Are you interested in attending the 2016 iFLT conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee?

We are going to hold a drawing and ONE lucky person will win a free registration** to iFLT!

There are 2 steps you need to take to be entered to win!

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  2. Leave us a comment on this post below! Please tell us why you hope to attend iFLT in your comment.

We will hold a random drawing of all of the readers who have completed these 2 steps, and the winner will be announced on APRIL 5, 2016! The winner will be notified by e-mail and announced here! Enter by midnight April 3, 2016 EDT.

**Please note, the prize is registration. The winner is responsible for transportation and lodging costs associated with attending the conference.

  • mlopez716
    Posted at 19:05h, 13 March

    I don’t have many opportunities to go to conferences due to a lack of funding, but I really would love the opportunity to meet with like-minded teachers!

  • patrolfes
    Posted at 19:07h, 13 March

    I went last year and it was AWESOME!!!! Plus, April 5th is my birthday so it would be an awesome birthday present!

  • sradibujo
    Posted at 19:12h, 13 March

    I hope to attend just because of the sheer awesomeness that will be there, and in the hope of continuing to grow as a teacher.

  • Enid Reed
    Posted at 19:18h, 13 March

    This would be a dream come true. I am slowly but surely changing the way we teach world languages in my district. This year we were able to purchase 6 class sets thanks to a grant fro our PTA. Although we are having great results, there is so much work to be done and lots of minds to bring to the other side. I would love to to be able to learn from the best so that I can come back home and share what I so wholeheartedly believe in: comprehensible input and authentic materials is where is at. Please, please, pick me!

  • attheculdesac
    Posted at 19:23h, 13 March

    No one near me does TPRS and I’ld really like to attend to learn more.

  • Krista Kovalchick
    Posted at 19:25h, 13 March

    I just returned from CSCTFL and now would LOVE LOVE LOVE to come to IFLT in July to be immersed in more TPRS/CI strategies. And of course to see so many of my favorite people!

    Posted at 20:11h, 13 March

    I have been obsessing over all you CI Yachats and want to find out if all the changes I’ve made in my classroom are right. I read martina bex, carrie toth, bryce Henderson, peto, gaab, kristy placido, sharron birch, the palyma etc…website. i follow all of you on Twitter and feel like i will be star struck to meet you all in person. I admire all everyone of you share for us newbie and hour after the conference i will feel confident to start contributing.

  • Elizabeth Dentlinger
    Posted at 20:11h, 13 March

    What an awesome opportunity! I would love to come to iFLT so I can converse with other like minded teachers (best feeling ever!) while learning how to better help other teachers interested in honing CI skills. I’m especially interested in Tuesday’s Google/CI-friendly tech session as my school recently became a Chromebook school, and I need all the tech ideas I can get! 😉

    Posted at 20:20h, 13 March

    OMG pick me pick me, I’ll be your guinea pig, after i finish being star struck by all my favorite CI teachers. I spend countless hours following carrie toth, martina bex, kristy placido, sharron birch, carol gaab, bryce henderstorm, mike peto and many many more. I admire and appreciate all that you all have done and shared. I hope to be able to attend so i can be confident in the changes i have made in my classroom. I hope to start contributing after this conference.

    Posted at 20:23h, 13 March

    Should i see my comment here?

  • Kathy Griffith
    Posted at 21:05h, 13 March

    I would love to have the training that iFLT offers. Thank you for offering an opportunity for teachers to experience this amazing conference!

  • Kathy Griffith
    Posted at 21:14h, 13 March

    I would love to have the opportunity to experience the training that iFLT offers. I am so thankful for the chance to win such an amazing prize, as so many of our schools don’t have the funds for conferences. Thank you for doing this!

  • Greg Gross
    Posted at 21:34h, 13 March

    I am a first year tprs/ci teacher. Or more accurately a 4 monther. I have my admin almost convinced to let me change the whole department to ci, but I need more training! As with so many other schools, our budget is tight. This would go a long way to getting the approval I’ve been turned down for!

  • Tamara Gann
    Posted at 21:45h, 13 March

    I would like to radically change my teaching style to make my students love Spanish as much as I do. I know this great opportunity to start my journey in that direction!

  • Michelle Nicola
    Posted at 21:52h, 13 March

    I have been selected to be on a team to revitalize and renovate language teaching in our district. This workshop would give me lots of tools and techniques to present to my team. Plus, I’ve taken virtual workshops from Carol and Kristy before and loved them.

  • Alexandra Patrascu
    Posted at 22:21h, 13 March

    I would LOVE to come to IFLT because I am the only one in my area doing CI/ TPRS and I don’t have any training in I other than following the “big dogs” on social media and learning from their blogs. I would love to meet Martina and tell her that she changed my teaching and thank her. My district doesn’t allow funds for that and it’s a lot to handle for my personal finances.

  • Karen Wilson
    Posted at 22:35h, 13 March

    I would love to attend but have never been able to. The chance to network with fellow CI teachers and learn from the best would be amazing! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Stephanie Egli
    Posted at 22:49h, 13 March

    Hi, I have been a teacher for over 20 years and have been slowly morphing to use more CI especially after my dearest colleague and friend went last year to CI conference and came back w enthusiasm and ideas that she has tried to help me with ( She is a saint) and I am grasping ideas…. but need SO MUCH MORE HELP! I am looking for the confidence and the comfortable feeling of seeing a true direction and having the feeling that I actually get it and not just the tip of the iceberg…I love seeing the kids learning this way!

