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“Thank you so much!  We really enjoyed the session yesterday, and our teachers have all sung your praises!”

Sarah L.

District Workshops

NOTICE: All district trainings for school year 2021-2022 are being booked for in-person. 

We are excited to announce that we are now booking in-person trainings with our Director of Training, Elicia Cárdenas, again for the 2021-2022 school year! Elicia is available for half-day, full-day, and multi-day workshops at your facility. While virtual trainings do serve a purpose during unique times, learning together, in a single location, face-to-face, provides the most impactful training experience we can deliver. 

OUR MISSION

To equip teachers with instructional tools that are grounded in a solid understanding of language acquisition and the belief that connection is at the heart of the human experience.

Core beliefs

1. All students are capable of acquiring a language.

2. The brain is already wired to recognize and use patterns of language.

3. Language is not built up from practice, but from exposure to consistent and constant comprehensible input.

4. Language is acquired when we understand messages; when we understand what people tell us and when we understand what we read.

5. Acquisition occurs through developmental stages.

6. What teachers call errors are indicators of developmental stages of learning.

Investment

The rate for a 1 day workshop varies depending on flight schedules, and ranges between $3,500-$4,000. This includes travel and lodging. Additional fees may apply.

TEACHING FOR ACQUISITION

Instructor: Elicia Cárdenas, Director of Training

The transition away from designing language courses based on a traditional grammar syllabus requires a shift in thinking as well as a shift in instruction. In this workshop, attendees will consider both the theoretical basis for Proficiency Oriented, Comprehension Based™ teaching and its practical application. Attendees will explore these concepts through interactive demonstrations.

 

Content:

  • Introduction to language acquisition theory and how it relates to comprehension based instruction.

  • Demonstrations of input focused strategies at a variety of language levels, experienced as a student.

  • Debriefing to unpack what teacher skills are necessary for a comprehension based class.

  • Overview of assessment and standards based grading with a focus on communicative proficiency, and reporting what students CAN DO in the target language in a classroom context.

Request a Workshop

Fill out our form below to request a workshop with The Comprehensible Classroom. 

You can browse popular workshops below and request from the list, or request a tailored training to meet your District's specific needs.

STEPPING INTO SOMOS

Instructor: Elicia Cárdenas, Director of Training

The transition away from designing language courses based on a traditional grammar syllabus requires a shift in thinking as well as a shift in instruction. In this workshop, attendees will consider both the theoretical basis for Proficiency Oriented, Comprehension Based™ teaching and its practical application. Attendees will explore these concepts through interactive demonstrations taken from the SOMOS Curriculum. This workshop is designed for districts and departments that have adopted the SOMOS, Nous Sommes, and Sumus curriculum.

 

Content:

  • Introduction to language acquisition theory and how it relates to comprehension based instruction.

  • Demonstrations of input focused strategies at a variety of language levels, experienced as a student.

  • Debriefing to unpack what teacher skills are necessary for a comprehension based class.

  • Overview of assessment and standards based grading with a focus on communicative proficiency, and reporting what students CAN DO in the target language in a classroom context.

  • "Unpacking" a SOMOS unit and tips for planning with SOMOS.

Request a Workshop

Fill out our form below to request a workshop with The Comprehensible Classroom. 

You can browse popular workshops below and request from the list, or request a tailored training to meet your District's specific needs.

ASSESSMENT FOR ACQUISITION

Instructor: Elicia Cárdenas, Director of Training

Changes in instruction require changes in assessment. Teaching for communicative proficiency necessitates that we grade for communicative proficiency. Grades should communicate what students CAN DO in the target language, within the classroom context. They should be proficiency-based Performance Grades. And they should feel manageable for teachers.

 

Content:

  • Examine and discuss relevant research pertaining to Ordered Development for language acquisition.

  • Dive deep into standards based grading practices in the world language classroom.

  • See examples of practical assessment solutions.

  • Delve into grading practices that can reduce bias and promote equity.

  • Find practical solutions to common grading problems.

Request a Workshop

Fill out our form below to request a workshop with The Comprehensible Classroom. 

You can browse popular workshops below and request from the list, or request a tailored training to meet your District's specific needs.

Advanced Series 1: Beyond the Basics

Instructor: Elicia Cárdenas, Director of Training

Departments that have adopted an acquisition based approach still have need for ongoing support. Our Director of Training can work with you to determine specific workshop topics to support teachers in developing their skills as acquisition based teachers.

 

Content:

  • Differentiation skills in a Comprehension-based classroom

  • Selecting and using appropriate texts and resources

  • Anti-racist practices for Comprehension-based classrooms

  • Creating a free reading program

  • Teaching with language learner literature

  • Using music and songs

  • Classroom engagement strategies

Request a Workshop

Fill out our form below to request a workshop with The Comprehensible Classroom. 

You can browse popular workshops below and request from the list, or request a tailored training to meet your District's specific needs.

 
 
 
 
Request a Workshop

Fill out our form below to request a workshop with The Comprehensible Classroom. 

You can browse popular workshops below and request from the list, or request a tailored training to meet your District's specific needs.

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