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)*


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 Nathalia Sanchez and TBA

Beginning Spanish with Leslie Davison

Intermediate Spanish with Karen Rowan  

Beginning Frenchwith Donna Tatum-Johns


In addition to class time, we will have several Sheltered Subject Matter opportunities.  They will be announced as they are scheduled.

Saturday, July 8 3pm-5pm (Intermediate and Advanced Spanish.  Beginning Spanish if space is available.)

El Museo de las Americas.  One hour tour of El Penitentes exhibit and one hour workshop, "Queen of the Selfie:  Frida Kahlo"

Queen of the Selfie: Frida Kahlo Frida mastered the art of the “selfie” long before smart phones were invented. She fearlessly expressed her passions, fears, pain, joy, and life through her self-portraits. Students discover Frida Kahlo’s reality through her self-portraits, then make one of their own. This workshop is great for learning how Frida expressed identify and became one of the best known artists of Latin America.



ABOUT Denver:

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.)




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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