  • Carolina (@SpanishTogether)
    Posted at 22:55h, 13 March

    How exciting! I have never had the opportunity to attend a formal training! This would be awesome!

  • courtney willis (@senorawillis)
    Posted at 23:18h, 13 March

    So many people inspires by the same superstars as me, and motivated by the same desire to fire up our students about the awesomeness of learning to communicate in another language (or two!). Would love to be able too attend this year, I have not been before. ¡Gracias por la oportunidad!

  • Ruth Gaer
    Posted at 00:32h, 14 March

    As I have recently embarked on my journey in the CI world. I have found myself to be excited about teaching again. I am continually learning everyday and seeing positive results in the classroom. I am intrigued and I want to keep learning more. I would love to learn from the experts by going to iFLT.

  • reedg
    Posted at 00:48h, 14 March

    I went last year and it is a one of a kind conference. I learned so much, met such great contacts, and want to attend again this year. I learned so much from watching teachers teach using TPRS and the sessions are great.

  • Lisa
    Posted at 02:39h, 14 March

    I have been switching over to TPRS this year. I love it, but still feel so inadequate at times. I could REALLY use more training!

  • Robyn
    Posted at 07:26h, 14 March

    I used to be a pretty good TPRS teacher. I quit teaching altogether for awhile and wasn’t sure I wanted to go back. At the beginning of this school year, I began a part time tutoring position for Burmese kids learning English in a high school. The kids were great but it was very difficult being in different classrooms where I wasn’t the teacher. Then an old friend of mine contacted me and said her school didn’t have a Spanish teacher and only had had subs all semester. I wasn’t excited until the next day. I began this position at the beginning of December and plan to be here till they roll me into the nursing home. BUT, I’m still working at maintaining my stamina, mental and physical. AND, I have been out of the CI loop for a long time. I don’t know how to do an embedded reading or a movie talk. I’ve done some CI with my students but I need so much help. It will be great to start the school year off at the beginning but I need to know how to do some of these amazing ways of delivering CI and connecting with kids better. I’ve recently inquired about grant money for building a classroom library. I’m excited as to the possibilities but I need this conference. My kids need for me to go to this conference.

  • Chris Eubanks
    Posted at 07:54h, 14 March

    I have really benefited from CI training and would love a chance to continue the journey at IFLT.

  • profekathyny
    Posted at 08:34h, 14 March

    It looks like I may be working with new co-teachers next year and I really want to be able to fully share and encourage them to use CI techniques. That means that I need to go back and hear it all again so that I can be the best mentor possible. Since our school is going to be under construction, I will need the best, most positive attitude possible going into this year. There is no greater extended teaching family than this group. I already follow many of the leaders and draw great inspiration from this group. I am in the process of totally redesigning my own course around the novels and teacher’s guides from TPRS Publishing. I would love to win the chance to attend this conference!

  • Amber
    Posted at 08:37h, 14 March

    I went last year for the first time. After that, I ditched my textbook and my desks! I need support moving forward. The learning curve is huge, but oh so worth it!

  • Anne Haffey
    Posted at 10:32h, 14 March

    I would love to attend because it is relatively close to me and I am wrote a grant for books and am using them this year. I would love to learn more ideas and be inspired.

  • Ann Cedeno
    Posted at 12:36h, 14 March

    I would be ‘over the moon’ to get to attend my very first iflt conference – To revel in the wisdom of my CI gurus and enhance my professional network of inspirational, talented teachers of world languages – and then, in turn, to see how my new-found knowledge and fine-tuned repertoire of CI skills will enhance the language acquisition experience of my students.

  • Shelly Hugghins
    Posted at 12:41h, 14 March

    I would love love love to attend this conference. My school district only provides funding for local conferences to teachers, so I am unable to attend the fabulous conferences that most of the wonderful CI teachers attend. Next year, we are moving to a Pre-Ap program where I will be teaching Pre-Ap Spanish I and II, and then year 3 and 4. I have many great resources at my disposal because of all the fabulous things so many teachers share, but I feel an even greater responsibility to be trained in CI. This would be a fabulous opportunity to interact with and learn from the best in the business!!

  • Kathy Griffith
    Posted at 13:11h, 14 March

    I would so love to attend this conference! I covet the training that I would receive at iFLT, where I learn how to ask a story and question my students using the target language. I’m doing the best I can now, but I would love to learn more. So many schools just do not offer the opportunity to attend conferences anymore, so going to this would be my chance to learn with the best! Thanks for providing such a fantastic opportunity!

  • Melisa
    Posted at 17:34h, 14 March

    I would love to attend this conference! I just started CI this year, and I think it’s made a huge improvement in my students’ language acquisition. I can’t wait to learn more about this method from some of the best teachers.

  • Mikayla
    Posted at 23:38h, 14 March

    I hope to attend iFLT 2016 for a number of reasons…1) I’m in the process of developing my Spanish 3-4 curriculums and I saw that Carrie Toth has a session on using novels in the upper levels. 2) I would love to see Grant Boulanger in action. I recently discovered his blog and am really interested in what he’s doing. 3) I’ve been using CI/TPRS methods for 4.5 years. I have the basics down, but I have some questions and I want to continue to improve as a teacher. Thanks for giving us this opportunity to win free registration!

