Denver Language Institute

Fluency Fast  Denver Language Institute

July 7-10, 2017 (Friday afternoon / evening, Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

1 class: $299.00 (3 1/2 days)* (DPS - reimbursable by pro-comp / PDU available)

(Update: Scroll down for the complete schedule for each class.)

The Denver Language Institute is going to be so much fuuuuunnnnn!

Once a year we invite all of our amazing teachers from around the world to join us in one city and we teach language classes for adults using TPR Storytelling and other Comprehensible Input methods like Sheltered Subject Matter Teaching.  Some classes may have Immersion Dinners, Immersion lunches, Movies in the language, Cooking classes or Dance lessons in addition to class time filled with stories and reading and laughter.  

These are not your typical language classes!   We use brain research to rapidly increase the amount of language you can understand, knowing that, just as a baby learns, we cannot speak before we have something to say.  

If you are an intermediate or advanced speaker of French or Spanish, join us for classes specifically designed to launch you closer complete fluency and increased accuracy.  

Set aside a long weekend for an intensive, bootcamp experience like no other, Friday, July 7th through Monday, July 10th.

Beginning Mandarin for Adults with Linda Li

Advanced French for non-native French teachers and speakers with Sabrina Janzcak

Advanced Spanish for non-native Spanish teachers and speakers with Greg Stevens and Nathalia Sanchez

Beginning Spanish with Leslie Davison

Intermediate Spanish with Karen Rowan  (Which level Spanish should I take?  Scroll down to bottom.)

Beginning Frenchwith Donna Tatum-Johns


In addition to class time, we will have several Sheltered Subject Matter opportunities. They are on the schedules below. 


About Denver:

About Denver weather:  

It will be hot.  Really hot.  Around 100 degrees probably.  And it might rain.   It could hail.  It probably won't snow, but no guarantees.  Dress in layers.  Dress for everything.

If you are a teacher attending The International Forum on Language Teaching for World Language Teachers, start from this page:


WHERE TO STAY:  The Residence Inn is closest to North High School.


Airbnb:  Look up Highland Colorado (NOT Highlands Ranch)



Lyft and Uber are accessible and easy to use.  You can also rent a car from DIA.  There is a bike rack outside of North High School where bikes can be rented.  If you think you will choose this option for getting around, there is a trail nearby that leads to downtown.  You will need to bring your own helmet.



There is a train that will take you directly from the airport to Union Station in the middle of downtown.  From there, take a Lyft or Uber to your destination. (Be sure to download these apps before arriving)

(Tips from a local:  Download both.  Which is less expensive is inconsistent on weekend evenings.)


North High School

2960 North Speer Blvd

Denver, CO 80211


Parking is free. If you are parking, the parking lot is BEHIND the front of the building and faces 30th street, not Speer Blvd.  If you are being dropped off by Lyft, likewise, the front door is at the back of the building.


The Residence Inn has breakfast and a manager's reception.  There is a Safeway within walking distance of the school.  There are also several Mexican restaurants, an Italian restaurant and a local Burger place called Park Burger.  

(Tips from a local:  There is also a Mexican bakery.  Mmmmmm.)




CONTACT: 719-633-3000 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fluency Fast Denver Language Institute, SPANISH, North High School, July 7-10, 2017

Beginning Spanish with Leslie Davison


Intermediate Spanish with Karen Rowan Advanced Spanish with Greg Stevens and Nathalia Sanchez
Friday, 3pm-7:30pm 108 101 109
Saturday, 8:30a,-1:30pm 108 101 109
Lunch on your own      
Saturday 3pm-5pm

El museo de las Americas tour (Los Penitentes) and Frida Kahlo “Queen of the Selfie” workshop (in Spanish) (Open to Intermediate and Advanced max of 60 people)

Sunday, 9am-1pm 108 101 109
Sunday 1:30pm-3pm Spanish immersion lunch Spanish immersion lunch
Sunday, 7pm-10pm

7pm Bachata lesson in Spanish at La Rumba with Subbu and Reid

8pm Salsa lesson at La Rumba with Cesar McAfee

9pm open social dancing


Monday 9am-12pm

Monday 12:15pm-3:15pm



161 (room change)





163 (room change)

Monday, 4pm-6pm  Social / Dr. Krashen speaks, Lecture Hall



Fluency Fast Denver Language Institute, FRENCH, North High School, July 7-10, 2017

Beginning French with Donna Tatum-Johns


Advanced French for non-natives with Sabrina Sebban-Janczak


Friday, 2:30-7:00pm 161 163
Saturday, 9am-12pm 161 163
Lunch on your own    
Saturday, 1pm-3pm 161 163
Saturday 3pm-5pm optional participation in immersion lunch  Immersion lunch / dinner at Bistro Vendome while watching a French movie.
Sunday 9am-1pm 161 163
Sunday 1:30pm French wine and cheese tasting.  21+  Limit 20 participants.  Sign up on the first day of class. Conducted in French.  Optional for Beginning French. 
Sunday evening TBA  

MONDAY, July 10




Beginning French, 9am-12pm


Advanced French, 12:15pm-3:15pm


Monday, 4pm-6pm Social / Dr. Krashen speaks, Lecture Hall


Beginning MANDARIN with Linda Li

Room 151
Room 151
Lunch on your own  
1pm-3pm Room 151
Mandarin immersion early dinner

