A summer without language class has left Brandon Brown feeling deflated and now he is on a mission! Brandon heard that planning for proficiency and preparing students for exit exams like the AP starts in level one! Could it be true? Are there seeds of AP themes even in the lower levels of a language program?

Over the next several weeks, Fluency Matters will be hosting a “Flat Brandon” contest. We would like to see how you’re planning for proficiency by diving into meaningful contexts across your curriculum! We’ll share a series of blog posts highlighting easy ways to use comprehensible language to lay the foundation for increased language proficiency and the role comprehensible readers play in building this foundation.

You might be thinking, “We don’t even offer an AP option in our school!” That’s ok! This contest is more about retaining students, building fluency, and preparing them for upper level studies than it is restricting participation to AP teachers! (And besides, we never know where our students may end up.)

We want to see how you are using Brandon Brown to engage students, facilitate acquisition and help learners to become global citizens. Show us how Brandon Brown inspires your students to use the language outside the four walls of the classroom.

Enter the contest by printing out Flat Brandon, coloring his clothing  and  accesorizing his wardrobe  to reflect the AP theme your class is targeting. You may incorporate Brandon into a new “setting” by adding a new background if you like! You may even hold your own Flat Brandon contest in your classroom and select one as your official entry! Your submission should incorporate the printout of Flat Brandon AND visually communicate proficiency-mindedness through one of the 6 AP themes:

1. Beauty and Aesthetics
2. Global Challenges
3. Science and Technology
4. Contemporary Life
5. Families and Communities
6. Personal and Public Identities

Once Brandon is decorated, either send a single (digital) photograph or a collage of him participating in the unit of study so we can watch him learn and grow in global and communicative competence. Tell us in 1-2 sentences what Brandon has been up to in your classroom. We are looking for images that capture Brandon acquiring language and becoming globally minded through communicative activities that are creative, innovative, and enjoyable! Remember, the path to proficiency should be pleasant!

Share images on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #flatBrandonCIPeek and tag @FluencyMatters. You may also enter on Facebook by posting your photo on the Fluency Matters Facebook page with the hashtag #flatBrandonCIPeek. Limit ONE entry per teacher, please! The contest deadline is October 24 and we will announce our winner on October 31. The winner will receive a class subscription to the Fluency Matters’ Flip Book E-course for the novel of their choice! Up to 150 students will have full access to the E-course for 5 months (limited to current availability)! All Flip Book E-Courses include an online novel, audiobook, pre- and post-reading activities, and comprehension quizzes.

View full contest terms and conditions here.

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