  • Kathi Stalzer (@AZKathi)
    Posted at 08:58h, 15 March

    This is my 5th year teaching Spanish, my first using TPRS/CI–and by far my best year! I am looking forward to every opportunity I can get to practice, learn, and apply techniques that help me be a better teacher.

  • Karla Muñoz (@srtamunoz1)
    Posted at 13:57h, 15 March

    I am a 5th year elementary teacher. I teach about 43 sections of Spanish a week. Just a couple of months ago did I start using TPRS/CI and I LOVE IT. My students are engaged they want to speak, they want to understand. I see their brains working super hard and I my self feel super happy about everything they are learning and it is not memorization. However, I just started using this and I feel like I have a lot to learn. Thank you for providing the opportunity!

  • Boxed Pineapple
    Posted at 19:55h, 15 March

    Planning on using CI and TPRS next year. Would love some training on how to be a story telling Jedi!

  • Sherome H
    Posted at 00:16h, 16 March

    I would love to have the opportunity to attend iflt because I am a self taught TCI teacher who would love to have some official training with like-minded folks! I too have sparked interest at my school and would love to be able gain the skills to train others and convince parents of the awesomeness that is TCI! It would be a blessing not only to me but also to my coworkers! Thanks for giving me some hope 🙂

  • sraslb
    Posted at 17:38h, 16 March

    There are so many reasons to attend this conference!!! So many of them have already been stated. I’m toward the end of my career, but I REALLY would like the CHARGE/SPARK that will inevitably accompany such a gathering of phenomenal colleagues and the AWESOME presenters!!! Thank you for giving us such an opportunity.

  • Maria Fernanda
    Posted at 06:14h, 17 March

    This is my first year teaching and I love the results from CI. I just returned from CSCTFL and now would love to learn more TPRS/CI strategies.

  • Rebe
    Posted at 12:01h, 17 March

    I would love to win registration to iFLT – thanks for the opportunity! I’ve been teaching college for years and just made the transition to teaching high school. Now that I have more contact hours with my students, I have more opportunities to use storytelling than before.

  • Sam Spaulding
    Posted at 19:00h, 17 March

    Latin teachers are new to TPRS and CI, but are embracing it whole-heartedly. I am excited about using them in the classroom, and would love to have the chance for some training!

  • MmeFarab
    Posted at 10:51h, 18 March

    I would love to attend IFLT this year because it really changed the way I view CI practices and it was amazing to work with such great mentors last year! :]

  • Emily Long
    Posted at 16:41h, 18 March

    I would love to attend iFLT this year because it really helped me as I started a new job in a TCI school. I met great people who helped encourage me and I learned a lot. I hope to continue learning at this year’s conference!

  • Ryan Stuck
    Posted at 20:17h, 19 March

    I want to go to iFLT because in the middle of my first year of traditional language teaching I read research in SLA and have become disillusioned on how to proceed without the proper training. My district won’t help me financially in anyway either because it is out of state.

  • Lynne H
    Posted at 15:25h, 20 March

    I would love to attend iFLT this summer to continue my journey into CI teaching. I dabbled with CI/TPRS for a couple of years after attending a Blaine Ray 2 day workshop but just couldn’t get the hang of what to do and how to do to make the switch completely. Last summer I went to NTPRS in VA. I learned so many things, gained confidence in my ability to teach this way and began my journey. I have enjoyed teaching this year so much, my classes have loved learning and I am hungry for more. I know I need to continue growing my skills and my knowledge but with two children of my own, I can’t afford the cost of another week long conference this summer. I know the language labs would be a great avenue to continue my own personal growth. Thanks for offering this opportunity! Whoever is selected will have an amazing experience!!

  • Leah Waring
    Posted at 17:00h, 22 March

    Currently, I am using CI/TPRS in both HS Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 levels because of a lack of direction from administration/supervisors. Since myself and my 2 other colleagues (1 Spanish and 1 French teacher) are the only ones who have studied the language, we were left to decide what was best for the program. Luckily, ever since I stumbled across TPRS before my first year teaching (I viewed Michelle Whaley teach Russian in Anchorage), I had a good idea of what direction I should take. Later, there was no turning back when I attended NTPRS in Lisle, IL and Reston, VA.This summer, I am deciding to change my goals. Not only do I want to be a student in Advanced Spanish classes, but I also want to be an observer to take note of different teaching styles. Viewing in real time how master teachers use PQA to go into a spontaneous story would be a major focus of mine. If selected to go, this iFLT conference would be my first time attending iFLT. My district would not be able to help me financially as well so this would an awesome opportunity. Thank you in advance for this cool opportunity!

  • Saundra Schneider
    Posted at 05:13h, 23 March

    This is my first year teaching Spanish and I want to learn how to use TPRS in the classroom. I teach in a very rural area with few opportunities to meet fellow CI teachers; I’d love the opportunity to learn from fellow teachers!

  • Donna Conwell
    Posted at 05:59h, 23 March

    I just started teaching more withCI this year, and I could definitely use more resources and inspiration.

  • Carin Misseldine
    Posted at 06:44h, 23 March

    I would love to be able to go to the conference to strengthen my teaching.

  • Latrina Thompson
    Posted at 07:21h, 23 March

    I will be returning to teaching Spanish next year, and would love to have the opportunity to learn how to fully incorporate CI into my teaching. I was making progress before, but didn’t feel I had adequate training or support to make CI my main method of teaching. Being able to network with other CI teachers and see how I can teach with CI next year would be invaluable to me as an educator.

  • Melinda Acquaviva
    Posted at 11:41h, 23 March

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  • Larissa Miller
    Posted at 15:02h, 23 March

    I hope to attend the conference to be able to fully integrate TPRS into my Spanish classrooms. I tried it a few years ago and really enjoyed it, but have not been able to attend any workshops or professional development that would further my knowledge of it. I teach in a small school system in which PD opportunities for Spanish teachers is few and far between, and would love to be able to attend something that would have so much meaning to my content area.

    • Larissa Miller
      Posted at 15:03h, 23 March

      *opportunities are! I promise I know English grammar!

  • Valerie Guarino
    Posted at 15:04h, 23 March

    I am currently transitioning to using CI and TPRS. I learn a ton online every day. I need to learn more! I would LOVE to be able to win a registration since I am completely our of PD funds.

  • Margie Snyder
    Posted at 15:10h, 23 March

    I am transferring to high school after teaching middle school Spanish for several years. I hope to go to iFLT to strengthen my skills and to get ideas for my transition to teaching high school students.

  • Stephanie L Tison
    Posted at 15:14h, 23 March

    I hope I win my school can’t afford to send me to the conference. I really want to learn about CI.

  • Katherine Proctor
    Posted at 15:18h, 23 March

    I would like to go to the IFLT conference because I went tone a few years ago in Denver, and it really inspired me with great teaching and strategies, many of which I was immediately able to apply to my teaching. I always need refreshers and reinspirations!

  • Maureen Voris
    Posted at 15:21h, 23 March

    I would LOVE the opportunity to hear Dr Stephen Krashen and Dr. Bill Van Patten speak! I am the only Spanish teacher in my school district and need any and every opportunity to learn from and collaborate with Spanish teachers. I am trying to implement more CI strategies in my classroom and need to learn more about how to transition into being a TPRS teacher. My school is unable to pay for a conference like this, but I know I would relish it, if I could attend!

  • Allison Zilka
    Posted at 15:38h, 23 March

    I am so excited for the opportunity to attend iFLT!

  • Kayla Weaver
    Posted at 15:39h, 23 March

    I would love to attend, because I am still in the beginning stages of adapting CI methods in my classroom. I have always been the lone Spanish teacher at the school’s I’ve taught at, so I would love to have the chance to collaborate with other CI teachers in person.

  • Cynthia L. Blood
    Posted at 15:53h, 23 March

    I would love to attend this conference because I learn so much in these kinds of events. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to see and hear both Dr. Stephen Krashen and Dr. Bill Van Patten, too. Their work has added to my class so much in the past.

  • Guatemala 2016
    Posted at 15:56h, 23 March

    I am so excited about iFLT this year because it is in my state and it is the best conference I have ever attended! I have never come away with so much hands on training, great curriculum, and wonderful PLN that continually feed me new ideas.

  • maestravila
    Posted at 15:57h, 23 March

    I haven’t been to iFLT since San Diego. It is definitely time to brush up on some skills although all the blogs, tweets etc. help every day. Just want to feel some foreign teacher love.

  • Emily Edman
    Posted at 15:59h, 23 March

    I am new to the TPRS and CI world. I have taught Dual Immersion before but this is different. Language teaching is my career and my life. I would love to attend this conference in order to fully comprehend and adopt the TPRS/CI principles. I am so passionate about language teaching but need to make myself a master of this. I am not there yet. Attending a conference such as this one would help me to master these concepts and in turn make it a fantastic language learning experience for students; not just a class; but an experience!! I long for that and this conference will provide the knowledge, expertise and foundation. I hope and pray for this opportunity!

  • Andrea Winbigler
    Posted at 16:23h, 23 March

    I would love to attend iFLT because I am in my second year of teaching and already I want to completely transform my style of teaching. I have been to both WAFLT and CSCTFL the last two years and have learned a lot about CI and TPRS. I have been reading a lot of blogs about it, but know I won’t be able to implement it without the help of all the master teachers that will be at iFLT. This would be a great way for me to improve as a teacher and bring back some ideas to my more traditional department.

  • Diana Garcia
    Posted at 16:56h, 23 March

    i would love to attend iFLT this year. I am looking forward to seeing the master teachers in action!

  • Sharwin Snelson
    Posted at 16:59h, 23 March

    Hopefully I will be teaching French in the fall (first time in 18 years). I desperately need to attend an intensive training session to keep current with all the latest changes in education. The areas I need the most help with are technology, differentiation and assessment, and student motivation/interaction.

  • Mary
    Posted at 17:02h, 23 March

    I really would love to go to IFLT but would have to pay for it myself. I know it is SO worth it — I know that the best, most experienced teachers will be there sharing their knowledge, and I know how amazingly approachable and friendly people are in the TPRS/CI world can be — but now I have to replace the roof on my house unexpectedly, and money is very tight! I would be very grateful if I won the opportunity to attend. Next school year, there will be changes to our level 1 curriculum, and it would be a great time to learn new things to bring into the new curriculum

  • Kim Teal
    Posted at 17:12h, 23 March

    I am excited about learning from all the amazing presenters, getting some new ideas, sharpening my TPRS skills, and networking with other teachers from around the world!

  • Christina Bacca
    Posted at 17:24h, 23 March

    Using your resources makes going to work a joy! The students love it!

  • Brianna A
    Posted at 17:25h, 23 March

    I have been working at implementing more comprehensible input methods into my classroom over the past two years. I would like to attend the iFLT conference this year so I can get new ideas and advice on increasing the use of target language in the classroom. I want to reach the 90% mark!

  • Erika Stevens
    Posted at 17:38h, 23 March

    I have gone to TPRS/CI trainings in the past, but I now have no traditional classroom classes. I would like to learn how to integrate TPRS/WI into video-streamed, webinar, and web based language classes.

  • Allison Litten (@allisonlitten)
    Posted at 17:42h, 23 March

    I believe the iFLT is the most comprehensive and relevant TPRS/CI conference out there. I had an amazing experience the one time I went, and I am desperate to come back. It was rewarding, exhilarating, exhausting, and so informative. Seeing the language labs was probably the most powerful part, and I’d love to be able to experience it again.

  • Twila Wichtendahl
    Posted at 17:45h, 23 March

    I’m looking forward to attending this year’s conference in Chattanooga!

  • Elizabeth Techman
    Posted at 18:51h, 23 March

    I am pleased to say that I was introduced to storytelling/TPRS many years ago. I learned from the best. It has become a gentle philosophy that guides my teaching and I have weathered criticism but today stand in good company with many talented teachers who have done the same. But, education is changing, kids are changing and national conferences refresh us all and provide new ways to think about how we reach and engage students. Last year I was fortunate to be able to attend NTPRS because it was close enough for me to drive to and stay with family. This year I am certain that my luck to receive any reimbursement has run out. There are no words for the energy that these conferences create and the positive vibes that do trickle down to all of our students once the summer is over. Thank goodness for the internet and the many blogs that keep us learning and connected but being there together is a most powerful experience.

  • Allysen Clancy
    Posted at 19:02h, 23 March

    I am excited for the opportunity to see Dr. Stephan Krashen and Dr. Bill Van Pattem speak at the conference. They are our SLA superstars!

  • Rondi McGill
    Posted at 19:29h, 23 March

    I teach middle school in an inner-city school. I have wanted to implement TPRS in my class but each time I had to stop and resort back to my old ways. This year it became a necessity. My classes lead to a final and they will receive high school credit in 8th grade. I see my students every other day. I am undergoing 18 sessions of chemotherapy this year. Due to being out two days a week, I had to use something that would maximize my time and I could teach as much as possible. The result is that most of my students like the TPRS because they have been successful and are able to produce the language. I know I am not doing it exactly right, but I want to continue using it next year. I want to learn how to do it correctly and also incorporate reading.

  • Renee Hennessy
    Posted at 19:33h, 23 March

    Renee Hennessy

    I am finishing up my Masters Degree in Education and will get my Teaching license, finally, after eight years of hard work!!! I read and studied Stephen Krashen along with Asher on TPR and fell in love with not only their approaches, but their belief about acquiring language. After reading their books, I was inspired so much more to not only incorporate those techniques in my Spanish classroom, but also in an ELL/ESL classroom. I am currently applying for jobs for this fall and would LOVE to see Krashen live and learn as much as I can before starting my own journey in the great big world of education:)

  • Julia Stutzer
    Posted at 19:35h, 23 March

    I’d love a chance to observe experienced CI teachers in action! I am always inspired by observing others, their ideas and methods. It also gives me energy and enthusiasm for the next school year.

  • attheculdesac
    Posted at 19:54h, 23 March

    I thought I posted! So glad I checked! I would love to go because I am so very new to TPRS and no one around my area uses this method.

  • Sandra Tunis
    Posted at 21:15h, 23 March

    I would love to go to iFLT to get more tools for my CI toolbox! I’m fairly new to CI, and LOVE learning more!

  • Diana
    Posted at 21:16h, 23 March

    I’ve never been to Tennessee! Love these conferences, and as a department of ONE, they are essential to my growth and sanity as a teacher! Also I can’t think of a better way to spend a productive week of summer than learning from the best, and making friends that help me make it through the school year feeling nourished and supported.

  • Brian Peck
    Posted at 22:41h, 23 March

    I will be attending IFLT this summer because the TPRS community is where I re-charge and re-orient myself back to the fundamentals of SLA in practice. I will be going on my 4th year of teaching and I still have so much to learn. Plus, my school district is in crisis and I seriously need the professional support and encouragement from other teachers across the country.

  • Gretchen Yamaguchi
    Posted at 22:52h, 23 March

    I’ve gotten small tastes of TPRS the past 2-3 years and have been very intrigued and wanting to learn more! Would love to indulge in a conference dedicated solely to this method.

  • Cheryl Burger
    Posted at 22:53h, 23 March

    I’ve been wanting to attend IFLT for a few years. It’s just the thing I need for some inspiration.

