Fluency Matters International Forum on Language Teaching is a grassroots group inspired by a cadre of passionate language educators who wanted to create a gathering of like-minded language educators to further the field of acquisition-driven language instruction (ADI).
Key influencers include:
• Dr. Stephen Krashen, creator of the Comprehension (or Input) Hypothesis and numerous other theories that have helped to shape contemporary views on language acquisition
• Diana Noonan, Denver Public Schools Supervisor of World Language and innovator of the ‘Language Labs’, a key part of FM-iFLT and one that makes this language conference stand out from all the others
• A host of other educators dedicated to ADI/CCLT (Comprehension-based Communicative Language Teaching), including Jason Fritze, Leslie Davison, Karen Rowan, Teri Wiechart, Carol Gaab, CA COACH initiative members and many others.
With Herculean effort, the inaugural conference was launched in 2010. Because of the tremendous amount of resources (time, financial backing, administrative and organizational staff) a conference of this magnitude requires, iFLT was turned over to Fluency Matters in 2013. Since its inception, the conference has gained the respect and support from language educators around the world, so it’s only logical that other conference organizers would try to replicate it. FM-iFLT continues to base its goals and ideals on the original iFLT and relies on the collaboration of its founders, in addition to numerous other professionals who are unwaveringly dedicated equitable acquisition-driven instruction.
Being able to communicate in another language is a life-long benefit that should be available to ALL learners, regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status or GPA. FM-iFLT is dedicated to helping teachers align their instructional approach(es) with the principles of SLA (second language acquisition) so they in turn, can help ALL learners develop proficiency in another language. FLUENCY MATTERS!
1. Observe SLA-informed strategies in action as you observe live language classes with real students, grades 3 – 12, taught by seasoned, (inter)nationally recognized ‘language facilitators.
2. Learn innovative strategies and train with the nation’s top SLA-focused trainers.
3. Improve your skills and practice CI-based strategies in a personalized cohort format with experienced, highly-trained coaches.
The unique cohort-style training provides customized training in an intimate setting, regardless of your experience or skill in ADI.
Learning Labs: Observe live language classes taught by master ADI teachers.
Roundtable Forums: Concentric and socratic forums designed to inform, inspire and challenge participants.
Collaboration Rooms: Open rooms for planning, discussing, collaborating and/or brainstorming. See the “Collab Room” Schedule for tasks and topics.
Lunch-time Talks: 5-minute talks designed to share golden nuggets of wisdom, inspirational messages, and/or powerful strategies.
Differentiated Training: Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate and Experienced Cohorts
iFLT is comprised of more than 50 trainers and coaches who are highly skilled in acquisition-driven instruction. All have years of experience teaching in acquisition-centered classrooms, and all are seasoned trainers with long track records of training and coaching success.
There’s no doubt– You will be learning from some of the best coaches, teachers, and presenters from around the world!
Coaching moves participants from theory to practice. Practice CI-based strategies in small groups with highly trained and experienced coaches.
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If you have questions before or after you register the answers might be here. These are the most frequently asked questions about the iFLT conference. Of course if you don’t find the answer here please feel free to EMAIL US.
For a free Q&A pre-recorded webinar with several of the iFLT cohort leaders, click here!
Not only is the iFLT conference a great opportunity for you to improve your teaching skills and become an even better Foreign Language Ambassador, you can also gain university credit. Semester hours from University of the Pacific, Center for Professional and Continuing Education are available for attending the iFLT conference.
Attendees who would like to present must meet the following requirements:
Special consideration will be given to attendees who: