Our current and previous Fluency Fast teachers are 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), Joe Neilson (Spanish), Jeanette Apaez-Gutierrez (Spanish) and Darcy Pippins (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 since 2000. Nine of our teachers are published authors. One of our teachers was the SWCOLT Teacher of the Year and 3 of them were Colorado Teachers of the Year.
Our newest Fluency Fast teachers completed our Fluency Fast Teacher Training: Jorge Perez de Jesus (Spanish), and Carla Tarini (French) and are currently teaching classes in the Chicagoland area.
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.
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.
Very important. We really like each other!
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. If you can teach English, we are volunteering to teach English classes to refugees and encourage you to find opportunities to contribute in this way in your own community.
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 chance to realign your teaching with other CI teachers and presenters. We hire and work with the best. Our teachers are always learning and sharing ideas.
REQUIRED READING LIST
NEW, April 4, 2017:
Second Language Acquistion by Stephen Krashen (follow link to download)
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. (X has completed the Fluency Fast Teacher Training). 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. Completing the training does not come with any guarantee of employment, not should one be inferred.
We want Fluency Fast teachers — all World Language Teachers, really — to be experts and leaders in our field. Observing 4 Fluency Fast classes to gather techniques, pacing and curriculum ideas, attending iFLT to improve your methodology, participating in coaching to take risks and get feedback and completing the reading list prior to arrival are the best ways we know to give you the tools you will need to launch your own adult classes.
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….
Who provides the curriculum?
We do. Our teachers write a new curriculum each year.
Who does the publicity?
The host does (that’s you). We add your class to our website and mailings. There are 25,000 people on our opt-in mailing list as of 2017.
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.
Join us online or in person for a Fluency Fast class, and see for yourself what a week of comprehension-based language learning can do for you!