  • messorihennings
    Posted at 23:22h, 23 March

    I have been learning so much through the Facebook page and youtube videos about CI/TPRS. I have now gone to observe teachers in two different high schools. While I am trying to change, I’m overwhelmed too. I believe attending the iFLT training would be an amazing experience that will help me complete the switch. Plus, I’ve been listening to Tea with BVP and would LOVE to hear him speak personally.

  • Jeff Henrichsen
    Posted at 23:46h, 23 March

    TPRS is fun and engaging. I want to got iFLT so bad. Pick me. There is a real move toward CI and TPRS in my district and I want to help lead the move because I know it is best for our students.

  • Cherish Reale
    Posted at 03:36h, 24 March

    iFLT last year was amazing and has changed so much this year for me in the classroom but I have so much more to learn. Looking forward to see master teachers sharing and demonstrating more CI techniques.

  • Jaime Kerns
    Posted at 07:59h, 24 March

    I’m ready for a change. No, I NEED a change, an infusion of something real and usable in my everyday teaching life. And I believe that attending the indepth experience at the iFLT conference in my own backyard (I live/teach in Chattanooga!) will provide me with sufficient exposure and confidence to wholeheartedly begin instructing with CI as the main methodogy.

  • gteelm1
    Posted at 08:08h, 24 March

    Hello! I am the only World Language Teacher in my building and I serve an urban population. This year I began experimenting w/ TPRS with my 4th grade students. I made a significant investment ($) last summer and now can fully say that the investment is panning out. It has been difficult because I still am a learning the technique and fighting to stay in L2 90% of the time. I want to extend this approach next year when my 4th graders become 5th graders and to my new 4th graders. By winning this contest, I will be offered an opportunity to further my knowledge on TPRS and how to best implement it in my classroom. Thank you!

  • jennywetzig
    Posted at 08:54h, 24 March

    I work in Denver Public Schools and have been lucky enough to learn from some of the most experienced CI teachers out there (Diana Noonan, Ben Slavic, Paul Kirschling, Mark Mallaney). I’d be thrilled to attend iFLT this summer as a way to continue improving my skills, gain insight into new ideas and strategies and become a part of the ever-growing CI community.

  • margfitzpatrick23
    Posted at 09:24h, 24 March

    I am a first year teacher and have loved every moment of teaching TPRS/CI. I started the year with the textbook style teaching and I could tell it was wearing on my students and I, so I made a change. Since then my students are reading and speaking a lot more and the energy and atmosphere of each class has changed for the better. I hope to learn to better my teaching skills and the way I deliver the content. I hope to learn how to ask better questions and enhance the way I circle. I know this conference will be a great chance to also network and learn from colleagues.

  • Lynn Johnston
    Posted at 11:27h, 24 March

    I would love to attend iFLT this summer! I need a comprehensible input booster shot. I want to learn from all the master teachers presenting so I can improve my presentations, and my classroom instruction. I want to blog about the conference and my experiences as it is happening, but can’t afford the whole thing on my own.

  • Arelle Hughes
    Posted at 12:02h, 24 March

    Attending iFLT would be an incredible experience and professional development boost! Spending time with other professionals that utilize the same/similar strategies and methods as I do is essential in keeping my teaching fresh and my spirit enlightened.

  • Becky Moulton
    Posted at 12:12h, 24 March

    I plan on attending iFLT this summer and like many others–the total cost for conferences comes out of my own pocket. I attended iFLT last year for the first time and observing the master teachers teaching “real students” was invaluable. I was able to learn new things and also confirm that what I’ve been doing is on track. Meeting other like minded teachers is always a needed boost and allows for great connections and networking. As others have said, it is not to be missed–iFLT is well organized and allows teachers a unique and wonderful professional development opportunity.

  • Giovanna Cappi
    Posted at 12:34h, 24 March

    I <3 CI and I always look for new opportunities to implement my teaching!

  • Heidi Evans
    Posted at 12:55h, 24 March

    I. Would love to be able to network with other CI teachers across the country. I have incorporated CI in to my teaching and I enjoy following the best of the best. I continually search out their blogs for wonderful ideas. At times I need a new idea or I get stuck in a rut. I think iFLT would be exactly what I need before I start the new school year.

  • laclasedeespanolblog
    Posted at 13:54h, 24 March

    Reblogged this on laclasedeespanolblog and commented:
    Please pick me!!!! Save me!!!!! I used to teach with TPRS 5 years ago, then I moved districts and my school was against TPRS. So I had to teach grammar based for the past 5 years. Now I see the opportunity to go back to CI and TPRS and I want to prove to my department the amazing outcomes and successes we can have by switching. I need to get up to date with CI and TPRS so I really need to make it to the conference!

  • sondraleemurphy
    Posted at 14:18h, 24 March

    I was first introduced to TCI methods through Martina Bex’s blog, The Comprehensible Classroom. I would love to attend iFLT in order to improve my understanding of TCI methods and to begin implementing new strategies to help my students become more proficient!

  • sraclimie
    Posted at 15:58h, 24 March

    I am the only language teacher in my public charter school, where language is a graduation requirement. I need to learn more and be inspired by other passionate teachers so that I can continue to provide compelling, comprehensible input in Spanish. 🙂

  • Christine Meyer
    Posted at 16:18h, 24 March

    Having implemented CI just this year with my Latin students, I feel the need for a focused saturation of methods at the conference. Because most in my WL department have not demonstrated interest in CI, especially my other Latin colleague, I wish to gain expertise from Krashen and Patten themselves in terms of making the case for the pedagogical switch.

