Fluency Fast Denver Language Institute 2014
July 10, 11 and 12, 2014
North High School, Denver
$399.00 (includes Fluency Fast classes and all sessions)
- Current and previous experience in CI Methods required
- Registration to iFLT required
- Class size limited to 15
Beginning Spanish with Karen Rowan July 7, 8 and 9 (mornings, M-W)
Intermediate Spanish with Joseph Dziedzic, July 7, 8 and 9 (afternoons, M-W)
Advanced Spanish for non-native Spanish teachers with Jason Fritze, July 10, 11 and 12 (mornings, TH-SA)
Beginning Mandarin with Annick Chen, July 10, 11, 12 (afternoons, TH-SA)
Thursday evening, July 10. 2 hour presentation by Dr. Stephen Krashen
$75 (Free with registration to FFT)
(Register for Dr. Krashen's presentation)
Spanish writing test-prep tutoring (optional), July 10, 11 (afternoons, TH, FRI)
Dance lessons in Spanish
Spanish immersion dinner (with native speakers)
Mandarin immersion dinner
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), Annick Chen (Mandarin), Joey Dziedzic (Spanish), Greg Stevens (Spanish), Carmen Andrews (Spanish)
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 2014. 7 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?
As not-native speakers we are all continually working on our language skills. We use our native speakers as touchstones and depend on them for proofreading and editing. We also all read a lot in the languages we teach and constantly seek out more comprehensible input.
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?
You should plan on continuing training as a CI methods teachers / TPRS teacher so that you are up-to-date on new techniques and have a change to re-align your teaching with other CI teachers and presenters. We hire and work with the best. Our teachers are always learning and sharing ideas.
HOW TO APPLY
1. Register for iFLT (The International Forum on Language Teaching)
2. Register for the Fluency Fast Teacher Training, July 10, 11 and 12 (early arrivals are welcome to attend Beginning or Intermediate Spanish July 7-9.)
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. 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. (Mandarin, July 10-12 or Attend Beginning Spanish July 7,8 and 9 at no extra charge.) If you have already taken a FF class in a language you don't know, take Jason Fritze's Advanced Spanish class.
8. Participate in coaching and training sessions throughout iFLT. 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 personalization.
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 others in the class.
11. Optional: Apply for credit through the University of the Pacific for $79 per credit hour for up to 6 hours.
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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.org, proceeds benefit the International Journal of Foreign Language Teachers)
NEW, May 29, 2014:
Teach Like a Pirate, Dave Burgess (keynote speaker at iFLT)
A Whole New Mind, Pink
You Gotta Be the Book, Wilhelm
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...
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?
The host does. We add your class to our website and mailings. There are 25,000 people on our opt-in mailing list as of 2014.
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?
REGISTER for a 3 day Teacher Training course July 10, 11 and 12