Four Conference Tracks to choose from

Beginning TPRS Track

Intended for teachers who have had minimal TPRS-specific training (0-6 hours) and who have not successfully or consistently implemented TPRS strategies more than 50% of instructional time.

 

Participants will:

• learn the fundamental principles of second language acquisition with Dr. Stephen Krashen

• experience a TPRS demo in a rare language;

• learn the 3 steps to TPRS;

• develop strong TPRS® skills with experienced coaches who are specifically trained to guide participants through personalized, small group practice.

NOTE: Due to the steep learning curve and time required to hone TPRS skills, participants in this track will follow the beginning workshop all week. Guided practice with trained coaches will be an integral part of this continuing track. Teachers in this track will have the option to select from a menu of session options Wed. – Friday mornings.

Main Presenter: Katya Paukova

Additional Presenters: Carol Gaab, Diana Noonan

Beginning TCI Workshop/Track

Intended for teachers who have had no previous experience or training in CI-based strategies OR who may have had previous TPRS® training but who have not successfully implemented the TPRS approach in the classroom.

Participants will:

• learn the fundamental principles of second language acquisition with Dr. Stephen Krashen;

• experience a demonstration of a wide variety of CI-based strategies in a rare language;

• learn how to facilitate SLA through a variety of CI-based strategies, including scaffolded questioning, TPR, TPR sequences, story sequences, various reading activities, videos, and more.

NOTE: Participants in this track will attend a 4-hour workshop on day one and then choose from a variety of sessions specifically designed for beginners throughout the rest of the week. Beginning CI teachers will have ample opportunities to experience personalized, guided practice with master teacher-coaches who are highly trained in CI-based strategies.

(Day One) Workshop Presenter: Carol Gaab

Intermediate Workshop/Track

Intended for “False Beginners” (those who have had some training AND experienced a demo of TPRS®/CI strategies, but at the same time lack confidence and experience) and/or for teachers who understand the principles of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and who are interested in refining their skills.

During the workshop,  participants will:

• Learn to identify specific instructional practices that are not aligned with the principles of SLA and learn how to modify them to facilitate SLA.

• Practice key techniques proven to result in SLA.

• hone specific skills through personalized small group practice with master teacher-coaches who are trained in in CI-based strategies.

During the week,  participants will have the opportunity to:

• Observe live language classes.

• Attend sessions on a wide variety of topics.

• Practice skills with highly-trained coaches.

• Network, plan and collaborate with like-minded colleagues in “Collaboration Rooms.”  A schedule of relevant topics will be posted and designated to specific rooms, just  for collaboration. (Delve deeper into SLA theory, collaborate on a culture study, find and organize resources, share music and songs, etc.)

NOTE: On day one, participants in the intermediate track will attend a 4-hour workshop, which will include intensive training on SLA-friendly teaching practices and extensive guided practice with seasoned instructors-coaches.  The rest of week, participants will follow the intermediate conference track, which will feature a variety of presenters and sessions that are specifically gear toward intermediates.

(Day One) Workshop Presenter: Jason Fritze

Experienced Track

Intended for for those who can easily sustain comprehensible and engaging interaction in the target language at least 90% of the time.

CI Leader Launchpad
Become a leader in your school, your district, and in our field at iFLT 2017! Bring your experience, insight and ambition to transform world language education, and we will provide a platform and outlet through which to share and hone your skills. Delve deeper into topics that are relevant to experienced teachers and dip your toes into the pond of presenting. Experienced TCI teachers are invited and encouraged to present a 15- to 20-minute session on a topic that you find compelling and/or a topic about which you feel confident enough to share. A link to a proposal form will be sent in your registration confirmation.

Given your knowledge and skill level, participants in this track will:

• Engage in small-group forums on day one, selecting from a menu of topics and sharing ideas/experiences with other like-minded professionals. Present a short session on a topic of your choice in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

• Network, plan and collaborate with like-minded colleagues in “Collaboration Rooms.”  A schedule of relevant topics will be posted and designated to specific rooms, just  for collaboration. (Delve deeper into SLA theory, collaborate on a culture study, find and organize resources, share music and songs, etc.)

• Have the opportunity to further refine your presentation skills through lunch-time “Ignite” sessions.

• Select from an extensive menu of sessions focused on a wide variety of relevant topics.

• Work with highly trained coaches to hone both your coaching skills AND your teaching skills.

NOTE: 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.

Choose Beginning TPRS if you have NOT 1) had more than 6 hours of TPRS training and/or have never experienced a TPRS demo. 2) consistently used TPRS/TCI strategies in your own classroom for at least one full year; do not have any skill in the following techniques: circling, PQA, story-asking, embedded reading. 3) Do not know the principles of SLA and the implications for classroom practice.

Choose Beginning TCI if you: 1) are interested in learning to teach for SLA in general vs. learning to implement the TPRS method specifically.   2) can NOT spontaneously and comfortably ask comprehensible questions and/or sustain comprehensible and engaging interaction in L2.  3) Do not know the principles of SLA and the implications for classroom practice.

Choose Intermediate if you:
1) know SLA theory and the implications for classroom practice.

2) do not feel natural, confident or comfortable implementing TPRS and/or TCI strategies.

3) are not able to sustain comprehensive and engaging interaction in L2 at least 80% of the time.

Choose experienced if you:
1) feel comfortable and confident enough in your classroom practices to share your skills/knowledge with other like-minded professionals.
2) are ready to be challenged to reach new heights of effectiveness.
3) want to refine your skills and learn new strategies.