  • Angelica
    Posted at 21:44h, 24 March

    It would be fantastic to be the lucky winner to attend this conference. I would love to attend but my school does not have funds to support professional development and I am not able to afford it by myself. It would be really beneficial for me and my students. Good luck everyone.

  • Andrea
    Posted at 09:15h, 25 March

    I would love to attend this conference, because I have only been using tprs/ci strategies for the past three years and I would love to learn more!

  • Brett Chonko
    Posted at 09:20h, 25 March

    I only started using comprehensible input methods this January, and the results are already drastic! My students are learning so much more, and I’m just at the beginning of my practice! I can’t wait to get some more training!

  • piensalomn
    Posted at 21:25h, 25 March

    I left my beloved TPRS classroom last fall to work as a clinical supervisor of postbacs pursuing K12 licensure in world languages. I would like to attend iFLT this year to develop my coaching skills to better support future language teachers.

  • kdarnell2014
    Posted at 09:36h, 26 March

    I attended the National TPRS conference last year and came back enthused and ready to go ( so I thought), but like so many others before me, found it not as easy to implement as it looks. I really need more training from the experts if I am to really make this a reality in my classroom, and I love everything the presenters for CI have to show us. I am so eager to change the way I teach so that I see a class of happy, motivated students everyday rather than what I am seeing now. I want to put the joy back into learning a language for my students, and I have seen that in action with TPRS and CI methods! I have been been teaching for 24 years and want to change the way I do things, so I really need to attend iFLT this year!

  • Andrea Maurice
    Posted at 08:11h, 27 March

    I would very much like to attend the iFLT conference because this past year was my first year implementing CI through TPRS in my classroom.
    I can tell students are really picking up on concepts, language, grammar, etc. but I also know that I can do a MUCH better job with some training.

    I saw Carol Gaab at the OFLA conference last year(2015) and also observed a couple energetic language teachers implementing similar strategies and was convinced that this was the way to teach. Frankly, I think summer is a great time to attend a conference because one is totally rested and can therefore soak it all in.

    This past year was my first year teaching middle school / high school. I look forward to learning techniques that I can use for my introductory courses, all the the way through to Spanish III. Thank you for your consideration and hope to see you in Tennessee!

  • Jordan
    Posted at 21:32h, 28 March

    I am in my second year of teaching and am working in a department dedicated to CI and TPRS methods. We attended iFLT last year for the first time, hoping to implement the use of novels, CI, and TPRS into our curriculum. After almost a full year of using these methods, I can honestly say it has been a very enjoyable experience! I really would like to attend this conference again to see things from a different perspective (having used these methods for a year). I think this would benefit me as a beginning teacher! Every little bit of practice and exposure helps!

  • Tammy Osborne de Gomez
    Posted at 21:59h, 28 March

    This is my first year officially teaching Spanish. I have been tutoring and helping students of all ages for years, and now that I am in a school I really want to fine tune my teaching skills. A colleague has introduced me to TPRS and I am intrigued and have tried to mimick some of the lessons. I really want to learn more so the kids can get the maximized benefit and fall in love with learning Spanish just as I did years ago. Thank you for this opportunity!!

  • Lina
    Posted at 14:01h, 29 March

    Having learned about Dr. Krashen’s Language acquisition theory, I started doing research on TPR’s method. I found a lot of information on this website and on youtube. I’ve started using it with my beginner elementary Spanish students and, as a result I’ve noticed that before I had expected, they started shouting phrases in the TL that make sense . However, I still need a lot of improvement which I know I’ll achieve by attending this training.

  • Caitlin Bradway
    Posted at 17:44h, 29 March

    Hmm how do I express how crucial this conference would be for myself and my team. I’ve switched to CI/TPRS this year and would love attend a conference and meet presenters/attendees that have implemented this in their classroom. I have so many questions. Anytime I read a blog, I get 1 question answered but 5 more come to mind. I love the possibilities of where proficiency teaching can take my students and this conference could do that for myself. Good luck to all other participants 🙂

  • mmezapor
    Posted at 19:47h, 29 March

    Having just switched to CI this year, I would gain so much from this conference. I am currently the driving force behind this change and so I really need to know my stuff so I can convince others to get on board! With no real “world languages” budget, I have a hard time getting my school to pay for training.

  • RTrevino
    Posted at 09:43h, 30 March

    Because I tell myself daily I stink at this TPRS/CI. I know I can do better, but how? Currently, I use the novels and teacher manual’s to assist my student’s in acquiring Spanish more naturally. I attended Scott Benedict’s conference in Wichita 3 years ago and though I try and follow the TPRS/CI community and what they are doing, I continue to feel overwhelmed and inadequate as a TPRS/CI teacher. So, I enrolled myself (reflexive!) in a master’s graduate program in curriculum instruction and design. I really want to design a better plan for teaching my student’s using TPRS/CI, but I need more information, training, and resources…no matter the cost, literally, $$$. Being that I work at a non-for-profit school, my pay is the reward of the student’s learning the target language more than the little I receive in monetary compensation. Sigh!

