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What is FM-iFLT?

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!

Unrivaled 3-step Training

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.

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What to Expect

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

Our Presenters

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!

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Our Coaches

Coaching moves participants from theory to practice. Practice CI-based strategies in small groups with highly trained and experienced coaches. 

 

  • Process techniques and ask questions.
  • Apply new skills and refine existing skills in a non-threatening, nonjudgmental environment.
  • Inform your own practice by observing others during the coaching process.

Language Camp

 

Grades 3-12

Hands -on, Interactive Learning Experience focusing on:

  • Music: Learn common phrases through music.
  • Stories: Create and hear a variety of interesting stories.
  • Videos: Interact in the language through video-based content.
  • Conversation: Naturally pick up useful phrases through authentic and relevant conversations.
  • Reading: Level-appropriate readings strategically written with students’ needs and interests in mind.

 

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IFLT Conference FAQs

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!

University Credit Options

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.

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iflt Lunch Talks

If you are not eligible to submit a proposal in 2020, we highly encourage you to give a Lunch Time Talk.

Many iFLT LunchTime Talkers have gone on to become presenters!

Attendees Interested in Presenting

Attendees who would like to present must meet the following requirements:

  • Potential presenters must have previously attended iFLT.
  • Potential presenters must be registered for iFLT 2020 at the time of proposal submission.
  • Session topic must focus on acquisition, communicative comprehension-based language instruction, CI-friendly strategies/approaches, classroom management in the language classroom, etc.
  • Proposal must be aligned with the principles of language acquisition, using appropriate terminology and based on best practices.

 

Special consideration will be given to attendees who:

  • Have previously presented this or another session at a local, state, regional or national conference.
  • Have successfully implement ADI in your classroom for at least 2 years.
  • Have presented a Lunchtime Talk at a previous iFLT
  • Have a successful track record in the classroom

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