How to apply
How does it work? Register
What is a Fluency Fast teacher?
Our current Fluency Fast teachers, Linda Li (Mandarin), Nahed Hazaa (Arabic), Jason Fritze (Spanish), Karen Rowan (Spanish), Diana Noonan (French), Donna Tatum-Johns (French, English), Beth Skelton (German), Katya Paukova (Russian)
Our teachers are the best in the world. Our teachers have more than 100 years combined experience teaching languages WITH Comprehension based methods. They are widely recognized as the best in their field. We didn't train them. We found them. We convinced them to work for us because they are the most talented, engaging and experienced Total Physical Response®, Story Based Methods and other comprehension based methods teachers in the world. Think we're exaggerating? We fly our Mandarin teacher in from China. When she moved to Bangkok, we flew her in from there. Now she's moving to Saudi Arabia. We fly our Arabic teacher in from Egypt. All of our teachers have presented at National Comprehension based methods conferences between 2000 and 2007. 5 of our teachers are published authors.
What is your background and experience with Comprehension Based Methods?
Have you attended Comprehension Based Methods workshops and National conferences? Are you already an expert at comprehensible input, applying Comprehension Based Methods in a classroom and advanced Total Physical Response® techniques? Do you have a degree in education or a language? Are you fluent in the language you wish to teach? Do you have teaching experience? Then we want to help you present your own Fluency Fast classes in your own community.
Do you have strong language skills in that language you want to teach?
Would you like your colleagues? ;-)
Very important. We really like each other.
What language do you teach?
Although ultimately our vision is to teach lots of languages, Spanish is what supports us financially. Our other languages are growing. If you teach Spanish and speak it well, you're more likely to be successful in your own community..
Do you have the time to invest in continuous training?
HOW TO APPLY
1. Register for iFLT at www.iflt.org
2. Register for a Fluency Fast class, July 24-25 at www.fluencyfast.com. Also register for the FF Teacher Training.
3. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including this information
The language you teach
The language you would like to learn
Your experience with Comprehension based methods
The first 15 people who apply will be accepted unless their Comprehension-Based Methods experience is insufficient for this training, and then we will release their seat to someone else and refund 100% of their money.
4. Begin the reading list.
5. Consider purchasing the on-line classes taught by other Fluency Fast teachers.
6. Teach a lesson and videotape it. Send us the link to the video. These videos will be shared with our teachers and the other trainees. It should be no more than 5 minutes long. (Level 1 and 2)
7. Take one Fluency Fast class in a language you don't know.
8. Participate in coaching and training sessions throughout the conference. Create coaching opportunities with other trainees and practice individually. Participate in coaching workshops with zeal and reckless abandon. Attend iFLT and break out sessions with Karen Rowan on marketing, publicity and what's different about Fluency Fast.
9. Receive your Certificate of Completion certifying that you have completed the Fluency Fast Level 1 Instructor Training.
10. Write lesson plans based on what you have learned according to the University of the Pacific requirements. Make them available to the other 49 people in the class.
11. Optional: Apply for credit through the University of the Pacific for $79 per credit hour for up to 6 hours.
YOU MUST RETURN TO THE WEBSITE FREQUENTLY TO GET UPDATED INFORMATION ON THIS SEMINAR. www.fluencyfast.com/how-tos/how-to-teach.htm
Required reading list:
TPR is More Than Commands at All Levels, Seely and Romjin
Fluency Through TPR Storytelling, Seely and Ray
Learning Another Language Through Actions, Asher
The Read-Aloud Handbook, Trelease
The Power of Reading, Krashen
The Natural Approach, Krashen
Foreign Language Education the Easy Way, Krashen (Purchase through IJFLT.com, proceeds benefit the International Journal of Foreign Language Teachers)
A Whole New Mind, Pink
You Gotta Be the Book, Wilhelm
The International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching, free subscription, www.ijflt.com
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We aren't always hiring and we don't always need new teachers, but we have recently acquired new contracts that make the demand for our classes higher than the supply we can offer with our current staff. We are a growing company, and as we continue to grow we will need more teachers who believe in our mission and want to contribute to it as it germinates.
We intend to hire SOME of the teachers who attend the training to teach classes in their own communities. The teachers will assist with publicity and will provide a free or in-kind location to present the classes. (Their living rooms, their school or their church). We will provide publicity on the web site and will include the class in our email publicity. After the class, the teacher will provide us with evaluations and a video clip of the class. All teachers agree to continue with annual training.
Teachers who complete the Fluency Fast training can teach their own classes using the same model, but not the Fluency Fast name. As we continue to grow, we anticipate adding more teachers to our staff. Although many teachers are invited to participate in this year's training, and all are encouraged to use their new skills in the classroom this year, we primarily anticipate training teachers to teach on their own in their own communities, not to work directly for us.
What's the difference between teaching for Fluency Fast and teaching in a year long classroom?
There are a lot of them. Comprehension based methods training helps build a foundation, but adults are different in terms of their reasons for taking languages, their baggage, their attention spans, their issues, their ability to retain, the effect their age has on their ability to retain, what will make them promote a class versus what will make them ask for their money back....
IF YOU WORK FOR FLUENCY FAST...
HOW DOES IT WORK?
What kind of support do I get as a Fluency Fast teacher?
Who provides the curriculum?
We do. Our teachers write a new curriculum each year.
Who does the publicity?
We do and the host does.
Can I teach similar courses without being a Fluency Fast teacher?
If you haven't done Fluency Fast training, yes you can teach an adult language class. In fact, we encourage it. We want tons of adults to learn other languages. BUT, you can't call it "Fluency Fast."
Can I use the curriculum?
If you use it exactly as it was published and credit us and the teacher who wrote the curriculum, yes. Otherwise, no.
Can I use the same publicity?
No. Not unless you are working for Fluency Fast.
If you are interested in becoming a Fluency Fast teacher, please contact us:
Would you like to host a Fluency Fast Language Class?