  • Kristi Lentz
    Posted at 20:21h, 30 March

    Excited for getting this collaboration and training on using stories and other CI in the classroom! I really just started using stories more this year and what I can see so far is great fruit in students’ comprehension. Can’t wait to learn more!

  • Carry
    Posted at 21:00h, 30 March

    I am a first year Spanish teacher. I’m new to TPRS/CI and I would LOVE to attend iFLT to make connections with like-minded language educators and learn more about strategies, stories, and how it all works.

  • Anne
    Posted at 21:41h, 30 March

    I so very much would love to be able to attend. I am trying to employ TPRS and I need to be better at it. It would be awesome if I could attend! Thank you for having this drawing!!!

  • Mindy Baker
    Posted at 11:16h, 01 April

    I am a Spanish teacher wanting to gain more knowledge and expertise in TPRS. For the last several years I have been adding more and more of these strategies to my classroom and I see the benefits! I definitely would love to attend.

  • Renee koeneman
    Posted at 18:36h, 01 April

    Who won?

  • Cristina
    Posted at 02:25h, 03 April

    I started to incorporate TPRS and CI during my last semester as a student at the University of Hawaii in the fall of 2014. At that time, I was already working with high school students and I was able to see positive results. I would love to attend the conference in Tennessee because I still have a lot to learn and I want to offer my students the best possible lerning experience. Thank you very much for your generosity.

  • Chris B.
    Posted at 15:11h, 03 April

    I am a Latin teacher who has adopted several CI methods into my Latin 1 class especially, but I am very much a novice. I am still trying to learn basic techniques and although I have attempted TPRS, I really need more hands-on practice. If I were to go to iFLT this July, I believe that I would have a much greater understanding of how to teach with CI and TPRS, and I would love to learn face-to-face with all these magnificent teachers I know from Twitter and other social media. Latin teachers have really benefited from such methods; teaching with CI is not only a great way to increase students’ interest in our language, but also a way of actively demonstrating Latin’s continued importance in society. It also allows us to teach reading, our primary goal, in a much more captivating manner. The little steps that I have taken in CI with my Latin 1 class this year prove to me that these strategies engage and include all students. For these reasons, I am very interested in attending iFLT this summer.

  • senorablanco
    Posted at 15:13h, 03 April

    I really hope to hone a lot of my TCI practices this year, and being in a new dept., I’m going to have to merge a lot of creativity and innovation with their text and what I’ve seen be successful with TCI. I’m excited, and it would be great to have some help with that cost!

  • Ruth
    Posted at 15:14h, 03 April

    Hi, I attended the last conference held in the DR as a Spanish student wanting to experience learning through the method. I took some of the optional afternoon classes. I need a booster shot!!!! And would love the teacher training- since I experienced it as a student last time. Not sure if my school will be able to pay or not- and I live in town. No travel required. Thank you so much for your generosity!!!!!

  • Kyla
    Posted at 16:52h, 03 April

    CI just makes sense and I’ve never been to a conference based on it. I really need this to take my implementation further.

  • Ipce Flores
    Posted at 17:56h, 03 April


    After a year of implementing TPRS/CI in the classroom from readings and ocassional workshops, I am in the need of a strong training from the experts.

  • Kim
    Posted at 18:08h, 03 April

    I attended the conference last year at Tartan and it was hands down the most enlightening and exhilarating PD I have had in over 20 years teaching! It was on my dime, but I was only able to attend because I lived so close.

    This is my first year using CI with the aid of TPRS materials and ideas from the awesome CI community. I’m far from perfect, but driven by crazy passion to learn more…Including listening to TeaW/BVP, learning Mandarin w/Fluency Fast, etc. My students are thriving… even the ones on learning plans are empowered…THANK YOU!!

  • SraArnold
    Posted at 18:12h, 03 April

    It would be awesome to win this registration. I love learning about effective strategies in second language acquisition and comprehensible input. I am a long-life learner and this training would be a great opportunity for me to interact in person with Carol, Carrie, Martina, Kristy, Grant, Ben, and many more experts in TPRS/CI and get inspired to create a meaningful curriculum and modify current units for my students. Thank you for your kindness.

  • Maria Gonzalez
    Posted at 20:32h, 03 April

    I think that this conference would be a wonderful opportunity for me. I am just finishing up my first year as the only Spanish I teacher at my high school. I have started dipping my toes into CI/TPRS teaching and my students are enjoying it so much more than the textbook/extensive vocabulary/quizzes work that we had been doing throughout the first semester. I have been in contact with other CI/TPRS teachers through the FB page that is available and I am convinced even more everyday that this is the right step in the kind of teacher I want to be for my students.

  • Rebekah Sledge
    Posted at 23:23h, 03 April

    After my first year of teaching I am sure that I want and need to design a CI based classroom. This conference would be a fantastic springboard toward my goal.

  • kathy
    Posted at 20:47h, 04 April

    It is time to “up my game”! I attended last year’s conference for the first time. I had to pay for it myself and would love to be able to attend this year! I teach 4 levels of junior high and high school Spanish and use a big mix of novels and TPRS curriculum.. I have tried movie talk a few times and struggle to keep class comprehensible and in the TL! I would like to add more and get really good at this!

    Posted at 10:22h, 15 July

    I am so excited for this conference to make connections, network and very lies of ideas.

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