SUNDAY, July 9
Room 151

Confucious Institute Workshop (Beginning Chinese, so this will be presented in English) 

A brief presentation of Chinese culture
Chinese painting & calligraphy
Chinese paper cutting
Chinese opera mask making
Tai Chi Exercise
Customary Chinese clothing try-on
Preparation of Chinese dumplings
Chinese Food & Tea Sampling



MONDAY, July 10


Room 151
Monday, 4pm-6pm Social / Dr. Krashen speaks, Lecture Hall




Here's what the courses are like:

Beginning Spanish is for true beginners.  It teaches the 200 highest frequency words in Spanish.  It starts with stand up  / sit down / walk / the boy walks to the door.  This is the right level for true beginners or anyone who has limited Spanish that they can't yet put into any kind of sentences.  By the end of this 15-20 hour course, they will be able to read a book in Spanish and have some limited ability to tell simple stories and ask and answer simple questions.


Intermediate Spanish focuses on communication in the past tense to be able to tell what just happened and communicate in the present and past tenses.  Some people take this class even thought they are just BARELY past beginning -- which is fine.  They will understand a lot but communicate less.  Some people take it because they are not ready for Advanced.  The majority of our students take Intermediate multiple times.  The content is always different.  Students read one text in class together and another out of class that is appropriate to their level.  This class accepts the broadest levels.  It is our multi-level class.


Advanced Spanish is designed for students who are beyond Intermediate and have a pretty solid grasp of communication in the past and present all the way up to non-native Spanish teachers of lower level Spanish classes. We explore the trickier parts of the language like imperfect subjunctive and conditional and future grammatically, but also explore more interesting topics because we can discuss more topics freely and communicate more naturally.  We focus on vocabulary expansion.  There is no class reader, but all participants read at their own level, selecting from a variety of available readers in the library.  At this level there is still lots of input, but students are more conversational.  The outside of class requirements are higher and suggestions for prep work are sent by email at the end of May (watching Netflix series in Spanish with subtitles in Spanish, reading, etc.)

HOWEVER -- none of this matters that much because the 3 classes are intentionally simultaneous.  Those who are not sure should sign up for the class above their level and stay for the first hour.  If after an hour the class seems too difficult, they can pop down and only have missed the first hour of an easier class.  Moving up is more difficult than moving down.  If you think you think you're between Beginning and Intermediate, sign up for Intermediate.  If you think you're between Intermediate and Advanced, sign up for Advanced.  You're looking for the level that feels comfortable and comprehensible, so that you understand everything easily.  If you want more of a challenge, you can always increase your reading.


If you still aren't sure, call our office and we can tell you in less than 5 minutes.  719-633-6000



Other 2017 Denver Classes (Track one: Purple, start at Beginning after Summer Beginning Spanish / Track 2 Blue, start at Intermediate-High following Summer Intermediate class / Advanced Test Preparation)


Beginning Spanish

Thursday-Saturday, September 14, 15 and 16, 2017

Weekly  Beginning Spanish, 6 weeks, Monday nights

September 18-October 30th 

Intermediate-High Spanish

Thursday-Saturday, September 21, 22 and 23rd, 2017

DPS SLP Advanced Spanish Prep Class with Nathalia Sanchez $100 plus $20 materials fee

Thursday nights in October, 6pm-8pm

Intermediate-Low Spanish

November 2, 3, 4 

Weekly Intermediate-High Spanish, Tuesday nights

Nov. 14-28, 3 weeks

Advanced-Low Spanish

November 30, December 1, December 2, 2017

December -- PDU meetings for DPS.  Turn in your work, get credit for 3 month PDU. 


Spring 2018 TBA


Summer 2018

June 25-June 29, 2018  Denver Summer Spanish Language Institute




Comments from previous hosts:

"I was completely out of my element trying to figure out how to bring a Fluency Fast class to my church, but I had taken a course in Denver and was really eager to get both more training as a teacher and to learn more Spanish, so I bit the bullet. I sent emails to all of the other churches in Austin . The need for Spanish is so high here that we filled one class last year and another this Spring and we’re going to do it again."

– Cindy Singleton, Brentwood Christian School , Austin , Texas

"Our school’s Spanish-speaking population has increased by so much in the last few years that I knew that bringing a Spanish class to our teachers would be beneficial to everyone. The school let us send out information to the school email list. Our first class last January had 120 people in it, so they sent us two teachers. The second class in April had over 90, and they sent two teachers again. The teachers are happy, so we’re scheduling another class for the Fall ."

- Diana Noonan, Denver Public Schools , Denver , Colorado

Thanks again for coming! I'm still getting emails from those who attended... all positive! I'm also getting the video from the TV station that came out to film the class and will send to you.

– Jan Coone, Grant Coordinator, North Platte, Nebraska

The need for Spanish in Worthington, Minnesota is at an all-time high. Our first class had over 200 people. Teachers, firefighters, nurses, police officers and general members of the community who wanted to be able to communicate with Spanish-speaking residents. We’ve just held our second class and are looking forward to another one next summer. We held the class at the school and I emailed all of the teachers in our district and the surrounding districts and sent publicity out locally, as well. The local newspaper and news station covered the class. People who took the class are ready for more and interested in signing up again the next time Fluency Fast is here.

– Deanna Rowe, Worthington, Minnesota

If you are interested in bringing a Fluency Fast class in Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, Arabic or Russian or any other language to your city, please let us know. We look forward to working with you!

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