rate increase, your registration fee will increase to the current posted rate.

Is there a partial-conference registration option?

Due to limited capacity and high demand for this conference, we are unable to allow registration for individual days. Allowing partial registration could potentially prevent another teacher from attending the entire conference. Conference capacity is set for the overall conference, not for each day. Once we reach capacity, we close registration, and that means that a partial registration would eliminate someone who registered later from participating. If we have not reached capacity a week before the conference, we may allow partial registration on a case-by-case basis.

Is there a lower registration fee for teachers working abroad?

To keep conference costs fair and at a minimum for all participants, we are unable to offer any discounts, regardless of your country of residency. Put another way, the cost to put on a conference of this magnitude is the same no matter where participants come from.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you cancel for any reason, you will be assessed a cancellation fee based on the date when you cancel:  On or before June 9, 2019 – $50 per person. No refunds after June 9, 2019.

Any name change requests made after June 1, 2019 (for an individual or group registration) will result in a $25 per-name-change fee.

Once you submit your registration and your registration is processed (2 business days), a $10 fee will apply for any changes to your conference registration. After May 15, 2019, NO changes to your conference registration will be allowed. WHY?… Because conference organizers immediately begin analyzing your registration information to carefully place each participant in the most appropriate group. This takes an enormous amount of time, and each shift we make to one’s registration can have a domino effect on our grouping of cohorts. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

 

How do I know which track is best for me?

Do teachers receive materials as a part of this training?

All sessions and workshops will have a variety of handouts, which will be available to attendees.  Each presenter will provide his/her own unique handouts.

What makes this iFLT Conference different from other conferences?

  1. iFLT has a broad vision of teaching for acquisition. The goal is not to limit you to learning just one approach, but to help you hone your skills in ANY approach that is aligned with the principles of SLA and proven to facilitate acquisition.  iFLT maintains a holistic approach to training,  featuring powerful sessions on CI-based strategies as well as TPRS-specific sessions.
  2. Secondly, iFLT, with the guidance of Diana Noonan, was the first conference to feature Language Labs, which are live language classes with real students. No other conference offers four days, three languages, six classes and six of the nation’s top SLA-focused instructors.  The iFLT concept is simple, yet powerful! There are 3 simple steps to iFLT training:
    1) Watch live language classes, observing students and MASTER teachers in action.
    2) Train with the nation’s top presenters and learn various techniques appropriate for novice to experienced CI/TPRS practitioners.
    3) Practice specific techniques that are relevant to your skill level and your teaching situation. Get personalized guided practice with seasoned coaches who have been highly trained in CI-based instruction.

3. NEW in 2018 and continued in 2019! ‘Teaching Labs’

Experienced teachers will have the opportunity to apply for an exclusive training segment that will provide them the opportunity to be mentored by an expert CI practitioner as they teach a REAL language class.  It’s the most authentic and powerful instructional coaching available. For experienced teachers only, by application only.

Can I receive university credits by attending the conference?

Yes, multiple university credit options are available through the U of Pacific. Click here.

What if I need a roommate?

Once you register, we will send you a URL to join a document that lists potential roommates. If you would like it to be known that you need a roommate, you can add your name to the list. Check that list frequently to see if any new names have been added. Note that neither iFLT nor Fluency Matters provide background checks or verification of an individual’s information. Nor can we be held responsible for finding a roommate and/or for determining if a person would be a compatible/suitable roommate. We strongly encourage you to interview prospective roommates before making a decision about rooming together.

Are any meals included?

Light lunches will be provided Monday through Wednesday for conference participants only. (Lunch for family members and language students is not provided.)

What is the minimum age required for a student to participate in the Language Super Camp?

8 years old or going into 4th grade.

Will there be childcare at the conference?

Please note that there is NO childcare provided before or after the language camp. In order to maintain a professional, productive atmosphere and due to limited space, children will not be allowed to attend the conference or be on campus outside the hours of the language camp.